Gut Health

 

Gut health is CRITICAL to overall health...

70% of our immune system is in our gut, also known as the gastrointestinal tract. Our intestinal wall is coated with hundreds of different species of microorganisms, billions of both healthy and unhealthy bacteria. The rich coating of microorganisms are like the outside walls of a castle, the coating of microogranisms create a physical barrier and offer a filter-like protection. Unhealthy bacteria, toxins, chemicals, and wastes can be filtered out and eliminated by microogranisms. At the same time these organisms allow nutrients and water to be absorbed into circulation so that they are available to the cells that need them. 

 

Poor lifestyle habits negatively impact gut health...

Poor lifestyle habits such as consumption of a diet high in fat and refined simple sugars as well as a deficiency in in whole, unprocessed foods and fiber tip the intestinal balance towards the overgrowth of an unhealthy bacteria and also proliferates yeast (candida) and fungus. Poor gut health  is also associated with less frequent bowel movements and many forms of chronic intestinal dsyfunction, autoimmune disorders, as well as brain inflammation.  Other habits which contribute to dsyfunction include excess alcohol and the use of antacaids as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen.  These drugs breakdown the integrity of the inestinal wall.