HI, I'M OLIVIA ASHTON
WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW FOR SO LONG IS THAT RESTRICTIVE DIETING MAKES GUT SENSITIVITIES WORSE.
When I was less than a year old, I underwent a surgery and blood transfusion, that resulted in several days on an IV drip antibiotic - it makes total sense why my gut health should be something I’d need to pay special attention to! But for so long it was the last thing on my mind.
I’d always struggled with symptoms of an unhealthy gut - constipation, bloating, low energy, difficulty sleeping, and I even developed eczema. When I was in my early 20’s, constant and insatiable sugar cravings led to gaining 20lbs.
Doctors told me I needed to lose the weight, and I desperately wanted to. Even though I was in school studying to become a dietitian, I was a woman influenced by diet culture. I didn’t trust myself to be able to eat all foods in moderation, so I took a low-calorie, low-carb approach.
So while I doing all of the right things for weight loss, I felt MISERABLE because my gut sensitivities were getting worse. On top of that, I was *still* not losing any weight.
IT WASN'T UNTIL I PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER MYSELF, AND STARTED TO MAKE LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY CHANGES THAT SUPPORTED MY GUT HEALTH, THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY SYMPTOMS IMPROVED.
Many symptoms related to an unbalanced gut, or increased gut permeability (leaky gut), are often undiagnosed because they overlap with other health conditions.
The solution to feeling better in your body, pain-free joints, improved metabolism, easier weight management, mental clarity, better sleep, and fewer emotional ups and downs… could be as simple as taking better care of your gut.