Importance of a Healthy Gut

We hear a lot of talk around “gut health” these days. What does that mean? Gut health impacts a lot more than just digestion. Majority of our serotonin is located in the gut as well as our immune system. If we have an unhealthy gut, it can cause a plethora of issues. So how do we keep it healthy?  Here are some of my favorite tools for maintaining a healthy gut micro biome:

*Eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi. Kombucha is a great fermented drink but it does contain some natural sugar.

*Doing a 24 hr fast and breaking it with fermented foods and healthy fats (my combo is 1/2 an avocado, 1/4 cup sauerkraut and pumpkin seeds). There’s research out there on the effects of longer fasts. Some research shows that fasting for 24 hours can help reset the gut (I realize there’s a lot of pro/con research on fasting but it’s worked great for me).

*Taking specific supplements. I use ION gut support, a probiotic, and glutathione (see the links below).

*Not taking antibiotics unless it’s absolutely necessary! These destroy our gut flora.

*Staying hydrated, clean eating, and exercise…obviously.

Everyone one is different but these things have truly helped me turn my gut health around. Here’s a more detailed article around gut health if you’re interested.  Gut Health


Ion Gut Support (I get it on Amazon).

Glutathione (Also get on Amazon)


Side note…vitamin D is an important supplement to take as well. Pure Encapsulations is a great place to get high quality supplements.

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Katie started at CF Kirkwood on day one of its existence in May 2008 for the first official CF workout in Des Peres park. Katie is an NBCHWC certified well being coach with the Anthropedia Foundation. She enjoys coaching clients and helping folks in their wellness journey at Origin Wellness in St. Louis. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids as well as hiking, reading, and being in nature with family and friends.

Sara F

I started CFKW in July 2014. In my free time I enjoy playing pickleball, running, reading, sleeping, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah K

I started CrossFit in April of 2013 and joined CFKW in April 2015. I became a coach in August of 2018. Free time? I have 2 small children. Haha I enjoy being outside (hiking, swimming, etc.), traveling, and spending time with my husband, three year old, and 3 month old.


Christian started at CF Kirkwood in 2014. In his free time, he enjoys being with friends and family, staying active outside and in the gym, and traveling.


I started at CrossFit Kirkwood in 2010. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, both indoor and outdoor, spending time with family and friends, training for a race and traveling to different cities for marathons, and just staying active.


I started at CrossFit Kirkwood in 2012 as a member. The gym impacted my life in so many positive ways that I bought it a few years later. If I’m not at the gym, I enjoy swimming, spending time with my wife and Doodle, watching my step son play lacrosse, traveling, and enjoying a good TV series.


I started at CrossFit Kirkwood in 2010 as a member. About a year later I got my Level 1 Certification and coached a few classes in addition to teaching elementary school. Several years later, I left education to run our gym full time and absolutely love what I do. In my free time, I enjoy reading a good mystery or various topics around wellness, traveling with Jeff and our Doodle, yoga, spending time with my son and watching him play lacrosse, and taking in a good movie or TV series with my family.

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