All health begins in the gut
Microbiome: the microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body). Your gut has a microbiome and your skin has a microbiome.
The next 20 years of health will be about the microbiome and the bacteria that live within us. Health practitioners are all about this topic these days because studies have shown how crucial your microflora is to your genetic expression, immune system, body weight and composition, mental health, memory, and minimizing your risk for numerous diseases, from diabetes to cancer.
We need to make sure we have an abundance of healthy bacteria because they control everything:
- These bacteria detoxify your body
- They protect you from bad bacteria and viruses
- They absorb the nutrients that you are eating and create vitamins
- They are your body’s defense and energy system.
- The healthier your gut, the healthier your body, skin, mood, and life.
Focusing on your digestion and the bacteria in your gut is the area that will take your health to the next level.
Without a healthy microbiome, you can’t have a healthy immune system. Without a healthy immune system, you’re open to infections, inflammation, hormone imbalances and autoimmune disease.
All Health Begins in the Gut
The gut and your digestion is the foundation of your whole body’s health.
- 80% of your immune system is located in the gut. Without a healthy gut, you can’t have a healthy immune system. Without a healthy immune system, you’re open to infections, inflammation, hormone imbalances and autoimmune disease.
- More serotonin(happy brain chemical) is produced in the gut than in the brain. Many causes of depression and anxiety are a result of gut issues.
- Your gut interacts with the outside world more than any other part of your body, taking in nutrients from food and keeping out bacteria, pathogens, and undigested food.
So many of the diseases and issues going on with people today are caused by leaky gut or intestinal permeability. This is when we have small holes in our digestive system that allow food and other unwanted toxins loose into our blood stream.
Signs of leaky gut:
- Food intolerance or allergies
- Depression, anxiety, and mood issues
- Skin problems: acne, eczema, rosacea,
- Hormone imbalances: Infertility, PCOS, PMS
- Autoimmune conditions
- All kinds of digestive issues: Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint and muscle pain
- Brain fog
In this day and age, almost all of us have some degree of leaky gut because of the water(chlorine, fluoride, antibiotics), food(GMOs, pesticides), and environmental toxins(heavy metals, parasites) we are exposed to.
Two Important Keys to Health
- How you digest and absorb your food.
- The bacteria that make up your microbiome and digestive system. (they out number your cells 10:1!) You want to have a diverse balance of good bacteria and make sure the bad bacteria, parasites, and yeasts are kept in check.
With a strong and sealed gut, you are protected against toxins and bacteria that you may be ingesting and not be affected by it unlike someone with a leaky gut.
Causes of Leaky Gut
- Inflammatory foods- sugar, vegetable oils, gluten, GMOS
- Gut inflections: parasites, SIBO, candida
- Medications: Antibiotics, birth control, acid blocking drugs etc.
- Stress: Emotional and physical