All disease begins with the gut, according to Hippocrates, but modern medical science is just now beginning to understand the power of the digestive tract. Gut health is an essential part of overall health, and when your gut is unhappy, it shows. A healthy gut can benefit the whole body. Consider four health problems that can be solved by healing your gut.
What Makes for a Healthy Gut
There are two main concerns when it comes to your gut. Gut flora describes the millions of healthy bacteria that live in the intestinal tract. Without them, there is no normal gastrointestinal functioning to protect the body from disease and infection. There is evidence linking deregulated gut flora to everything from autism to obesity.
The gut barrier is that permeable membrane that regulates what passes from the digestive tract into the body. When the barrier fails to control what goes into the bloodstream, the body responds. This may be the basis of autoimmune conditions such as celiac disease. Natural treatment works to increase the permeability of this barrier to reduce the leakage.
Processed foods are the cusp of many gut problems like bloating and may be at the heart of chronic disease. If you think ready-to-eat, you are probably looking for something processed. Processed foods are prepared to make them easier for the consumer. They are convenient, no doubt, but you gut pays for that convenience with digestive upset.
Processed foods are high in chemicals, fat, sugar and salt. They contain food additives for flavor and preservatives to extend the shelf life. Instead of reaching for a loaf of white bread chocked full of refined flour, consider focusing on whole grain and freshly baked products instead. Avoid premade and packaged foods, as well.
- Yeast and Fungus Infections
The overuse of antibiotics is a public health concern. In some cases, such as when you have a bacterial infection, they are necessary. There are people who take antibiotics for everything, however; and that disrupts the normal gut flora and creates an imbalance. Antibiotics don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria, they aim to wipe them all out even the ones necessary for a healthy yeast/bacteria balance.
If you do take antibiotics, ask your doctor about supplementing with a probiotic food source like yogurt or milk kefir.
- Poor Memory and Concentration
Gut functioning has a direct impact on focus and memory. Look for natural supplements designed to support gut health. They will contain the right balance of herbs, vitamins and minerals to cleanse and improve gut functioning. Add to that omega-3 supplements that help reduce inflammation in the gut to promote healing.
- Allergic Reactions
Some problems in the gut may be due to unknown allergies. An elimination diet allows you to track your reaction to certain foods and determine if they may be causing digestive issues.
Start by eliminating these foods from your diet to see if that improves how you feel. If you still have problems, cut out foods you eat regularly one at a time until you find the right balance and your gut feels better.
A healthy gut is the natural state. Many things people eat these days is unnatural and the direct cause of many medical problems. You can find your way back to gut health by making a few changes.
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