A magic bullet is a quick fix to a difficult or complex problem. When our gut stops working and we feel like crap, it can seem like an extremely complicated problem.
What caused this? What did I do wrong? How come everyone else can eat food and not have all these problems?
Then we go on the internet to look for solutions and are bombarded with information about a million hideous illnesses. We hunt for solutions but only find unclear or conflicting advice. We have no clue what to do.
Then we go to the doctor. Is there a pill, a special antibiotic for this? More likely we’ll be sent home with a vague diagnosis, no real understanding of why this is happening and no quick fix.
By this point we’re desperate for anything that looks like a quick, clean solution: a magic bullet. We jump on the latest diet or we spend a fortune on the latest supplements, only to find that nothing happens. There’s no improvement. We get totally bummed out.
Very easily we can spiral into gut-wrenching despair as we imagine the rest of our days filled with diarrhea, constipation, bad skin, weight gain, depression, autoimmune conditions and whatever else is in our own personal combination of gut-related symptoms.
Here’s the thing: for most of us there is no magic bullet to our gut problems. Instead we need to make lots of changes to our diet and our lifestyle, and we need to make new habits and stick to them.
Every little change we make gives us an edge, and soon we turn it around, we’re getting better, little by little, and our lives are transformed. Take a look at Clean Eating: More Than Just A Fad
Probiotics can be a classic example of this. People say angrily, ‘I’ve been taking a probiotic for ages and I don’t feel any better! What’s going on?’
Probiotics can be very effective and are an important element of the gut-healing equation, no question. However for most of us they are not a magic bullet that will solve our issues overnight.
Depending on the state of our gut right now, probiotics can even make matters worse. When our microbiome is in ‘dysbiosis’ it can be extremely sensitive and almost anything can trigger a worsening of your symptoms.
Dysbiosis means that we’ve lost the normal healthy abundance of different species of bacteria, and the unfriendly ones have taken over.
Take a look at What Is My Microbiome and Why Your Gut Is Broken
So keep an eye on yourself. Are you bouncing from diet to diet, supplement to supplement, plan to plan in search of an easy solution?
Instead make sure you’re sticking with strategies long enough to genuinely see whether they’re working or not. Make a point of looking for lessons and reasons to be positive, however small, even when things don’t go according to your initial high hopes.
Each little bit of knowledge and each lesson learned through experience takes us a step closer to feeling great again.
39 thoughts on “Dude, Where’s My Magic Bullet?”
I’m eating so much yogurt and drinking so much buttermilk – I’m good 😉
I have been changing my diet over the years to eat more veggies, fruits, and probiotics. Yakult is a blessing!
I had an amazing read this morning from this sharing here, learnt more about magic bullets & also reminding me I need to keep myself my body more hydrate . Cheers Siennylovesdrawing
Great tips and insight as usual!
This is such a great reminder to all. I didn’t know much about gut health until I read your blog. Thank you for always sharing how important to take care of our gut health. I also learned how to make homemade yogurt!
great post. I agree there is no magic bullet and there are no two people who are absolutely identical
Your post just reminded me that I am lucky to have my magic bullet, which many don’t have…
I asked myself this question too. Looking at people eat things that I couldn’t. Great post!
Very interesting. I would certainly give my body a kick-start by hydrating more and better. I’m simply drinking far too little.
You are so right, for most of us there is no magic bullet to our gut or any problems! I am always preaching that there is often not 1 way that is perfect for everyone. For example, about 10 years ago, I weighed 245lbs which is gigantic for my height and build. So like you described for those needing help with gut health, I scoured the internet searching for help. I talked with everyone and read every book and magazine only to come up with 237 different ideas and plans. So I just stopped and decided a logical place to start based on my personal needs, experiences, and info that I felt confident in. Now that doesnt mean that I did it better than others. In fact, on my journey to 154lbs, I changed my path like 7 times…cause as you said before for most of us there is no magic bullet or 1 way to solve our problems.
Comment of the week! Thanks so much for sharing your story Eric. You did the gut healing journey your way 🙌
Thanks for this reminder! It is easier to always look for a silver bullet for everything. I needed to be reminded that healing your gut takes time and effort. It took time to break right? Good post!
Absolutely agreeing & your points shared really spotted on, small habits & long term practising really helpful to gain a healthier me. thanks for this inspiring health reminder. cheers, siennylovesdrawing
I think this is true because there isn’t a special solution but small things sometimes makes the differences if added up. – Paolo
I don’t know what I would do without my magic bullet! Great read! Thank you!
I don’t know what I would do without my magic bullet! Great read!
Great post! My new year resolution is to change my diet and lifestyle fr better health and life.
Great post. I have been having a few GI issues when I eat certain foods. Thanks for this post as it has me thinking more about what I eat.
I was guilty of neglecting my health and hopping from one diet to the next but last year, I totally changed my lifestyle and have lost weight from it. This year I’m working on sticking to my new lifestyle and being more mindful of my health. Great post!
So true there is no magical solution, small things add up to make big differences.
I know it’s impossible, but … anyway … can I get my magic bullet, please? LOL
My goal for this year is to make healthier food choices. I just started a one-week no sugar diet.
Healthy nutrition is difficult. Its hard to be proactive to avoid inflammation and ailments relating to the GI system. Thanks for sharing this information.
Diets aren’t the reason why we lose weight, it is the willpower and thoughts do. If we want to lose weight, we have to motivate ourselves.
I don’t think society realizes how important gut health is or how easy it is to fix any issues you’re having! So much of it is just lacking proper nutrition or eating/drinking the wrong food items.
I always eat healthy and I feel that it is the reason why I haven’t been bedridden last year.
It has to be a whole lifestyle change, or else shoving some pills down the throat doesn’t help.
I have heard that your immune system is strongly connected with your gut, so I appreciate this post. I use probiotics, but I think this year I will implement more strategies because I get infections frequently. Thank you for this! 🙂
I don’t even want to know 🤣
I’m totally guilty of bouncing from diet to diet, trying to find the right fit. Thanks for this post!
I hate yogurt LOL I know, I know that’s so terrible! But I am working towards a much healthier lifestyle for my husband and I in 2020!!
Since I started eating keto I’ve been feeling much better, I remember feeling like this a lot before.
This is fascinating! Thank you for sharing!
I hate how sluggish I feel when I haven’t had a container of yogurt for a few days. It can make a HUGE difference on my gut health – esp since I have Celiac disease!
Hey Whitney! It’s amazing how much difference a little yoghurt can make to how we feel! I notice the benefit even more with home made. And if you have Celiac, the friendly bacteria should help your immune system to stop over-reacting so much.
Probiotics make a huuuge difference for me. Highly recommend a one with many different strains!
Yes! It is so hard not to fall into this!
Oh man I love that line.. “Make a point of looking for lessons and reasons to be positive, however small” That’s super important for all things, but especially when it comes to your gut health. This is a great post, thanks for sharing! 🙂
I am guilty of this-great reasoning