3 Things That Are Harming Your Gut Health

The saying “You are what you eat.” is very accurate for this post. Why? Because your gut health contributes a lot to your overall health. 70% of the cells that make up your immune system lives in your gut wall! And that 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract?

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If you noticed that you have been getting sick a lot lately, feeling lethargic or getting brain fog and the main reason could be that you haven’t been eating well. When your digestive tract is impaired, you are susceptible to a lot of physical ailments.

Processed Food

If you check the label and you find ingredients that you can’t pronounce, it is probably packed with additives, preservatives, chemicals and refined sugars. These can disturb the balance of bacteria in the gut and may lead to inflammation and other digestive disturbances such as constipation, cramps, bloating and weight gain.

Be wary, because not all processed foods are microwaveable meals and other ready meals. Processed food can be any food that has been altered in some way during preparation such as freezing, baking, canning, and drying.

3 Things That Are Harming Your Gut Health

A few examples of common processed foods include:

  • Tinner vegetables
  • Junk food such as crisps, sausage rolls, instant noodles
  • Cakes and biscuits
  • Soft drinks
  • Bacon, ham, deli meats and hotdogs

However, not all processed foods are unhealthy because other foods need processing to make them suitable for consuming such as pressing seeds in order to make oil. But the majority of them may contain high levels of salt, sugar, and fat.

Gluten

The world gluten is derived from the Greek word “glue”. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will. Gluten is a protein that is mostly found in barley, wheat, rye and other grains. It’s a glue-like sticky protein that gives food that chewy and satisfying texture. It can also be very hard to digest that can lead to intolerance. If you have gluten intolerance, your immune system goes into attack mode and can damage your gut wall. It can start triggering other gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, headache, skin rashes, fatigue, and in serious cases, vomiting and severe stomach pain.

Even if you don’t have a severe reaction, gluten could be responsible for your brain fog and lethargy.

3 Things That Are Harming Your Gut Health

Here are some examples of food that contain gluten unless stated otherwise:

 

  • Malt or malt flavoring
  • Soups
  • Commercial broths
  • Cold cuts
  • French fries
  • Processed cheese and mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Beer
  • Soy sauce, teriyaki sauces, and salad dressings
  • Fruit fillings and puddings

Refined Sugar & Other Artificial Sweeteners

I’ve already made quite an argument about how toxic sugar can be. Artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrups aren’t any different. These types of sugar and sweetening substitutes can encourage an overgrowth of bad bacteria that can cause allergies, inflammatory bowel, leaky gut, thrush, hormone disruption and nutrient depletion. It’s mostly present on junk food, juices, breakfast cereals, soft drinks, and condiments.

If you walk into a grocery store, you’ll find this toxic sugary goodness everywhere. Most products that contain them are those that are labeled as “diet” or “reduced sugar”.

3 Things That Are Harming Your Gut Health

It can even be found in some foods that claim to have natural ingredients, like:

  • Cookies and muffins.
  • Fruit Juices
  • Splenda & Equal
  • Some yogurts
  • Popcorn
  • Chocolate drinks
  • Icecream
  • Ketchup

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11 Comments

  • Marina Bozek says:

    This is why eating healthy is important. Also, having a lot of fiber in your diet is very crucial as well. You need to make sure that you’re cleansing your gut by getting a lot of fiber to sweep away those unwanted waste.

  • Zerin Martin says:

    I thought being gluten intolerant is only for those who are rich because they’re picky with food. ?

  • Processed food usually gives me allergies. Probably because of the amount of preservatives in them. Even canned goods give me allergies! Such as those tuna flakes that even claim to have Omega 3 in them. Just imagine that those foods are meant to last longer than your average fresh food. Whatever is in that can that doesn’t make it easily go stale is scary.

    • Olive Williams says:

      I’ve had the same experience. Even with sardines. Sometimes I just have no time to cook and I just keep them in my cupboard.

  • Monique Malick says:

    One thing you should avoid giving your kids: Hotdogs, ham and bacon. No matter how tempting and easy it is to cook them, they contain so much unsafe ingredients that are known to cause cancer. Whenever my kids would crave them because they tasted it in school or some classmate gave it to them, I tell them that they can have it ONCE a week. I feel bad about not letting them indulge and I think it’s just better to try your best to reduce the intake as much as possible. It’s also the same with instant noodles or those instant ramen stuff…

  • Mildred Davis says:

    The 3 ingredients are very hard to avoid. Food manufacturers usually remove one of the unsafe ingredients only to replace it with another unsafe ingredient that most people don’t know about. It’s like everywhere you look, you’ll find unhealthy things in the grocery store. This is why people’s lifespan nowadays are so short compared to how it was back in the days.

    • Oxi Harger says:

      It’s really safer to just eat food that aren’t in packages and cans. Just the regular vegies and all.

  • Kelly Milone says:

    Oh no..! What do I do.. I love teriyaki sauces!

  • Rebecca Bogert says:

    It’s almost impossible to avoid the 3 of this. Especially the sugar. Food companies are so tricky!! ?

  • Cindy Simon says:

    You guys know what’s scary, most of the things here can be found in kid’s food.

    • Ella Rodriguez says:

      I know! Even those crackers with fruit fillings already contain 2 out of 3! So frustrating.

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