“All disease begins in the gut”. – Hippocrates
This quote from Hippocrates is proving to be true as the days pass by. Ever since the advancement of technology emerged, we’ve been more exposed to processed and chemically enhanced foods and harmful environmental pollution. These toxic pollutants destroy our health, especially our digestive system, since it is where we break down the nutrients before they are transported into our body.
But did you know that our digestive system is not the only one causing all these health issues you’re experiencing? In fact, your gastrointestinal “gut health” can be the root cause of the chronic conditions you have, including your brain and mental health.
What does it mean to have a healthy gut?
A healthy gut involves the effective digestion and absorption of food, the absence of gastro-intestinal illness, normal and stable good bacteria thus leading to a state of wellbeing.
Lactobacillus, also known as “gut bacteria” helps break down sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid. The will help ease your digestion and balance out your immune system. This can be very helpful especially to those who have bowel and inflammatory disorders. Having a healthy gut also means that your body is able to absorb the nutrients and minerals properly. These nutrients will be transported throughout your body, improving your health and well-being in the process.
What happens when your gut bacteria is not balanced?
There’s a reason why our gut health is also called the “second brain”. This is because our current mood reflects how healthy or bad our gut health is. An imbalance of gut bacteria will lead to a condition known as gut dysbiosis.
Gut dysbiosis happens when our gut is filled with too many bad “bugs”. Bad bugs (bacteria, yeasts, parasites, etc) can develop when your gut is digesting too many processed foods or the ones that cause autoimmune problems. This gut bacteria imbalance will damage the mucosal layer of your GI tract. The moment this layer will be damaged, it will allow food to enter into your bloodstream instead of undergoing the normal process. This unnatural process will activate your immune system, causing inflammation and food sensitivities in your GI tract.
Dysbiosis also affects your mood and mental health
Research has also shown how you gut health is connected to your mood. The moment your gut is inflamed or irritated, the enteric nervous system (ENS) will signal your central nervous system that trigger changes in our mood. It also affects our cognitive functions such as memory and thinking skills that trigger early Parkinson’s disease.
Your gut health is the key to your brain health and well being. If your gut is healthy, your brain is also healthy and happy. It’s not too late to save and protect your gut health. Talk to us about what lab tests would be right for you and these will identify what condition is holding you back from achieving optimum nutrition. In addition to lab testing we can then eliminate the processed foods that cause harm to your body and formulate a customized healthy diet regimen to help you achieve the dream body and health you ever dreamed of.