‘Garbage guts’ is a colloquial term used to describe a person who continually stuffs themselves to the brink of explosion with food. Urban dictionary defines the term as ‘A person who continually stuffs themselves within an inch of their life on garbage junk food. They usually end up getting a funky “butt in front” gut.’ However the term can carry a different meaning depending on your friendship circle. In mine, a ‘garbage guts’ is the person who eats all the left overs. Regardless of your take on the term, they all point in the same direction: Someone who overeats or someone who eats a lot of junk food.
‘Gut health’ can loosely be defined as the body’s ability to breakdown foods and the absorption of nutrients. From a scientific standpoint, gut health refers to probiotics (good bacteria) that line the intestinal tract, essential to digestion. Ongoing studies have found, that the bacterial makeup differs from person to person especially in those with diseases. It has since been linked to depression.
As we all know, eating the right foods is essential to good health; but what determines whether a food item is classified ‘healthy’? In the video below Paul Chek outlines the importance of ingesting biocompatible (foods that are easily broken down and absorbed) foods for overall well-being.
Paul Chek is a internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology. For over twenty-five years, Paul’s unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide, many of his clients, his students and their clients. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute, based in California, USA and the P~P~S Success Mastery Coaching Program.
A Healthy gut = A sexy stomach
A healthy gut full of probitiocs has a lot of health benefits, and can also lead to a slimmer and toned waistline; whilst an unhealthy gut can lead to weight control issues. The risk of ‘Leaky gut’ syndrome is also increased (symptoms include bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains).
Your gut controls the efficiency of your metabolism. Healthy guts have a faster absorption rate of fatty acids and carbohydrates, and can even increase how many calories we store as fat. With a troubled gut, you could consume the same amount of food as someone with better gut health, but your body will process the calories differently. There is also a connection between leaky gut and increased leptin production (hormone responsible for storing fat).
The Gut Health Detox – Improving Gut Health
- Remove all carbohydrates that aren’t fruit or vegetables for at least ten to fourteen days.
- Eat omega 3 enriched foods.
- Eat probiotic enriched foods.
- If it comes from mother nature, eat it; if it comes in a packet, throw it away.
- Limit your intake of process foods
- Include omega 3 enriched foods into your diet
- Include prebiotic and probiotic foods into your diet to improve healthy gut bacteria