The importance of gut health and tackling stomach issues.
The gut is now considered to be the second brain and this is because it is way more complex then you may think.
If our gut is out of balance then it often does have a huge impact on the rest of our health. Many clients come to me with symptoms of bloated stomachs, trapped wind, constipation or diarrhea and if you have either Diarrhoea or constipation then your body is not processing food the way that it should be.
It’s interesting what people consider to be constipation these days and the norm, I’ve actually lost count of the number of clients who tell me that they have normal bowel movements because they go every couple of days or every other day, but this is not normal or healthy. A normal bowel movement is not every few days, or even every other day, it is at least once a day and ideally three times a day.
Most of us are used to living such sedentary life styles whilst consuming vast amounts of processed unhealthy foods which are high in sugars and lacking in essential minerals. We have also accepted ill health as part of the norm, rather than realising that our bodies are not functioning correctly, we don't seem to recognise that we are not healthy, largely due to the fact that most people don't know what it is like to be healthy and have a healthy gut. we've honestly been brain washed into believing that it's normal to suffer with these illness and that it's part of every day life.
If we consume too much refined sugar that is often added to food these days then not only does it contribute to a highly acidic body but it helps to deplete our healthy gut bacteria. If the body is too acidic and we don't have enough gut flora then it increases our chances of inflammation in the body, which can be the trigger to a number of diseases, as well as auto immune diseases.
In auto immune disease your immune system will actually over respond and attack your body and you can be looking at illnesses such as Arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac, graves disease and the list goes on.
There are steps that we can take to start to tackle our failing gut health and one of the most important is our food, but it's interesting that often people who suffer with bloating and tummy issues will in fact tell me that they are unable to eat the very foods that as human beings we should be eating, such as our leafy green veg.
I’ve noticed in the clinic over the years that changes to a diet in cases of severe intolerance to vegetables have to be changed slowly and this is due in part to the fact that the intestines are made up of muscles that frankly haven’t been to the gym and been working out, and so become lazy and sluggish are are incapable of digesting the very food that we were born to consume, such as root vegetables. for these people their bowels have become so inflamed that the changes have to be integrated slowly and the gut needs to be re populated with pro biotic's over time.
Asking a person to consume tough fibrous vegetables with weak intestines is like asking someone to run a marathon when they’ve been sat on the couch doing nothing and never exercising for years, but there are ways that we can introduce these foods slowly and gradually with the help of Homeopathy and a healthier diet as my client would attest to.
Just like the muscles in our body need working out in the gym we need to work the muscles in our intestines to get them functioning properly again and this doesn’t happen overnight.
our intestines need to learn to assimilate food properly again and we need to do our part and cut out the refined sugars and introduce gut flora by eating more fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kombucha, as these rich in pro biotics.
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