The gut rules!
Appreciating the value of gut health wouldn’t be complete without diving into the uber-important topic of Healing Your Gut to Change Your Life.
Your gut is grand central station when it comes to your health and well-being. 85% of your immune system and 50 – 75% of the biochemicals that regulate your mood are in your gut.
The sad truth is most people have a lot of damage in their gut, this is called leaky gut syndrome or dysbiosis, and they are experiencing inflammatory conditions that can be reversed by making different lifestyle choices.
If you have these symptoms chances are you have dysbiosis:
- Digestive distress such as gas, bloating
- constipation or diarrhea
- Foggy brain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Macular Degeneration
- Food sensitives
- Joint and muscle pain
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Auto-immune disease
- Water retention
It’s a long list, the symptoms are too numerous to include in this article, it’s overwhelming really.
Dysbiosis is a serious condition and is the result of lifestyle factors such as stress, improper diet, and poor sleep.
Damage to your gut occurs over time and results in undigested food particles passing through minute cracks in the digestive tract, sending your immune system into overdrive, leading to inflammation and its related conditions. By rebalancing the microbiome, by feeding it probiotics and enzymes and looking at stress, diet and lifestyle choices this can be healed and the symptoms reversed.
To calm leaky gut down, the first place to look is your diet.
In North America, our diet is referred to as SAD. The Standard American Diet is full of process foods, toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, preservative, additives, and colouring.
Cheez Whiz, good the old comfort food, Kraft Dinner, as examples. If it looks good, tastes good it is considered food. But really its nothing more than a mixture of chemicals sold as food.
In 1958, there were only a handful of food additives, and 419 pounds of chemicals were added to the food chain annually.
In 2014, there were 7,000,000 additives, and 3,000,000,000 pounds of chemicals were added to our food chain.
These chemicals are deposited in the digestive tract, colon, liver, kidneys, and the lymphatic system.
North Americans are typically rushed, stressed, overworked and the diet trends match this unbalanced lifestyle – fast food, processed, instant foods, frozen dinners, packaged foods…
Transfats, sugars, sugar substitutes, and refined flour and preservatives are in most packaged and fast food–these have been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. And they damage your gut causing dysbiosis and lead to inflammation and uncomfortable symptoms.
These dead foods lack important nutrients such as B vitamins which are found in whole grains. B vitamins support our nervous system. And, vitamin C, scurvy is re-surfacing in our country because we are not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables!
The good news is that this can be reversed. Your gut can be healed and your inflammation reduced easily.
To Learn More about why Inflammation is such a hot topic, click here.
Making better lifestyle choices and becoming proactive with your health is the secret.
There are many beneficial supplements available to help the healing process, to create a healthy immune system, and to heal and maintain healthy gut function. With dysbiosis, you are not able to absorb the nutrients from food.
Probiotics, digestive enzymes and a multi-vitamin/mineral loaded with anti-oxidants are necessary to build up the good bacteria, aid digestion and support your immune system.
Supplements, just like food, come in a variety of qualities. Make sure you choose the very best!
Become a health advocate for you and your family, make food choices which include whole, natural foods, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins. And make lifestyle choices that support balance, purpose, happiness and time for connection and relaxation.
It is possible for you to reduce inflammation and heal your body and mind simply and easily.