Gut Health

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

May 18

How to Heal Your Gut

Most Natural Health Practitioners will tell you that all disease begins in the gut.  Think about that.  It’s a pretty important statement.  With all the diseases (dis-ease) we have in our society today, wouldn’t it be nice if we could trace everything back to a common source?

The way I see it, our health, or lack of health, comes primarily from the food we eat.  We eat food.  The nutrients get absorbed (if our gut is working correctly.)  The nutrients get transported to all parts of our bodies, allowing those body parts and systems to work correctly and do the job of keeping us healthy.

So, dis-ease happens when our body parts and body systems aren’t working correctly.  This happens, I believe, when we eat unhealthy food or when the nutrients we eat are not being correctly absorbed which leads to a host of health issues.  These health issues can present themselves in any number of ways including joint issues (arthritis), blood sugar and pancreas issues (diabetes), heart issues, cholesterol issues, blood pressure issues, cancer, nervous system disorders, brain disorders, intestinal issues, etc.

Rather than treating the disease with drugs (which are inherently toxic to your system), I usually first look at the gut.  If we can heal the gut and get it working correctly, that could clear up a lot of our health issues.  Then, we can go back and look at your symptoms and see which are still present.

How do we heal the gut?  Today, I want to talk about three things:  probiotics, herbs and spices, and essential oils.

Probiotics are live, good bacteria needed to keep your gut healthy.  Probiotics have become quite popular over the past few years, and I am a proponent.  Many people have taken antibiotics for an illness.  In doing so, they are killing both the bad bacteria and the good.  Hence the need for probiotics.  Common probiotics include:  Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium.

Some health issues that probiotics help include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
  • Antibiotic-related diarrhea
  • Skin conditions, like eczema
  • Urinary and vaginal health
  • Preventing allergies and colds
  • Oral health

Probiotics can be taken in liquid or pill form or can also be found in foods such as:

  • Yogurt. dairy product made from fermented milk.
  • Kefir. ferTmented milk drink.
  • Sauerkraut. finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria.
  • Tempeh.
  • Kimchi.
  • Miso.
  • Kombucha.
  • Pickles.

Herbs and Spices

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Just as you are what you eat, your gut health can control more in your body than you can possibly imagine. By becoming mindful of the foods that you put into your body, you can do wonders to heal yourself from the inside out. Promoting a healthy gastrointestinal tract can directly resolve a number of troubling issues in your body, such as: bloating, gas, constipation and inflammation.

From the food that you eat to the life that you live, there are a number of factors that can take a toll on your overall gut health. Simply consuming these 7 essential herbs and spices can have you feeling happy and healthy in no time all while healing your body. Here is the list of spices and herbs that can change your life:

1. Turmeric

This commonly used Indian spice works to aid digestion while soothing your digestive tract as an added bonus. Turmeric has long since been used to settle the stomach for the reason being that its astringency works to maintain the balance of stomach acid. An anti-inflammatory spice like this is great for healing, but it’s important to note that too much of a good thing can also affect the body. Practice its use in moderation so that you can receive all the many benefits of this wonderful spice.

2. Cumin

This is a common spice in many Hispanic dishes that is excellent for eliminating bloating and gas after a meal. Cumin works to stimulate your digestion, and serves as a natural laxative to prevent constipation. Which if not relieved can lead to painful hemorrhoids.

3. Fennel

Originally found in Mediterranean cultures, fennel is used for a number of culinary and medicinal purposes. Fennel can be found as an ingredient in many popular antacids, prized for its ability in calming indigestion, along with relief of constipation and flatulence.

4. Ginger

Regarded by many for its abilities to relieve gastrointestinal distress, this healing spice is also trusted by many to cure nausea—especially in pregnant woman. For centuries people have relied on ginger to quiet their queasiness, but this amazing spice also works as an antispasmodic agent to calm your intestinal system and prevent diarrhea.

5. Coriander

Although many may confuse this seed with the leafy plant (cilantro) that grows from it, coriander contains powerful gut health benefits. In a recent study, after 8 weeks of use among subjects suffering from irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), coriander helped to ease the pain and discomfort of IBS sufferers three times as much compared to placebo users.

6. Cayenne

Contrary to the popular misconception that intensely spiced flavor can lead to indigestion, a spice like cayenne actually works to ease digestion. This digestive stimulant encourages healthy food flow, while activating the proper production of digestive acids, and can even help to repair a damaged gut.

7. Peppermint

This potent plant is known by many for its breath-freshening purposes, but it can also be used like an internal workout for your body. Peppermint works to tone and strengthen your liver, stomach and intestinal tract all while relieving the symptoms associated with indigestion.

Essential Oils

According to Dr. Eric L. Zielinski, the following essential oils can help heal the gut:

  • Anise
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Cumin
  • Clove
  • Tea Tree
  • Oregano
  • Bitter Orange

The types of gut issues that essential oils can help include:

  • SIBO & Dysbiosis – an overgrowth of bad bacteria
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • GERD – acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Yeast Infections
  • Candida
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomachaches
  • Diarrhea

Essential oils can be taken internally in capsule form or topically.  They can also be put in a diffuser and used as an inhaler in aromatherapy.
Essential oils are quite potent, so you need to take care in using them.  They should not be used in the eyes, ears, or in open wounds.  If used topically, essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil.  If taken internally, they should be mixed with an oil (ie. coconut oil) or something like honey, etc.

Many essential oils have the following healing properties:

  • antimicrobial
  • antibiotic
  • carminitive
  • aromatic
  • disinfectant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • muscle relaxant
  • antifungal
  • gastroprotective
  • chemopreventive
  • antispasmodic

As you can see, there are many natural ways for you to help with gut issues.  By healing your gut, you may also allow your body to heal other dis-eases in your body.

Natural products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  That being said, I don’t focus on treating any dis-ease.  I look at how natural products can help promote the health of certain body parts or body systems that can lead to health issues.

I suggest adding probiotic foods to your diet.  I suggest using more herbs and spices in your cooking.  Try that first.  Buy a diffuser and some essential oils, and try some aromatherapy.  A diffuser is a much better choice than using a chemical air freshener.

If you’d like to talk to me about getting healthy, please call, text, or email me.  We can put together a holistic wellness program that combines massage, exercise, detox, nutritional supplementation, aromatherapy, etc.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
Ultimate Health

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