Warning: I’m about to let the inner healthcare professional come all out in this post, so be prepared. I’m very interested and passionate about this topic because it makes so much sense). I am not a physician and I do no prescribe, diagnosis or treat medical conditions. I am just presenting information for educational purposes and I encourage you to follow up with your healthcare provider if this interests you.
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You know how sometimes you just don’t feel your best, but on a regular basis? If you notice your skin seems to be dull and comes with flare ups often or you regularly have digestive issues, allergies, mood swings or it’s been very hard for your body to release unwanted pounds, it may be time to pay more attention to your gut!
So often we overlook our digestive system when it comes to getting healthy. People (especially holistic healthcare providers) have really started to focus more on the gut to help people treat and cure many minor and major health conditions.
Think about it. Did you know that 70-80% of our immune system lies in our digestive system? There’s a saying that goes: ‘You are what you eat’. Even more correctly: ‘We are not what we eat. We are what we digest’.
That’s why some people seem to eat healthy, but still have issues. Here’s why.
Generally speaking, for many people these digestive problems represent a concept known (but not officially known in the medical community as a whole) as Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Imagine your intestines. The insides are coated with protective barriers, but for many of us the barrier is damaged due to our bad diet, environmental chemicals, stress, etc. When we eat and digest our food, the wrong things make it through the barrier and the body recognizes it as foreign and begins to attack it. This triggers an immune response. On the other hand the body does not absorb needed vitamins and nutrients so the immune system becomes weakened. You see how this begins a cycle that ultimately wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Here are some signs that your gut may need some attention.
Secondly those same toxins and triggers create imbalances in the gut flora, which is the special combination of bacteria. Yes there is a thing known as good bacteria. But many time we have too much bad flora and not enough good flora. This makes it hard for the body to stay balanced and feeds the inflammation fire.
Signs and symptoms and diseases related to leaky gut syndrome.
· Gas and bloating
· Food allergies or intolerances
· Mood swings
· Multiple sclerosis
· Rheumatoid arthritis
· Chronic fatigue
· Hormonal imbalances
· Inflammatory bowel disease
I’m sure many of us look at this list and feel some type of way. Most of us have these symptoms on a regular basis but we have just gotten used to it. Here are a few ways to s0!
1. Eliminate trigger foods like caffeine, sugar (processed foods), diary, soy, gluten and eggs which can worsen food sensitivities. Some of these foods can be added back to your diet once the gut has healed.
2. Remove infection from the body under the supervision of your healthcare provider. He or she can help get rid of parasites, worms, bacteria, etc. Many providers will do testing of the digestive system to learn more about what is going on.
3. Next it is required to rev up the digestive system to make it more efficient. This can be done with the use of digestive enzymes and making sure there are no issues with hydrochloric acid production. One thing I found interesting is how this acid plays such a large role in the digestive process.
4. Fix your gut flora. There is obviously a known issue with the overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics and similar drugs wipe out the good and bad bacteria, which means it causes an imbalance in the digestive system and actually weakens the immune system. Probiotics help to rebalance the flora in the digestive track and strengthens the immune system.
5. Put good foods into the body. Alter you get rid of the junk, your focus should be on eating as clean and as healthy as possible. Choose fresh, organic, cage free foods when possible.
6. Your provider may also recommend or prescribe herbs, vitamins, minerals or other nutrients based on your individual needs to promote continued healing of your gut.