Monday, May 22, 2017

Unhealthy gut!

When your gut is unhealthy, it can cause more than just stomach pain, gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Because 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, eczema, rosacea, and other chronic health problems.
The digestive system is a pathway starting at the mouth and ending at the anus. It is responsible for breaking down the foods we eat, extracting the nutrients needed, and then eliminating the waste. The problem is that poor food choices, viruses, parasites, caffeine, alcohol consumption, antibiotics, NSAIDs, and bad bacteria can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract, which leads to increased permeability or "leaky gut."
This leak can cause intolerances that then initiate an inflammatory response in the body and the release of stress hormones. One of these stress hormones is cortisol, which further taxes the body and starts to impair the body's immune system. This can then lead to a host of issues that may not seem related to the impaired gastrointestinal tract, like allergies, skin conditions, impaired performance, and stubborn weight gain to name but a few.
Signs and symptoms of an unhealthy gut :
• Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea
• Food allergies or sensitivities
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Mood swings, irritability
• Skin problems like eczema, rosacea
• Diabetes
• Autoimmune disease
• Frequent Infections
• Poor memory and concentration, ADD or ADHD
Quick tips on fixing gut issues:
-Remove the gut inflammatory foods and irritants like alcohol, caffeine, or drugs.
** Inflammatory foods, such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar, can lead to food sensitivities.
- Add back in the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption that may have been depleted by diet, drugs (such as antacid medications) diseases or aging. This includes digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids that are required for proper digestion.
- 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. The recommend amounts range anywhere from 25 to 100 billion units a day. Also, taking a prebiotic (food for the good bacteria) supplement or consuming foods high in soluble fiber is important.
- Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential. You can supplement with 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.

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