Vacuuming out the Gut
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Open the curtains, vacuum the floors, get rid of the dust and let the sun in! That’s what I think of when I start my spring cleaning my house. But what about spring cleaning for the body? It’s just as important, after being cooped up in the house, less vitamin D, hardly any walks around the block, don’t forget the holiday and warm weather food we all like to indulge in. So now that we have opened up the curtain to see what’s going on in our bodies, the first step is vacuuming out the gut.

Where to Start: 

Alcohol

Let’s face it: alcohol can be fun at a party, but it isn’t really doing your body any favors.  Whether you are a social drinker or a frequent flyer, alcohol definitely has both short and long-term consequences.  The liver is what helps us break down and eliminate toxins from the body.  These toxins can include anything from alcohol to pesticide residue as well as a host of ingredients that can be found in processed foods.  Since alcohol holds no nutritional value, it’s really just giving your liver an extra-large workload and can cause sever inflammation and disease over time.  Try greatly reducing your alcohol intake or eliminating it altogether to get your body back on track.

Processed Foods

We know that processed foods are usually the cheapest and most convenient of foods.  They’re also the most difficult to digest and often the most nutritionally bankrupt foods out there.  Commonly referred to as “empty calories”, processed foods often contain a majority of ingredients that your body can’t actually use for fuel.  In this case, your body is working extra hard to break down these ingredients, but is not being properly fueled to do so.  You end up with low energy as well as possible headaches and indigestion.  If you’re in a pinch for time, stop by your nearest Evolve and grab some nutritionally dense and super quick meal options for you or your family.

There are also a couple of options to really boost your gut cleansing process.  Based on your needs and your lifestyle, you could try both of these methods to really vacuum out the hidden issues in your digestive tract.

Intermittent Fasting

The most common form of intermittent fasting is known as 16:8.  This means that you choose any 16 hour window in which to fast, and you eat all of your foods within an 8 hour window.  For most, this can look like eating from 10 am – 6 pm and fasting from 6 pm – 10 am.  The good news is that most of your time fasting will be while you’re asleep.  Using an extended window of fasting allows your gut time to heal itself naturally and can also boost your metabolism.  You will still consume your regular amount of calories within your eight hour window.

Probiotic

Probiotics are live bacteria that help restore the proper and healthy balance of “good” bacteria within your gut.  This will also assist your body in becoming the well-oiled machine it was intended to be.  Adding these to your daily regimen can help with digestion issues, regularity, and nutrient absorption and you can grab a bottle next time you’re in store to pick up some food.

It may seem like a lot to take in, but the concept is simple.  Pick a couple of bad items to remove from your diet and choose a couple of good items to add back in.  Small swaps can lead to big changes within your body and every little step counts.

These are ways to cleanse (vacuum out your gut). When you start adding food back in to we at Evolve, we offer meals that support several popular and effective diets. Check us out!

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