You’ve heard the saying that it’s what’s inside that counts? Well, that’s especially true when it comes to your belly. Whether you love the way you look in a crop top or feel like there’s room for improvement, what’s going on in your gut is vital to your overall health. In fact, if you’re feeling down, or anxious, or capable of manslaughter, it might be your gut, not your brain that’s to blame.
There’s a weirdly close connection between your gut and your brain. Ever noticed how just thinking about speaking in front of a group makes you nauseous? Yeah, that's the gut-brain connection at work. Being anxious or depressed upsets your stomach.
In some cases, it’s the other way around. Bloating, stomach upset, and other bathroom issues can actually cause your mental health to suck. If your gut is sending the wrong signals, get ready for depression, anxiety, and a desire to eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
So what’s a woman to do when her gut health, or lack thereof, has her feeling more kicked-puppy than kick-ass? Well, we’re not doctors, but we do know a thing or two about what makes people (and their guts), happy.
1. Eat foods with probiotic and prebiotic ingredients.
Probiotic foods include: plain yogurt, cottage cheese, kombucha, and apple cider vinegar. They contain live beneficial bacteria that your belly needs. Cooking or overprocessing ruins them, so go as raw as you can handle.
Prebiotic foods are: onions, garlic, cabbage, legumes, and oats. They help nurture the growth of probiotic bacteria. Basically, you eat prebiotics and then the bacteria in your guts eat them again. Yum.
2. Ditch the sugar.
Sugar, especially processed sugar, upsets the probiotic balance in your body. So you may think you’re treating depression with that king size candy bar, but you might actually be making it worse.
3. Just chill out.
… and the award for “Stupidest Thing To Say to A Stressed Person goes to, “why don’t you just relax?”” (cue music). It is true that if you’re stressing, your gut is going to suffer but chilling out is easier said than done. That’s why we made Unwind tea. It has Kava Kava to fight restlessness and holy basil to release stress. Sip it instead of throat chopping the next person who tells you to calm down.
4. Detox and cleanse.
If your gut is way out of whack, you might need a good detox and cleanse. Detox - Trust your Gut is a daily detox tea with ginger to support digestion, holy basil to support purification and dandelion for detoxification. Your liver will thank you. And clean up your act with Cleanse. It has Fenugreek for bloating and Senna to support deep cleansing.
5. Get Some Sleep.
Poor sleep affects your gut. It actually seems to kill off beneficial bacteria. Our Dream tea will help you get to your happy place a.k.a. Your bed. It has Valerian root to support tranquility and Lemon Balm to support restful sleep.
Taking care of your gut health might just be the self-care secret weapon you’ve been looking for. And remember, you’re a badass bitch and you’ve got this.*
*Disclaimer: if you don’t "got this", it’s totally okay to ask for help, from your spouse, from your friends, or from a professional.