Gut health, gut flora, microbiome….these are just a few of the many buzz words floating around health communities and in health magazines pertaining to gut health. But what does it all mean? What is the big tadoo with gut health, you might ask?
WHAT IS YOUR GUT???
Your gut is your gastrointestinal tract. It begins in the mouth and ends…well, you get the idea….out the ‘other’ end. It is comprised of your mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum. (2) (3)
THE ROLE OUR GUT PLAYS IN OUR HEALTH
As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, so simply stated many years ago, “All Disease begins in the gut”. If this is true, then we could also say “A healthy gut prevents disease” and “a healthy gut= a healthy body”.
More and more research is pointing to the fact that the condition of our gut directly affects the overall health of our body. The reason?
OUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IS THE MAIN IMMUNE ORGAN IN OUR BODY.
It is estimated that round 85 percent of our immune system is in our digestive tract, located in the walls of our gut. Therefore, the condition of your gut directly affects the functioning of body’s immune system. (1)
To go a step further, the mastermind that controls the immune tissue in our gut walls and how everything functions is, our gut flora.
Recent scientific research in Scandinavia now shows that about 90 percent of percent of all the cells in our body are composed of our gut flora. (1)
It is believed that we have over 100 trillion microbial cells in and on our bodies. The microbes that live in and on our bodies is called our microbiota. (4) The Our gut flora not only control our digestion and immune system but they directly affect our brain and behavior, our skin, our heart, our thyroid, our lungs… the list goes on.
They also directly affect our mood and play a major role in how we look, think and feel. Essentially, we are ruled by the state of our gut flora.
In a healthy person, their gut flora is dominated by beneficial microbes. It may sound crazy but healthy gut flora includes beneficial fungi, protozoa, beneficial viruses, and even beneficial worms. When your gut is healthy, all these beneficial microbes work together to live in harmony and keep your body balanced.
Amidst the beauty of all the beneficial microbes, it is important to recognize that there are also hundreds of bad bacteria and pathogenic microbes that coexist along-side the beneficial bacterial strains.
For a person to be healthy and have strong immune system, these good bacteria must far outnumber the bad. And when your gut flora is dominated by healthy microbes, the pathogenic bacteria are outnumbered and kept in check, often remaining neutral.
But…..watch out! These neutral microbes are very opportunistic and when given opportunity, will eagerly take over and turn pathogenic.
Be warned, however, that if you battle IBS-D, IBS-C, Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis or a mix of both, altering the bacteria in your gut by changing your diet and implanting beneficial bacteria in the gut is only a drop in the bucket in attacking the internal root problems that are causing your IBS symptoms.
This is the BIGGEST mistake IBS sufferers make in trying to manage their symptoms. They are trying to stop their symptoms by only attacking the ‘tip of the iceberg ‘of the problem through using elimination diets, probiotics, supplements etc.
You need to attack the deeper internal problems – the root causes of what are responsible for wrecking your body from the inside out.
Otherwise, you’ll be imprisoned to your IBS symptoms, not able to function properly physically, psychologically and emotionally. You will be ripped away from your friends, family and your passions by your nagging, often crippling, IBS symptoms.
If you have IBS-D, your life will be one of being chained to the bathroom.
If you have IBS-C, you will deal with constant bloating, severe abdominal pain and a colon that is clogged with toxic fecal matter that you can’t eliminate. So the stagnant fecal matter starts to harden in your large intestine – dramatically increasing your risk of colon cancer.
Either IBS-D or -C , yours is a life of despair and feeling completely out of control over your own body.
Extensive research shows that elimination diets such as the LowFODMAP Diets are only band aid approaches – only patching up things up on a surface level to help you just ‘get through the day’. They don’t attack the deeper problems – the root causes of what’s responsible for wrecking your body.
Cutting out specific foods is only 10% of the battle. This is the BIG mistake most IBS sufferers make that KEEPS them in the vicious cycle of re-occurring IBS.
The truth is that you need a well formulated plan backed by proven and tested scientific research to attack the root causes of your IBS for good. This, in turn, will prevent reoccurrence of symptoms so don’t keep returning to that vicious cycle of: flare-up – try a new bandaid approach flare-up – try a new bandaid approach etc etc.
Otherwise, you’ll stay on the vicious cycle of cutting out trigger foods, trying elimination diets, endlessly researching while NEVER annihilating the ROOT problems causing your IBS.
You will keep picking up books or researching online only to have these sources tell you to ‘do this or you’re going to die’ and another that tells you ‘don’t do that other thing or you’ll die …do this’!
Sadly, most of these books and articles online are backed by outdated research or no scientific research at all. You are then left confused and frustrated by the endless amount of conflicting information.
Then, you go back to those restrictive diets you’ve tried a million times and just muscle it out with will power – diets that don’t even work… that you give up in 3 days.
Then, you’re hopeless. AND YOU STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT’S RIGHT AND WHAT’S WRONG. Be warned: this can be fatal for your future health.
You are at risk for debilitating diseases. You don’t have 10 years for trial and error. You need to change NOW.
To get rid of your IBS and stop the vicious cycle of re-occurring symptoms year in and year out, you need to the root causes of your symptoms.
Yes, you need to bring down the inflammation in your body by to annihilating parasites and rebalancing your gut, but again, that’s only a drop in the bucket to attacking the ROOT of what’s causing your IBS.
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