Diabetes and Gut Health: 10 Strategies for Restoring Your Gut Health

Did you know that people diagnosed with diabetes often experience issues in their gut?  This is because “Uncontrolled blood sugar damages your nerves, and that includes the nerves in your stomach and intestines. In fact, people who have diabetes often have GI problems.”  Your digestive system is a critical component of your overall health. Its health affects your immune system and more. Research has found that your gut controls so many functions that it is often referred to as a second brain!  This is a bonus tip you can try immediately, drink more water.  Water nourishes our cells and helps us to detoxify and promote weight loss and boost our moods.

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Digestive System Symptoms of Poor Health

Do you suffer from the following symptoms on a daily or weekly basis?





It is normal to experience an occasional issue after a big meal or poorly cooked food. However, if you experience these symptoms daily, then it is time to talk to a doctor.

If you have been feeling “off” lately, the good news is that you can take action to heal your gut and strengthen your health.

The following are ten strategies that could help you maintain a healthy gut; remember, these strategies should not take the place of sound medical advice.  So, check with your doctor if symptoms persist.

  1. Check your medications. Certain medications, such as antibiotics, can affect your digestive system. If you are experiencing a side effect from one of your medications related to your digestive system, discuss it with your doctor. You may be able to adjust the medicines that cause digestive issues.

  2. Check for food allergies. Not all food allergies are easy to detect. You may have a food allergy or sensitivity that is hurting your digestive system. Your body is unique, and you may not have all the typical symptoms. If you suspect a food allergy is present, discuss it with your doctor.

  3. Remove sugar and refined carbohydrates. Bacteria in your digestive system can feed on the sugar and refined carbohydrates and create issues.

    If you want to heal your gut, it is essential to change your diet. Cutting out sugar and refined carbohydrates is the first step to strengthening your health. You will reduce yeast growth in the gut and other unpleasant issues.

  4. Add fiber. Your digestive system needs fiber to function correctly. Using natural sources of fiber usually works the best. Nuts, vegetables, beans, and whole grains have the fiber you need.

  5. Try digestive enzymes. Your gut may be lacking the necessary enzymes to digest your food effectively. Your doctor can recommend supplements that help restore your enzymes.

  6. Try probiotics. Probiotics can help you heal your gut and may help you feel better. You can find probiotics in a variety of fermented foods such as kimchi and kombucha. You can also find them in yogurts and other items. Ask your doctor about probiotic supplements.

  7. Avoid fast food and processed food. These foods have high levels of salt and fat and can make your gut feel worse.

  8. Chew carefully. Not chewing your food properly can hurt your gut as well. Chewing gives saliva a chance to mix digestive enzymes with the food before you even swallow it. This helps your gut break down the food easier. Experts recommend chewing each bite of food at least 20 times.

  9. Warm-up your food. Eating cold food puts more stress on your digestive system.

  10. Sit down to eat. Relax and enjoy your food, rather than hurrying through your meal.

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If you are experiencing digestive issues, discuss them with your doctor. Your digestive system may be able to heal on its own. Following these tips will help you return your gut back to a healthier state and then maintain it. Diabetes affects every part of your life. These strategies will help you prevent, delay, or successfully manage your health and take control of your health is your number one priority if you want to live an entirely and happy life.

With Love and Peace,


Published by Renee Reid

Welcome to the Diabetic Toolbox, where we are helping midlife folks win the battle against prediabetes. If you are prediabetic or have a family history of type 2 Diabetes you will find tools and tips to help you to lose weight naturally, heal your mindset, and strengthen your body through yoga and walking. So, if you are ready to heal connect and grow, you are in the right place. Join the Movement! Hosted by award-winning podcaster, certified health coach, and yoga teacher Renee Reid.

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