We are only as healthy as the food we are able to digest. No matter what we put into our bodies, we won't be able to receive the essential nutrients if the gut isn't able to digest the food.
When you are stressed, the nervous system not only recognizes this as a threat, but the high levels of cortisol also affect the gut and can affect how the colon moves, what it is able to absorb, and the microbiome itself (cortisol slows down the system because the body prioritizes stress).
There are a few different ways to reduce your exposure to inflammation-causing agents and toxins:
1. Eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet (most common types are wheat, dairy, corn, sugar, and soy)
2. Reduce exposure to inflammatory substances (alcohol, antibiotics, birth control pills, synthetic drugs - unless necessary)
3. Introduce L-glutamine into diet (amino acid and guts favorite food - short term use only)
4. Consume turmeric (greater benefits if mixed with coconut oil and black pepper)
5. Include zinc carnosine supplements (talk to doctor first before use) (Zinc is essential to repair damaged cells that line the intestines)