From auto immune challenges, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, brain chemistry imbalance through lung and systemic immune problems... it never ceases to amaze, after years in practice, how very important comprehensive digestive health is to everything else in the body.
I like to say that the gut is like "Mama"... if it aint happy, aint nothing in the body happy! It's true! So much arises in the digestive system. While it certainly serves to make sure nutrients come in and waste leaves our body... it is so much more.
Did you know that over 90% of your serotonin is produced from cells that line the intestines? Serotonin is important for mood (like depression, anxiety and irritability), sleep and also plays a key role in blood sugar stability. It's easy to imagine, therefore, if the digestive system is beaten down and unhealthy... that these important systems might take a hit, as well.
Did you know that over 70% of your immune cells exist in that same intestinal lining? It's a busy place doing important work! A compromised digestive system might often lead to compromised immune function. That's no good for people that "seem to catch everything." What's worse, are those that feel so broken and sick in general, but their blood tests are "perfectly normal" when they go to the doctor... but they never seem to get a cold, at all. What's going on there? Maybe their body can't even mount a healthy response to a virus, at all.
When the digestive system is really unhealthy over a long period of time, it can become "leaky". Leaky Gut (or as it is described in the medical research literature "intestinal permeability") can lead to a whole host of tough health challenges, including a cross-over auto immune reaction driving any number of auto immune diagnosis' that were never "meant to be" genetically, a significant burden to the liver (even when you eat healthy and never drink or consume acetaminophen). Why? Because what should be passing through the bowel and out of the body (like toxins and undigested proteins) accidentally get absorbed ("leaking" through) making the liver work harder and triggering the production of antibodies that you don't need, that might accidentally go on to attack your own tissue. Not good.
What can you do?
My patients already eat right, move as is possible, and have tried every food elimination diet out there. We use targeted nutritional supplements to rebuild the digestive system in a comprehensive way. They take quite a few things, at the same time, over time, all day, every day... for 6-24 months, sometimes... but they get on top of the downward spiral of poor gut health, reverse the challenges and restore their health, permanently. How do I know how to do this, so well? I was my own first patient. See the "About" link on my home page to watch a video on my own story. I was very sick for 10 years and have been wildly well for 20. I know what it means to be broken and I know what to do to recover.
- Balance Flora
- Reduce Free Radicals
- Calm Inflammation
- Repair the Lining
When you have the right raw materials in the targeted nutritional supplement formulas and you know how to put them together to treat the cause... it is amazing how the body will heal itself.