You’ve probably heard by now that “gut” health is responsible for overall health. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, a practicing family physician, New York Times #1 bestselling author, and internationally recognized leader, speaker, and educator, “your gut wall houses 70 percent of the cells that make up your immune system”. It is often recommended to begin building your health by building up your good “gut” flora. Starting on a good probiotic and digestive enzymes and adding fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, help to start the process.
Dr. Mark Hyman refers to the following as the main reasons our bodies are so out of balance:
A nutrient-poor diet – Enhancing the immune system can start with changes in diet. Adding “live” foods instead of processed foods provides the body with what it is really “craving” and eventually decreases “junk-food” cravings.
Medication overuse – anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, acid-blocking drugs, steroids – Antibiotics destroy the good “gut” bacteria as they kill off the bacteria that are making us sick. Probiotics and eating fermented or cultured foods help to re- build good bacteria.
Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), yeast overgrowth, parasites – Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is the presence of excessive bacteria in the small intestines that causes malabsorption of nutrients. According to Dr. Axe, the most common symptoms of SIBO and IBS include: nausea, diarrhea, joint pain, rashes, acne, asthma, eczema, and depression.
Toxic overload – mercury and mold – Toxic metals harm the cells of the body but invading microbes, such as mold; thrive in a heavy metal environment. (Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, Ph.D.) According to the DAMS (Dental Amalgam Support Group), chronic fatigue, depression, and joint pains are at the top of the list of mercury toxicity illnesses.
Inadequate digestive enzymes – acid-blocking drugs and zinc deficiencies – Proton Pump Inhibitors (used to treat heartburn/acid reflux) have been linked to an increased risk of developing kidney disease, heart disease, digestive disorders, dementia, and death (inhibits healthy cell metabolism).
Stress - Several studies have shown that chronic stress suppresses the body’s ability to initiate a prompt and efficient immune reaction. Meditation or guided visualizations, eating a nutrient dense diet, yoga practice, and acupuncture are a few ways to alleviate stress from your life.
The journey to good health is attainable if we reach within ourselves and learn to recognize what our body is telling us. While we are so busy taking care of everyone and everything around us, we forget to take care of ourselves. If we could schedule a little “me” time into our busy calendar each day, it could have a major impact on our health.
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