Why is it so important
to have a healthy gut?
The Gut is called the Body’s Second Brain.
- The Gut and the
Brain are in constant communication. This system of critical digestive organs
also acts as a type of switchboard or communication center to and from the
brain, and functions as one of the body’s frontlines in the fight against
disease, illness and infection.
- About 100 trillion
bacteria, both good and bad, live inside your digestive system. Collectively,
they're known as the gut microbiota. Within those trillions of gut bacteria
there are about 1,000 different species, represented by some 5,000 distinct
- Creating a healthy digestion system (Gut), this gives your body the
ability for vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion,
vitamin production, immune response, and ability to eliminate toxins, not to mention
your overall mental health.
- Symptoms related to poor gut health can be as obvious as abdominal pain,
bloating after meals, reflux, or flatulence, but also less obvious like
headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and immune system weakness.
- By restoring the full health of your gastrointestinal system, which can
have major positive effects on your entire body, from mood, to memory, and
more. Healing your gut allows the body to build a stronger immune system and
produce the right kind of bacteria that tells your brain that it’s okay
to feel good again.
- The average American, filled with processed, sugary and fatty foods, the
gut becomes damaged over time and therefore less functional. Diets that are
filled with simple carbohydrates and gluten are damaging to the brain, as they
allow bad bacteria in the gut to grow exponentially. This type of gut-damaging
diet has been linked to mental health issues ranging from headaches and ADHD to
depression and dementia and hundreds of other serious ailments. See below.
- Exciting innovative
studies are coming out every day exploring the connection between gut bacteria
and practically every other aspect of human health.
Signs you have an unhealthy Gut:
From Harvard Health Studies & The California Institute
Digestive Issues: Gas, Bloating,
Diarrhea, Constipation, IBS, Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis
Cancer – Bowel,
Liver, Pancreas, Stomach, Colorectal: One noteworthy study showed that having inflammation and
damage of the gut severely decreased the range of of bacterial species in the
microbiome. The lessened microbiome variety allowed pathogenic bacterial
overgrowth of E. coli, and eighty percent of the mice with E. coli subsequently
developed colorectal cancer.
Heart Disease –
Cardiovascular Disease - Recently, scientists found a possible correlation between
the microbiome and cardiovascular disease. Some bacteria produce higher levels
of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), which is linked to a higher risk of stroke
and heart attack.
always catching every bug, If you find yourself getting sick more often than is
normal, you should probably check in on how your gut is doing.
Diseases – Currently there are appx 100 official Autoimmune Conditions. A damaged
microbiome and leaky gut syndrome often lead to autoimmunity because a full 80%
of your immune system resides in your gut. If that large percentage is damaged,
it will inevitably compromise your entire immune system. Hashimoto’s &
Acid Reflux – Gas, Burping, Bloating - Both acid reflux and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
have been correlated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or with
having a microbiome dysfunction.
Weight Gain - When a person’s microbiome has an
imbalance of bacteria, they become far more prone to weight loss resistance and
obesity. Granted, things like overeating or eating fast food and sugar on a
regular basis certainly aren’t good for the balance of our gut bacteria. But if
you think your weight doesn’t reflect the overall effort you put into
maintaining it, you should ask your doctor to check in on your gut health.
Disorders - Medical
literature refers to the gut as your “second brain.” This is because the two
are connected through communication lines known as the gut-brain axis. If your
microbiome is unhealthy, it could result in conditions such as brain fog, OCD,
Autism, Anxiety and Depression.
Skin Problems –
Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis - All of the above skin conditions have a microbiome and
inflammatory-autoimmune component to them.
Infections and Asthma - Having an overgrowth of Corynebacterium tuberculostearicum
and dysbiosis of microbiome bacteria was shown to frequently be the reason
behind a patient’s chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) or asthma.
Type II Diabetes: Type II diabetes is of course linked
to obesity and poor diet, but this chronic degenerative disease is more
complicated than that. It was also recently linked to microbiome disturbances,
and one study found that transplanting the microbiome of diabetic mice into
healthy mice made the healthy mice diabetic!
at the California Institute of Technology, known as Caltech, have concluded
that changes in bacteria, or the bacteria themselves, contribute to motor skill
decline. In fact, they may even cause it!
The conclusion is clear:
If you can change your gut, you
can change your life.
Balancing your gut in a few easy steps:
First – Take Researched Gut Health Supplements
#3 Super Digestive Enzymes
#5 Vitamin D3
2nd - What Foods to Avoid
#1 Avoid these as much as possible:
Grains – Barley, Brown Rice,
Buckwheat, Bulgur, Millet, Non Gluten Free Oatmeal, Popcorn, Whole Wheat Bread,
Crackers or Pasta
Dairy – Butter, Cheese, Sour
Cream, Milk, Custard, Ice Cream, Pudding, Yogurt
Gluten – Pasta, Rice, Breads, Corn
Soy, Potato, Tapioca, Beans, Crackers, Baked Goods, Cereal, Granola, Beer,
Croutons, Sauces & Gravies made with Wheat Flour or a Roux, Flour Tortillas
Soy – Edamame, Soy Nuts, Soybeans
Corn of any variety or combination
Sugar – Cut way back on Sugar –
Fructose & High Fructose,
Lectins – Kidney Beans, Soybeans,
Wheat, Peanuts, Tomato’s, Potatoes
Refined Vegetable Oils –
Sunflower, Safflower, Canola, Soybean
Nightshades – Tomatoes, White
Potatoes, Eggplant, Okra, Peppers, Tomatillos, Sorrel, Gooseberries, Pepino
Melons, Tobacco, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Capsicum.
Advil / Ibuprofen
Antibiotics as much as possible
#3 – What Foods to
Top Foods for Gut Health
Prebiotic and Probiotic:
· Wild Caught Fish
· Free Range Poultry
· Grass Fed Meats –
· Apples - Bananas -
· Gluten Free Oatmeal
· Almonds & Ground
· Coconut Oil
· Nuts and Seeds
· Garlic - Endive
· Onions & Mushrooms
· Jicama – Kiwi -
· Dairy or
· High Fiber Low
Glycemic Foods like leafy greens and cruciferous veggies – Broccoli, Kale,
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Dandelion Greens
· Sweet potatoes and
· Burdock Root &
proteins – Pea, Rice, Hemp & Chia
· Fermented vegetables
(kimchi, sauerkraut, carrots, green beans, beets, lacto-fermented pickles,
traditional cured Greek olives)
· Apple Cider vinegar
· Sourdough Bread
· Miso Paste
** All of these prescriptions above have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking
any and all supplements.