There are lifestyle changes that will help you along your gut health journey.
Diet is clearly connected to gut health. I have never asked anyone to do extreme sudden diet changes. If you are doing a gut health protocol with us AND you are trying to follow these suggestions your cravings and appetite should change as well. Just don't fight the changes. Work to make healthy diet changes.
Here is the interesting thing, many people with serious gut issues cannot suddenly jump into eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes. My suggestion is to eat what is not going to flare up stomach issues. If you have frequent to chronic bloating, I do suggest initially considering the low-FODMAP diet. I don't believe that it is a sustainable, fun, or good eating plan. I had to avoid many healthy vegetables myself for about 6 to 9 months when started my own gut health journey to keep my bloating down.
If you can't do intermittent fasting that is okay. We suggest it for at least 12 hours if you can. We do find it helpful to gut health. But if you can't, then don't.
Stress is a disaster on the gut, but also stress is just part of life. Doing your best to manage stress is will help your gut. In times of high stress, modifying your gut maintenance plan to be moderately aggressive can help offset the effects of stress.
I am sure the sweeteners I mentioned are going to set some people off. I am not trying to offend. We simply find that they are significantly better than other options: high sugar quantities, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. I also acknowledge that these sweeteners can take some time to get used to and can have a bitter afternote to them.
The key to everything is finding balance for you. Your plan needs to fit you. Making small simple adjustments one at a time also makes it more manageable.
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