Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Life
Symptoms of an unhealthy gut are widespread. You may be experiencing clear digestive symptoms that your gut is not working well including bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, other digestive pain and discomfort, food sensitivities, or generally just feeling tired or icky after meals.
Or you may be having more mysterious or seemingly random health issues that are making you feel miserable or out of balance. These can include brain fog, memory challenges, lack of clarity or focus, aches, pains, headaches, low energy/ sluggishness, fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, depression, hormone imbalances, acne, rashes, itchy skin, or generally just feeling “blah” or “Meh.”
These challenges can all be related to issues in your gut. Most of them will not show up on typical lab tests and often your results will come back completely normal. But you know, and are absolutely right, that something is off.
In addition to many gut symptoms seeming unrelated to digestion, the diagnosis and treatment for our “gut injuries” are much more challenging to figure out since the wounds are in an unseen place. It often takes time to figure out the root cause of all the secondary symptoms that come from poor gut health.
I am constantly amazed at all the things that tie in with digestive health. Obviously digestion and our ability to eliminate waste tie into gut health. But do you know the gut also plays a major role with many other functions in the body?
For starters, our communication systems within the body including our hormones and neurotransmitters are heavily regulated by our gut. These signals affect a wide variety of bodily functions including mood regulation.
80-90 % of our immune system lives in the gut, so when your gut is out of balance, we tend to see increased inflammation and issues with many different autoimmune and chronic diseases.
The gut connects directly to the brain via the Vagus nerve, which stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system (our ability to rest, relax, and digest) and shut off our often overstimulated sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight).
You may have low energy, fatigue, exhaustion, and be dealing with feelings of overwhelm on many levels.
The gut impacts your ability to detox and deal with the many toxins coming into your body and brain. When your gut is not functioning optimally, you may experience lack of mental clarity, brain fog, memory challenges, and generally not feeling “sharp”.
Without a healthy gut it is impossible to maintain good physical and mental health. If you want vibrant health, it is essential to heal your gut.
Although this is not an overnight task, once you heal your gut you will likely feel relief in many seemingly separate areas of your life. The gut ties many of our challenges together and this process of gut healing has the potential to bring about incredible transformation on all levels.