The type of gut bacteria you have could be influencing your health and you don’t realize it. We should have a ratio of about 85% good bacteria to about 15% bad bacteria living in our digestive tract but for most people that relationship is inversed. Yes! That means 85% bad bacteria!
The issue is that these bacteria effect a lot more than just our digestive system. They can have far reaching effects. Depression and anxiety are linked to this imbalance, as are auto immune issues, behavioral problems in children and many of the chronic disease we are seeing today.
The “gut” is basically the digestive system. However, it does so much more than just digest the food we eat. The gut helps to regulate metabolism and weight, and is responsible for most of our immune system response. It is estimated that 70% of our immune system is controlled in the gut. It communicates with the brain and regulates our sleep and our moods.
The problem is that we have been putting almost anything in our mouth and expecting our digestive system to deal with it. It is a part of our body most people take very little care of. Most of us don’t realize the harm they are doing without even realizing it. You may be thinking, “Well, I’m not sick, my gut is fine”. Unfortunately, the problems in the gut usually go unnoticed until there is a bigger problem.
Many of the physical and mental disorders that plague America today start in the digestive system. Gastrointestinal illnesses are on the rise, many that we had never heard of before. Acid reflux, IBS, colitis, diverticulosis, Crohn’s to name a few. Even seemingly unrelated issues such as autism, heart disease, arthritis can be traced back to the gut.
The problem occurs when the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria. The bad bacteria damage the small intestine. The small intestine’s job is to absorb nutrients from the food we eat but when it is damaged it cannot do this well. Eventually, the damage can cause microscopic perforations in the lining of the small intensities causing Leaky Gut Syndrome. As the food particles are permitted to leak into the blood, it can cause all kinds of issues. Food allergies and sensitivities, as well as skin conditions, such as eczema. These substances can even cross the blood-brain barrier and cause anxiety, depression, mood swings and behavioral problems in children.
Researchers have discovered across the board that children with autism all have these types of issues in their digestive systems.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) that we have been eating for the past generation has allowed the bad bacteria to proliferate. This coupled with a diet high in processed foods and low in nutrition has created dysfunction within the gut.
The good news is that the body will heal itself, given half a chance. Once you realize how important your digestive system is to your overall well-being, you may feel motivated to give the good bacteria a fighting chance. After all, they are on our side!
First you need to stop feeding the bad bacteria. By removing food that converts quickly to sugar feed the bad bacteria, by doing this we can rework the balance of bacteria in the digestive system. Then we give the good bacteria what it needs in the form of prebiotics and probiotics, with fermented food and supplements.
I have had clients that have seen their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms disappear, had anxiety alleviate, behavior and mood issues improve, not to mention solving digestive issues like IBS and colitis.
Dysfunction in the gut is an issue for almost all of us, as very few people today have a properly functioning digestive system. There are many ways to optimize this important system of the body. I will be teaching classes on digestive health and its many benefits in both Southgate and Monroe. If you are unable to attend these classes but are interested in more information, please contact me.
Learn the age old secrets to keeping yourself healthy. Clean up your gut, and your health and feel better!
All Disease Starts in the Gut
Southgate –Asher School
Mondays – 3 weeks (2 hour class)
April 8 – April 22
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Monroe County Community College
Thursdays – 6 Week Class
May 2 – June 6
To Register, Call: 734-384-4127