In late 2019, I had to go to the ER because of a gut infection that felt like appendicitis. While the whole experience wasn’t fun it brought to light a lot of things. I now had to be careful of certain foods and drugs.
It was expensive and it taught me a lot about having and keeping your gut healthy. Here simple ways to help you keep your gut healthy.
A lot has been said about the health benefits of drinking water. Keeping a water bottle next to you can have tremendous effects on your gut. I keep a water bottle next to me while working. Not only does this prevent me from drowning in coffee but it helps with keeping healthy habits, and aiding digestion.
Track your eating Habits
Are you eating enough proteins, carbohydrates, fruits, or vegetables? Tracking your eating habits shows you which food groups you’re neglecting.
It can also help you improvise, add fruits and recipes that make your meals fun, healthy and inspire you to keep eating healthy. If you’re having a hard time tracking your habits and experimenting with new recipes, create a food time table.
This time table doesn’t have to be set in stone but can guide you in creating healthy delicious meals.
Take a Gastrointestinal Health Test
The first health test I got at the ER was an appendicitis test. When that came back negative I went on to have a series of other tests. It turned out that I had an intestinal infection but the pain was so bad that I couldn’t walk.
You don’t have to wait until you fall sick to check the condition of your gut. If you live in the US, health labs have gastrointestinal tests that you can order, conduct at home and send it to one of their labs.
These tests include:
- Celiac disease antibody screening test.
- H. Pylori testing.
- Immunoglobin A IgA test – High IgA levels can be linked to respiratory & gastrointestinal infections and malabsorption.
- Lactose intolerance tests.
- Occult blood, faecal, immunoassay test – detect the presence of occult (hidden) blood in faecal matter.
- Tapeworm IgG test – will determine if Echinococcus parasites, also known as tapeworms, are present by detecting antibodies to them.
You can find your preferred tests and labs here.
This experience taught me to be proactive about my health. Other than observing what you eat, try and keep a consistent sleep schedule and a food diary. This helps me note foods that may trigger infections such as kale and medicines with aspirin content in them.
This article is meant for information purposes only and should not be substituted for a doctor’s advice. Consult your doctor before making any medical decision.
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