The latest research has shown just how important your gut health is for your overall health. In fact, your Gut has been called a second brain. People often ask, “what is the Gut?” Usually, the Gut is considered everything from your stomach through the small intestine, ascending colon, transverse colon, and descending colon. The stomach is acidic, while the intestines are alkaline.
Natural Health Practitioners have a saying that “all disease begins in the gut.” It makes sense. Everything you eat goes through your gut. Along the journey, the food is broken down, and the nutrients are absorbed into your body. If the nutrients are unable to be absorbed, or if toxins accumulate in your system, you will not be healthy. If left long enough, it will lead to dis-ease in your body.
Typically, issues with the gut lead to such things as:
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Leaky Gut Syndrome
But, an unhealthy gut can be related to:
Mental Health Disorders
Gut health can even be related to brain issues:
*(From Johns Hopkins)
So, what are some things that are bad for your gut?
As a general rule of thumb, stay away from fast food, processed food, bread, pastries, cookies, crackers, soda, candy, ice cream, etc. Stay away from acidic foods. Try to eat more alkaline foods.
Some better choices:
Unrefined and cold-pressed oil
Nuts and seeds
My favorites for a healthy gut:
Some herbs for a healthy gut include:
Lastly, fermented foods are also healthy for your gut, because they contain probiotics:
If your gut is not healthy, you may see symptoms like:
Chronic Sinus Drainage
If you want to alleviate these symptoms, work on making your gut healthy. You can jump right in and do a detox or a fast, or you can take baby steps and start making small changes to your diet and exercise habits.
If you want to learn more about natural health, here are some doctors to look up. See what their views are.
(I got a lot of information from this blog from Dr. Axe)
If you want to be healthy, eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, and try to de-stress. If you need help, contact me.