These are some very common questions I get asked in regards to a healthy gut. Now, please remember folks, I am a coach – so I am looking at the guts from the perspective of making your body and mind work as best as they can. I am not from the world of medicine, but from helping my clients achieve their goals. I would be bonkers if I did not look at, study and understand gut health as it is probably THE most important aspect of ‘wellness’ – especially right now.
How do I know if I have a healthy gut?
Often we get shown the symptoms of an unhealthy gut which can include: Stomach discomfort; fatigue; food cravings; unintentional weight changes; skin irritations; allergies; auto-immune conditions; and migraines. But what are our guts meant to do? It is very simple – take in food, absorb the fabulous nutrients and expel the waste. Happy pooping and no bloating or upset midsection. If we cannot eat our food properly, have the ability to absorb the nutrients or expel the waste – this is going to have a tsunami of side effects – which is why gut health is so very important! If your guts are healthy you will poop regularly, have fabulous skin, feel satisfied and nourished with healthy foods and have no specific food cravings.
How do I know if I have issues with my microbiome?
Firstly, what is my microbiome? According to my favourite goat milk kefir supplier chucking goat ‘It is a collection of microorganisms which comprises a number of different types of bacteria, viruses and fungi. These microorganisms play a vital role in digesting the food you eat and absorbing nutrients’
“It plays a role in the absorption of key nutrients and minerals,” says Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA, a naturopathic doctor and medical director of Fairfield Family Health in Connecticut. “The gut microbiome also plays a key role in good health — and in disease progression.” When you have issues with your microbiome it is called something called gut dysbiosis. “Dysbiosis has been connected with conditions like obesity, due to not having a healthy microbiome and poor gut health,” Patterson says.
The bacteria in the bowel helps fight off infection and regulates the production of serotonin. As a neurotransmitter, serotonin is also involved in regulating mood within the brain. It’s therefore not surprising that dysbiosis can produce a wide range of both physical and psychological symptoms, but it is often overlooked as a cause of ill health.
Is my immune system really in my guts?
“A huge proportion of your immune system is actually in your GI tract,” says Dan Peterson, assistant professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Alongside the organs that produce your white blood cells, your lymphatic system that helps circulate them and the antigens and antibodies taking on the viruses and other threats, scientists are looking into the microbiome and the critical role it has in immunity! So at the moment, it is a big YES – having a healthy gut really does have a huge impact on your immune system.
Is the bacteria in my guts good or bad?
The short and sweet answer is… both! to have a healthy gut we are looking for a balance – as in many aspects of life too. Too much ‘bad’ bacteria can cause constipation, excess intestinal gas, too little or no intestinal gas, chronic diarrhoea and chronic bad breath. BUT when we try and kill bacteria in general – we end up killing BOTH the good and the bad!
Science ABC states: antibiotics can destroy both good and bad bacteria, ultimately weakening our immune system and making pathogenic bacteria more adaptive and difficult to cure. It has become quite common for parents and doctors alike to turn to antibiotics, as they are inexpensive and proven methods to treat infections, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing in the long run. Our hand sanitisers and the intensely hygienic modern world has made it harder to have a diverse and balanced gut ecosystem.
How do I know if my guts are inflamed?
Gut inflammation can be hidden for years! For many of my clients, it wasn’t until they really wanted to achieve something phenomenal that they even knew it existed! Some of the symptoms of gut inflammation are: irregular blood sugar, chronic constipation, unexplained nausea, fatigue, irregular periods, acne, and PMS. When I was working with the British Army, I saw that the majority of the soldiers were suffering with high levels of gut inflammation. When I introduced and created my Traffic Light Nutrition System to them, they had quite immediate improvements in many aspects of the body, mind and training capabilities. I still today receive many lovely messages about how much better they feel. That makes me one very happy coach!
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In fact, the side effects of my Traffic Light Nutrition System is one of my favourite things to watch. I have seen within just days how people, including myself, can feel so much better. If you would like to have this feel better feeling please please get in touch through our website or social media. We are literally on standby ready to help you and your guts be fit, healthy and well! Don’t just join for you … do it for your guts!
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