Imagine you wake up and you don’t feel that annoying pain in your wrists, your back isn’t aching and your joints throbbing. How would your life be different, if you could walk around without that constant pain by your side?
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said all healing begins in the gut. And emerging research supports the growing testimony that a healthy gut plays a strong role in disease and pain prevention.
As we now know, our diet and the types of foods we eat play a major crucial role in balancing out our gut microbiome. When our gut is out of balance, or we experience dysbiosis, we get systemic inflammation in our body that triggers a lot of pain, illnesses and diseases. And while we know how an unbalanced gut affects our digestion, we are only now beginning to make the gut-pain connection, and how dysbiosis is linked to joint pain as well as other symptoms like anxiety, fatigue, mood swings, skin issues and weight gain.
Your gut acts as a middle man between your digestive tract and your blood, which means it’s the gate keeper for nutrients from the food you eat to pass through while keeping everything else like bacteria, toxins and pathogens out. When that barrier starts breaking down, your gut lining becomes inflamed and porous, in that it starts letting the bad guys in. This can trigger auto immune responses in some people and leads to leaky gut and a whole host of gut pain.
How can you ensure this doesn’t happen?
The bottom line between this gut-pain connection is inflammation.
If you’re dealing with aching joints, or pain, swelling, stiffness or have been diagnosed with leaky gut or auto immune flare ups, inflammation is the major contributing factor. It’s one of the crucial things that affects your gut, and something we cover in my Gut Masterclass, and here’s the best thing: you can do this without medication or drugs. In fact, approaching this holistically, from the root cause, and lowering inflammation along with the right lifestyle and dietary changes can heal and rebalance your gut, reverse autoimmune conditions and get rid of your pain, for good.
Here are my Top 3 Ways to Quickly Get Rid of Pain By Balancing Your Gut in 3 Easy Steps
1 Ramp Up The Right Fats
Fat has had a bad wrap for decades, (since influential policymakers and lobby groups pushed their own agenda’s in the 50’s) but people are now getting more informed and seeing for themselves how healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil and omega 3 fatty acids found in wild caught fish help with balancing out the gut and pain.
Action Step: Increase quality oils and fats as part of your dietary intake, especially in the morning to decrease inflammation, increase concentration and reduce pain.
Hit list: Olive Oil, Avocado, Avocado Oil, Coconut oil, MCT Oil, Grass Fed Butter, Grass Fed Ghee, Krill Oil, Wild Caught Salmon, Mackarel, Sardines, Chia Seeds
2. Focus on Fibre (But Ditch The Cereal)
The latest research shows fibre helps eliminate toxins from your gut.
Eating soluble fibre with your meals will help slow your stomach emptying so you have more time to absorb the nutrients and minerals you’re eating, keeps you fuller for longer and stabilises your blood sugar levels.
Insoluble fibre on the other hand is a powerhouse of lower inflammatory stress in your gut. Great sources of insoluble fiber are walnuts, cauliflower, celery, green beans, spring onion and leeks.
Action Step: Aim to include 5-6 servings of both soluble and insoluble fibre rich veggies in your daily intake with each meal from the list below.
Hit List: almonds, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, green beens, zucchini, squash, carrots and sweet potato.
3. Boost The Good Guys in Your Gut
Natural probiotics are the best way to go, by helping to re-balance your gut. Fermented foods are a great source for SOME people but not everyone because some people react to the histamines in fermented foods. Just to be clear, please don’t buy into the marketing hype of fermented foods being the miracle cure for your gut – these are band-aid options that are accessible and easy to use, but not worth much without addressing the CAUSE of your gut problem.
Action Step: Address the root cause of your gut pain first for true recovery, and supplement with natural probiotics such as fermented foods.
Hit List: Coconut yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir but this is a highly individualised case by case scenario
These 3 tips are just some of the strategies we cover in my Gut Masterclass, to lower your inflammation. And knowing how to do that will give you instant improvements but I’ve been looking at the latest research, and knowing two other critical things you need to address, along with lowering your inflammation, are what will give you the consistency and control you need to heal and balance your gut for good.
Want to find those two secret things, that are often overlooked, keeping you stuck in a gut rut? Join my free Gut Masterclass and book your free Gut Assessment, where you’ll uncover my three tiered approach to good gut health, and finally getting rid of your pain, fatigue and digestive issues.
About the Author:
Anna’s mission is to connect, support and empower women who are stressed, overwhelmed and fatigued to start taking control.
Specialising in Women’s Health, Anna works with women to help them find relief from their health symptoms, along with the energy, confidence, clarity and self-efficacy to take back control of their wellbeing in parallel to their busy lives.