Establishing a healthy gut is the foundation for restoring well-being in the body.
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 seemingly 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.
Poor gut health affects your life and health in many ways and has a dramatic impact on your quality of life. If you’re suffering from gut health challenges, you likely know this already. A healthy gut microbiome and good gut functioning are essential to your physical and mental health, affecting many important systems and functions in the body. By minimizing stress on the gut, you can guide your gut to optimum health.
It’s incredible to follow the discoveries that are continuously being revealed regarding all the things that tie in with digestive health. Obviously digestion and your ability to eliminate waste are connected to the health of your gut. But do you know the gut plays a major role with many other functions in the body?
For starters, your communication systems within the body including your hormones and neurotransmitters are heavily regulated by your gut. These signals affect a wide variety of bodily functions including mood regulation.
80-90 % of your 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, a super highway between the brain and the gut. This nerve stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, controlling your ability to rest, relax, digest, and shut off the often overstimulated sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the fight or flight response. When your gut is in poor health, you may have low energy, fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, and overwhelm.
The gut impacts your ability to detox and deal with the continuous supply of toxins and chemicals coming into the body and brain from our food, water, and environment. 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’s impossible to maintain good physical and mental health. So, if you want vibrant health, it is essential to work on gut healing.
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 many levels.