Gut Health

All disease starts in the gut! Hippocrates

Protect yourself from disease! Gut health is important for everyone! If your gut is not functioning properly you are not absorbing the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs. Leaky gut syndrome is the cause of a compromised gut and then disease sets in. Guard yourself against disease by learning about optimal gut function.

Western Doctors tell their patients that eliminating foods when you have Crohns and Colitis will not help at all.  This is mind boggling to me! I don`t understand how anyone can not see that our food is processed through our gut. (mouth, stomach, small intestine, colon (large intestine) and bowel) So, common sense is that since Crohns and Colitis is inflammation of the gut than wouldn`t ingesting certain foods slow down or stop the healing of a flare.

Protect yourself now before disease sets in

The way to figure out what is harmful or benefiacial for your body is to do an elimination and reintroduction. The Whole30 is an excellent program to assist you through the whole process.  The thing with foods to avoid or foods to eliminate then reintroduce is that everyone should do this not just individuals with autoimmune diseases. Everyone should have the goal to have a healthy gut.

10 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut:

1. Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea

2. Food allergies or sensitivities

3. Anxiety

4. Depression

5. Mood swings, irritability

6. Skin problems like eczema, rosacea

7. Diabetes

8. Autoimmune disease

9. Frequent Infections

10. Poor memory and concentration, ADD or ADHD

1. Remove

Remove the bad. The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the gut, such as inflammatory foods, infections, and irritants like alcohol, caffeine, or drugs.

Inflammatory foods, such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar, can lead to food sensitivities. I recommend an elimination diet as the starting point to identify which foods are problematic for you, in which you remove the foods for two weeks or more and then add them back in, one at a time, taking note of your body’s response.

Infections can be from parasites, yeast, or bacteria. A comprehensive stool analysis is key to determining the levels of good bacteria as well as any infections that may be present. Removing the infections may require treatment with herbs, anti-parasite medication, antifungal medication, antifungal supplements, or even antibiotics.

2. Replace

Replace the good. Add back in the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption that may have been depleted by diet, drugs (such as antacid, antibiotics, etc) diseases or aging. This includes digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids that are required for proper digestion.

3. Reinoculate

Restoring beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria is critical. This may be accomplished by taking a probiotic supplement that contains beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. Also, taking a prebiotic (food for the good bacteria) supplement or consuming foods high in soluble fiber is important.

4. Repair

Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential. L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining. Other key nutrients include zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, and E, as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe vera.

Functional Medicine

In functional medicine, it is known that every system in the body is connected. Your digestive and hormonal systems, for example, aren’t independent of one another. At the center of it all is a properly functioning digestive system.

When your gut is unhealthy, it can cause more than just stomach pain, gas, bloating, or diarrhea. 60-80% of our immune system is located in our gut, gut imbalances have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and other chronic health problems.

Whether you have a disease or not make sure your gut is healthy and stays healthy!

Andrea

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