Why Your Gut Health And Microbiome Are So Important
Gut Health is a central topic among many Functional Medicine Doctors and Nutritionists and Naturopaths, for extremely important reasons.
When your gut ( meaning your small intestines, colon and stomach) are not feeling well, then none of you is feeling well.
One of the most common issues with gut health is having an “unhealthy microbiome” which means that you have the wrong types of bacteria or candida or viruses living inside your intestines and colon, and this can you cause you serious discomfort such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and inflammation that can spread to your joints, skin, brain, liver….virtually anywhere in your body can become inflamed when your gut is inflamed.
This is due to the fact that our intestines are lined with cells called enterocytes, and these cells are held together with special proteins called zonulins, occludins, and actomycin.
If these proteins get damaged by inflammation or pathogenic bacteria and yeast, or even food triggers, then these spaces between these intestinal lining cells open up, and allow all kinds of toxins, bacteria and pathogens, and even undigested food particles and fecal matter to get into our blood stream.
These important spaces between our intestinal lining cells are called tight junctions and a lot of research has gone into finding a way to help repair these tight junctions so we can block all of these poisons from entering our bloodstream.
They call this scenario “Leaky Gut Syndrome” as food particles and nasty bacteria and unfriendly Candida can all “leak” into your bloodstream and make your entire body sick.
One of the most important ways to heal the gut is to fix this “Leaky Gut Syndrome” situation, which can be done in a few, several different ways, and this is because Leaky Gut Syndrome can have all different kinds of causes….
Bring Down Inflammation
Eat The Right Foods
Avoid Sugar, Coffee, And Bread
Kill Off Pathogenic Candida, SIBO & Bacterial Overgrowth
Seems simple, right?
Well, I’ll tell you…cleansing and healing the gut can feel worse then being hit with a ton of bricks!
That is precisely because when you have Leaky Gut Syndrome, and if you try to kill off all of these pathogens and Candida overgrowth, well they start releasing all sorts of nasty poisons and exudates while they are dying off (it is known as “DIE-OFF”!!) and this produces some pretty uncomfortable sensations as if you catching a cold, or a flu, you get body aches, headaches, joint flareups, abdominal pains and bloating and gas…..
But you need to do it.
If you do not kill off these nasty bugs and organisms that live in nasty slimes called biofilms inside your gut, well then they are just gonna keep inflaming your gut, and cause horrible things like autoimmune conditions like rheumathoid arthritis or Multiples Sclerosis or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, or skin conditions like Acne or Eczema or Psoriasis.
This chronic bacterial and candida overgrowth can get into your brain and do all sorts of damage, leading to brain fog, poor memory and exhaustion.
When this SIBO and Candida get so bad, they will make your belly ache all the time and make it so you can hardly eat any food without wishing you were dead!!
So…you just have to cleanse your gut!
If you know what’s good for you!
You can help to reduce inflammation in a number of ways, but I prefer the old fashioned method of putting more antioxidants into my food such as spices like Turmeric, Ginger, Fennel, and Cumin…you know Indian cooking spices, like you are cooking Indian curry.
Those ancient cultures understood the gut and microbiome, and they developed recipes and ways of cooking to help improve the digestive system with fragrant spices and herbs…
That’s how Marco Polo got so rich….spices!!