Digestive issues can be very inconvenient and painful, sometimes they get so bad you are not even sure you can leave the house. Much less go out and enjoy an evening with friends at a restaurant. I get it! You eat and then spend the rest of the night with a stomach ache (you feel like you ate a rock) and you have gas and bloating. OR maybe you have to run to the bathroom right after you eat. Digestive problems are rough and it can be difficult to nail down the root cause. Neuro-Immune Disorders such as ADHD, Autism, and Anxiety are becoming an increasingly common problem in children, and research suggests that a lot of its symptoms are triggered because of gut issues that many might not be familiar with.
Like you and so many others, we chased symptoms for countless years, never getting to the root of our problems. We often experienced horrendous allergies, killer headaches, poor sleep, metabolism issues, toxicity, and skin rashes, as well as other unpleasantries.
Thankfully, at some point along the line, I realized that poor gut health was the cause of most of our other health issues. Once I discovered how to heal the gut, our immune systems and overall health improved hundred-fold and our lives transformed.
DID YOU KNOW THAT MOST ILLNESSES, INCLUDING ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, LEAKY GUT, ALLERGIES, AND WEIGHT GAIN CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO POOR GUT HEALTH?
Most people don’t realize this; however, seventy percent of your immune system is located in your gut. Therefore, if your gut is unhealthy, your entire body will be out of whack. If your gut is healthy, your immune system will be unstoppable.
The good news is that your body can easily regenerate itself when supported by the right foods and the right mindset. Yes, it really is that simple!
Like I mentioned before seventy percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system. Therefore, poor gut health affects not only your gut but every organ in your body. It can affect the pancreas and result in blood sugar imbalances. It can affect the functioning of the liver, which is responsible for detoxifying your body, and lead to malabsorption, poor nutrient assimilation, and reduced bile flow (key for breaking down fats and proteins). It can also cause intestinal dysbiosis, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and many other issues like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), colitis, Chron’s, leaky gut, etc.
The health of your gut depends on a healthy 80/20 ratio of good bacteria versus bad bacteria.
However, taking birth control pills regularly, taking an antibiotic even once, stress, pollution, and a diet high in sugar and processed foods will wreak havoc on your body’s healthy gut flora.
Without good bacteria in your gut, you could experience:
- Extra weight/trouble losing weight
- Trouble gaining weight
- Joint aches and pain
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Loose stool/diarrhea
- Trouble breathing/asthma
- Painful menstrual cycles
- Chronic/frequent yeast/urinary tract infections
- Low libido
- Foggy mind and head
- Memory loss
- Lack of focus
- Poor concentration
- The 3 PM crash
- Phobic tendencies
- Mood swings
I know you are asking… What are some good ways to keep my digestive system running smoothly?
To keep your digestive system humming along, there are three main strategies that you can follow:
- Adding probiotics to your diet to build healthy gut flora
- Eat alkalinizing foods to balance your blood pH
Removing toxins from the digestive tract, especially the colon, can facilitate digestion, absorption, nutrient assimilation, and elimination. Detox can double up as elimination diet (work with a health and wellness practitioner) I am currently offering $30 off your initial consultation and during which you eliminate certain foods from your diet and add them back in after a week or two, one by one, to see if you are allergic to certain foods – some of these sensitivities can irritate and damage intestinal linings, causing leaky gut syndromes or other digestive ailments.
Here are a few examples of cleansing and detox protocols:
- Fruits and Vegetable Cleansing
- Metabolic Cleansings
- Vitamin C Flush
These protocols should be conducted with the supervision of a wellness professional to ensure safety and efficacy.
At home, you can try carrot and apple juice (aids colon detox) or starting your day with a cup of warm water with juice of half a lemon first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (supports liver).
Healthy Gut Flora
Add foods that are rich in probiotics into your diet, namely cultured and fermented foods, examples include:
- Yogurt and kefir
Alkalinizing blood pH
Create an alkaline internal environment – it is particularly great for facilitating elimination:
- “Green juice” made from algae, spirulina, leafy greens etc. (You can get them in powder form in canisters or packets)
- Lemon juice in warm water, most effective when taken in the morning on an empty stomach
- Fruits and vegetables – besides the alkalinizing properties, the fiber can aid elimination while the enzyme from raw fruits and vegetables can aid digestion and absorption.
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