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How To Reset Your Gut

April 26, 2021 POSTED BY: TEAM JETSON

Allow us to set the stage. You’ve just received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and you’re ready to bounce back like the year 2020 never happened. What’s one thing you can do to improve your mental health, metabolism, bloating, and skin? Look no further than this guide on how to reset your gut.

What are the symptoms of an unhealthy gut? 

An unhealthy gut does a good job of giving you signs that something is wrong. These symptoms are an “SOS” that you should consider resetting your gut:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood Swings
  • Bloating
  • Weight Fluctuations
  • Poor Sleep
  • Skin Irritation
  • Autoimmune Conditions (ahem, Digestive Conditions)
  • Excessive Gas
  • Brittle Nails and Dull Hair
  • Heartburn and Acid Reflux

How to reset your gut

Think of this gut health reset like the fast lane to a healed gut. A lot of these tips can be made into lifestyle changes, but some of them aren’t meant to be long term. In fact, most gut health resets last anywhere from 3-14 days. 

Here’s the roadmap to restore gut health and feel better than you have in years… Well, at least a year.

  • Remove: Avoid any harmful foods and even stressors until you’re ready to end your gut health reset. If dairy gives you the ick, maybe lay off for a bit. Gluten gives you a bloat? Opt for cauliflower crust (it’s good, okay?)
  • Replace: We’re all about enrichment, not deprivation. Put good stuff back into the digestive system, like supporting nutrients, acids, and enzymes. This sounds fancy, but all you’ve got to do is get more whole foods onto your plate.
  • Repopulate: If your gut has been through a lot lately, give it some extra good bacteria to challenge all the bad bacteria that’s thriving in your gut. How? With a probiotic!
  • Repair: Heal the gut lining to keep toxins out of the blood stream. Bone broth is a great way to do this.
  • Rebalance: This is arguably the most important factor. Once you’re starting to feel the difference of your gut health reset, you’ll need to create a sustainable balance of nutrition and lifestyle habits. It’s not healthy to be in a permanent “reset” state.

How to reset your gut with probiotics

Taking a probiotic while on your gut health reset can help achieve the results you’re looking for. But with shelves stacked tall on every supplement aisle, what should you look out for when shopping for one?

  • In order for a probiotic to actually work, the bacteria inside of it need to be alive. When a probiotic uses generic, unnamed strains, there’s no way to tell if the microorganisms are still living. And if they’ve been sitting on the shelf for too long, chances are they’re not. 
  • Multiple strains are key! The more diversity in your gut, the better it can perform. Kind of like everything else in life, huh?
  • Do you know what your probiotic capsule is made of? You should. If the capsule isn’t built to survive stomach acid, then you can kiss all those CFUs of bacteria goodbye (they can’t survive the stomach acid easier.) 

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Here’s some more advice, while you’re at it.

Can fasting heal your gut?

If you’re crawling the internet looking for how to reset your gut, steer clear of these misleading pieces of advice:

  • Fasting: Intermittent fasting has received quite the hype lately, but consistency is actually key when it comes to gut health. When you eat regularly, you’re allowing your body to process nutrients – instead of letting them sit around and collect gas. Plus, missing out on valuable vitamins and nutrients is no way to restore your gut health!
  • Fad diets: There’s a reason the dictionary defines “fad” as a “short-lived craze without basis.” When several fad diets were studied for their ability to modulate the gut microbiota, research found that they actually led to a decrease in beneficial gut bacteria – paving the way for harmful health outcomes in the long-term.

What foods heal your gut?

Rather than fasting and fad diets (aka restriction), work on enrichment by adding these foods into your diet:

  • Probiotic-rich foods: Sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and tempeh are all great ways to get an extra boost of good bacteria.
  • Bone broth: Okay, this can feel a little hype-y. But bone broth actually aids in the production of gastric juices that are responsible for digestion, strengthens the intestinal lining, and soothes the gut.
  • Fiber, or prebiotic-rich foods: The ideal kind of fiber comes from complex carbohydrates in fermentable plant fibers. These support good bacteria already present in the gut – like food for your bacteria to munch on so they don’t give up on their job. 

There you have it. Gone are the late nights scrolling Tik Tok, listening to “wellness influencers” talk about complex diets they probably don’t know much about. How to reset your gut is simple – fill your body with quality nutrients and it will be happy. And if Jetson is added into the mix, even better.