Welcome to our Thyme for You blog where we understand the importance of taking the time
(or thyme) to focus on our health and wellness. This month is National Wellness Month so
we’re focusing on 4 key areas: hydration, gut health, quality sleep, and reducing toxic stress.
Earlier, we talked about hydration and today we’re looking at maintaining optimal gut health
for overall wellness. A healthy gut is the foundation of a thriving body, and it plays a vital role
in supporting various bodily functions.
One crucial aspect of gut health is the microbiome, which refers to the trillions of bacteria,
fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms that reside in our digestive system. These microbes
actively participate in digestion, nutrient absorption, and immune regulation, making them
essential for our overall well-being.
To nurture and support your microbiome, incorporating probiotics and prebiotics into your
daily routine is crucial. Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria that help restore and maintain a
healthy balance of gut flora. They can be found in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut,
pickled veggies, etc. If your diet needs a little help, a good probiotic may be in order.
On the other hand, prebiotics serve as nourishment for these beneficial bacteria. Including
fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet ensures that your gut
flora receives the nutrients it needs to thrive. Although most prebiotics are dietary fibers, not
all dietary fibers are prebiotics. Here are just a few: garlic, asparagus, cabbage, lentils, barley,
Another aspect to consider is the impact of pesticides and herbicides on human digestion.
Research suggests that exposure to these harmful chemicals may negatively affect gut health by
disrupting the delicate balance of the microbiome. Because so many foods today contain
pesticides and herbicides, it is wise to buy organic whenever possible and be sure to wash fruits
and veggies before eating.
Beyond digestion, studies have shown that there is a strong connection between gut health and
the brain. The gut-brain axis is a complex communication network between these two vital
organs, where the state of the gut directly influences mental health and cognitive function. By
prioritizing your gut health, you can promote mental clarity, emotional well-being, and overall
In addition to supporting mental health, a healthy gut also boosts the immune system. A
significant portion of immune cells resides in the gut, making it crucial to maintain a thriving
microbiome. A well-balanced gut can help ward off illnesses, enhance immune responses, and
promote overall resilience and vitality.
To achieve better gut health, consider incorporating the following habits into your lifestyle:
1. Maintain a nutritious diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and
whole grains. Eat organic whenever possible.
2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of good, clean water throughout the day.
3. Regularly exercise to stimulate digestion and promote optimal gut function.
4. Manage stress levels through practices such as meditation, yoga, or engaging in activities you
5. Consider incorporating Young Living's high-quality essential oils and supplements formulated
to support gut health and general well-being. I’ve created a shopping list for you that includes
several products that I highly recommend and personally use regularly. When you use my
referral link to shop, I’ll add you to our private educational group where you’ll learn more
health and wellness tips.
Prioritizing your gut health is a holistic approach to overall wellness. When your gut thrives,
your entire body thrives. I believe we are created to live healthy, happy, productive lives and
I’m here to help you do that!
The information provided is intended for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Our intention is not to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or cure any medical condition; please consult your healthcare provider as appropriate.