GOOD GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH IS A FOUNDATION FOR THE HEALTH OF THE REST OF THE BODY.
Good gastrointestinal health is a foundation for the health of the rest of the body. Many health conditions including skin problems, fatigue, anxiety, depression and autoimmune disorders, are related to poor gastrointestinal health and can be improved by optimising digestion and gastrointestinal function.
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG IN THE DIGESTIVE TRACT IT CAN TRIGGER A DOMINO EFFECT THROUGHOUT THE BODY.
For example, when stomach acid is low the protein in foods is poorly digested. If there is also a lack of integrity in the gut wall, the undigested proteins may pass through into the blood stream and trigger an immune reaction by the body.
POOR DIGESTION MAY ALSO LEAD TO THE OVERGROWTH OF CERTAIN BACTERIA IN THE WRONG AREAS OF THE DIGESTIVE TRACT
These bacteria may also compromise the integrity of the gut wall by producing byproducts which alter the pH of the digestive tract and cause inflammation. Both the bacteria, their byproducts and inflammatory messengers (called cytokines) may pass through the gut wall and cause further problems for the rest of the body including the brain and nervous system.
THANKFULLY NUTRITION HAS A LOT TO OFFER TO OUR GUT HEALTH
Dietary changes, therapeutic foods and specific supplements can be used to support the health of the gut wall and improve overall health. Addressing the gut is an indispensable part of any treatment plan aimed at addressing the root causes of autoimmune diseases like hashimotos thyroiditis, brain and mental disorders such as migraines, anxiety and depression, and skin problems such as acne and eczema.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as bloating, wind, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation, are becoming more and more common in our society. These can be frustrating symptoms to deal with since the usual rules do not apply; eating more fibre, drinking more water and following a 'healthy diet' can often make symptoms worse.
STRESS AND GUT HEALTH
People who are prone to experiencing heightened stress and anxiety, are more prone to developing IBS and other gut symptoms. Stress can change our gut flora and alter our digestive function, contributing to gut imbalances and gut symptoms. These gut imbalances then further add to mental stress and overstimulation. The good news is that it is possible to improve gut health and ease the stress and anxiety that contributes to gut symptoms.
Do you struggle with irritable bowel syndrome and stress symptoms like low mood and anxiety? You might be a good fit for the Nourished Nerves Program. To find out more book a free discovery call today to discuss your symptoms and find out how we can help.