I help people live pain free lives through the correction of posture and via exercises that help the body build balanced strength and tension. This is not easy work, for me or the client.
During the years I have been doing this work, I have noticed some clients always come in fresh, energetic and ready to tackle the session.
Whereas others, despite being motivated to improve, struggle with focus, intensity, and energy. In short, some people seem hamstrung in their progress by a general lack of vitality.
This post, like much of life, is all about gut health.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or licensed dietician of any sort, and none of this information should be taken as medical advice. That being said, it is human nature to spot patterns and notice trends.
In my work with clients, the ones that come in with their mind foggy and their body “heavy”, tend to share common behaviors:
They eat too many grains, suffer from gut problems, (whether they know it or not), and come to sessions (and live their life), with chronic low grade inflammation, which leaves them with any of a vast array of symptoms. In plenty of cases the symptoms would never be suspected of having roots in gut health.
The stomach shares nerves with the muscles of the core. When the gut is inflamed it effectively shuts off the firing capacity of the muscles in the core that stabilize the lower back. This is seen commonly in those who eat a lot of wheat.
When this happens, it does not matter how much we have strengthened your hamstrings, aligned your back for good spine health, or opened your ribcage for optimal breathing, low back pain will always be a risk.
The guidelines in this post are general tips to start improving gut health and biodiversity.
They are super general because I want them to work with whatever diet you have found works best for you.
Just do the best you can, and hell, maybe read a book on the subject this weekend instead of Netflix. (Or not, no judgement…. (; )
The goal is to heal the gut wall, reduce inflammation, and increase the diversity of species in your gut.
This is done by eating in such a way as to provide the various creatures and life in our gut with the nutrients they need to thrive so they can help us thrive.
Before we continue, these are some of my current most recommended books on diet and health.
Gut and Physiological symptoms
In Defense of Sugar, The Sweet Truth
How to Heal Your Metabolism
Here are the guidelines:
- Eliminate grains as much as possible, especially wheat.
- Eat lots of fermented foods. There are many different types of fermented foods.
- Every now and then go without food from dinner one night to dinner the next night to complete a 24 hour fast. ( if that’s too hard skip breakfast a few times first).
Fermented foods are paramount. They are your one real source of probiotics and digestive enzymes. No pill can compete with the quality probiotics delivered from fermented food. The digestive enzymes in FF will help your meals sit a lot lighter. Go 2 years of eating some FF on most days and see if you are not a new person.
I recommend buying fermented foods only from farmers markets or grocery stores where you can get truly fermented foods without any preservatives. I highly suggest learning to make your own if you have the time, its not hard. The book: Nourishing Traditions is a great resource for this.
Also, pickled foods DO NOT count, as they are not fermented but preserved via vinegar and do not carry the same benefits.