Bodybuilders also tend to think that they’re healthy because they’re eating “clean.” Eating to maximize one’s health consists of a lot more than simply consuming as much protein as humanly possible without adding additional bodyfat, however. In chasing gains, we tend to forget about micronutrients, fiber, and the fermented foods that contribute to good gut health. That’s a serious problem for anyone who wants to become huge, lean, and strong, as this can lead to serious problems down the line, like metabolic syndrome, “leaky gut” syndrome, in addition to less serious but nevertheless aggravating issues like hyper-sensitivity to certain foods, runny noses, joint pain, frequent illness, bloating, and congestion, all of which can wreck workouts, make you miserable, and derail the gainz train.
Lest you fret, however, there is an easy way to fix all of these issues.
Eat More Fiber
A diet low in fiber is at the root of most digestive issues, and studies have shown that people eat less than half of the fiber they should. Thus, it would behoove you to add things like apples and broccoli to your diet.
Get More Sleep
Obesity is directly linked to sleep deprivation, and obesity often leads to problems with intestinal flora. Keep your gut flora active by letting your body get some rest.
Eat Fermented Foods
Traditional medicine has always relied on fermented foods to maximize good health, and science has proved them to be correct. Including foods like yogurt, kefir, and kimchi into your diet will improve your body’s absorption of key nutrients.
Seek Psychological Help
It might seem like a silly suggestion, but the brain’s strongest neural pathway actually goes from your brain to your gut. Depression, then, can cause significant and debilitating gut problems. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, just the feelings themselves could be hurting your gains.
So pay attention to your gut health, because the alternative is ending up a re-enactment of the chestburster scene in Alien, and no one wants to clean that up.
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