Our gut has a huge impact on not only our digestion but our overall wellbeing too. When the gut becomes inflamed or our balance of gut bacteria is compromised, it can lead to issues with nutrient absorption and deficiencies affecting our energy, mood, and motivation.
It’s not just what you eat, it’s what you absorb
A diet rich in whole foods like nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds is important to fuel our body and give us energy. But if our gut isn’t working as it should be, we can run into issues digesting our food properly which can leave us feeling tired and lethargic.
When the gut lining is irritated, important vitamins and minerals needed for cellular energy production - like magnesium, B12, and B5 - may not be well absorbed from our food. On top of this, undigested food particles can cause further inflammation and result in an imbalance of gut bacteria. As our gut microbiome plays a big role in synthesising some B vitamins and regulating our blood sugar levels, any disruption to this delicate system can leave us easily fatigued and lacking in the energy department.
Nourish the gut, and boost your energy
If you’re feeling like you could use a bit of a boost, addressing your diet and gut health is a great place to start. Be sure to avoid any processed and high refined sugar foods as well as alcohol, as these can further irritate our intestinal lining and are often lacking in nutrition. Focusing on whole foods, especially fibre-packed fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, and fermented foods are all ways to keep the gut and its millions of microbes happy. If you’re in need of some extra support, consider gentle herbs or supplementation such as slippery elm, marshmallow, and glutamine, to help soothe and repair any inflamed gut tissue and help with overall digestion function.It’s happy gut time