Your What Type Of Gut Do You Have?
You Have A Grumpy Gut
Hey There! It's me, your Grumpy Constipated Gut.
I know I sometimes frustrate you. I can make you late to work because you are trying to have a bowel movement before getting out the door, or make you so uncomfortable by the end of a few days without movement that all you can do is lay on the couch and binge on Netflix in discomfort.
Your loved ones don’t fully understand, and I’m sorry for that.
Want to know the good news?
There are ways to improve this, so that you can get back to living life without worry! (ps - if Grumpy Gut doesn't sound like you, click here to see the others)
Want to know some potential root causes to me being constipated?
Food intolerances and/or sensitivities (we might be having a multi-day delayed reaction, making it difficult to connect the dots, but keep reading as there are ways to help with this!)
SIBO/SIFO or other gut dysbiosis (basically, meaning, our gut bugs aren’t properly balanced - overgrowth of methane producing bacteria is known to contribute to constipation)
Stress and other lifestyle factors
Low stomach acid (are we stressed, or on a medication that decreases stomach acid, that was meant for short-term? Because adequate stomach acid is very important in making sure our gut motility, or in fancy words peristalsis, is functioning properly)
Inadequate bile production (do we have our gallbladder? Do our stools float? This could be a sign. We need fat to be absorbed because it’s important for our cells and brain to function properly, and bile is needed to maintain the health of our intestines, especially for that peristalsis we just talked about)
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies (example: inadequate magnesium can contribute to poor gut movement and thus, contribute to constipation)
Next, want to know some proven approaches to improving a grumpy gut like ours?
Here are a few of many:
Targeted food elimination and reintroduction to find food intolerances and/or sensitivities
Functional lab testing to help figure out what exactly is going on
Support for bile and enzyme production
Specific yoga poses to provide gas and bloating relief, such as Child’s pose, Downward Facing Dog, and Cat/Cow pose
Individualized supplements can be trialed under the guidance of a functional medicine dietitian (example: magnesium citrate can be very helpful for improving constipation, which for many can help to relieve pressure and some gas/bloat, and some supplements can help to support stomach acid to assist the body in breaking down foods better to decrease risks of food intolerances and sensitivities - all about getting to the root cause of the issues!)
Techniques to help relief stress and other contributing lifestyle factors
And if we’re finally, truly, going to get rid of this diarrhea, we will have to dive deeper, learn more, and put in some time and effort.
Are you interested to learn more?
If so, we have a Masterclass for you...
Hi! Ashley Oswald here! With the team of gut health nutrition specialists at Oswald Digestive Clinic.
This Masterclass is designed to provide you with some important information about what to consider when working to improve your gut health.
Did you know that 90% of Gastroenterologists (gut health doctors) state diet is as effective as medication for common gut symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal discomfort?
Further, did you know that it’s estimated that 61% of people had a bothersome gut issue the week prior (based upon a survey sent out in 2018)?
98% of our clients at Oswald Digestive Clinic have been able to improve or completely resolve their gut issues (yes, we carefully track symptom improvement!)
"I am happily shocked by how much my sensitive stomach has changed! ... my bathroom anxiety is WAY less severe ... (practically gone)! I know it may sound cheesy, but thank you for changing my life"