Hippocrates, a Greek physician deemed the father of modern medicine identified more than 2,000 years ago, that many diseases begin in the gut. He concluded that the health of your gut affects your mind, body and soul.
Your gut is alive! It contains trillions of microbes who live insides your gut. Don’t panic these are not alien invaders but these are friendly bacteria and fungi and when they live in the right conditions with the right numbers help regulate your health. Without them you would not survive. But the food you eat and the life you live can affect the delicate balance within your body.
Are you experiencing any of the following on a regular basis?
- Irregular bowel movements
- Issues when eating certain foods
- Brain fog
- Sugar Cravings
- Skin breakouts
If your gut is out of balance it will affect your body but also your mental well-being.
The gut is complex and if the balance of bacteria is affected this will cause you to experience health issues which you may never have connected. Often people are diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, given anti-depressants or handed antacids. When in fact a review of diet and lifestyle is what is required as these types of treatments simply treat the symptoms and do not address the cause.
So, what are the causes for poor gut health?
The following can affect the well being of your gut
- Lack of water
- Lack of Sleep
- Eating too much sugar
- Bad diet- usually too high in carbohydrates and too low in fresh fruit, vegetables and quality protein.
- Too much dairy
How can you readdress the balance?
- Firstly, start taking a pro biotic. Try this one from Arbonne
- Then keep a food diary for 14 days and track your bowel movements, stomach issues and headaches to build up a picture of any patterns when you eat certain foods. Consider food allergy testing if particular foods seem to have an effect.
- Drink 2 litres of water a day this can include herb and fruit teas. Often headaches are due to dehydration.
- Reduce your consumption of sugar. But don’t be tempted to go for ‘diet’ products often full of other chemical nasties. Eat as much natural food as you can. Artificial sweeteners have been shown to increase gut problems.
- Get more sleep! Reduce screen time and go to bed by 10pm to ensure you getting a better nights rest.
- Eat fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kefir which all contain healthy bacteria, mainly Lactobacilli, and can reduce the amount of disease-causing species in the gut.
What do the studies show?
Science has advanced so much in recent years that it well documents that if you have a healthy gut you will be more likely to have a healthy heart and brain and a strong immune system
The largest study has just been completed – see here for the results, although the report makes heavy reading! So check out a summary on Medical News Today here. In summary the results suggest that a more diverse plant-based diet makes for a more bacterially diverse gut.
Those who consumed more than 30 different types of plants each week had much more diverse microbiomes than those who consumed only 10 or fewer types of plant weekly.
The researchers did note that these results do not necessarily mean that increasing microbial diversity is a positive thing for someone’s health.
Secondly, the participants who reported eating more than 30 types of plant per week seemed to have a lower resistance to antibiotics. The researchers found fewer genes indicating antibiotic resistance in the fecal samples of these people — that is, fewer genes that help the bacteria to escape the drugs.
The connection between the gut and mental illness
Finally, the study revealed interesting connections between the composition of the gut’s bacteria and mental illness.
Those who reported living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, depression, or bipolar disorder were compared with healthy controls who had been matched for age, gender, and body mass index (BMI).
The results demonstrated that people who reported mental health issues had more bacteria in common with other people who reported similar problems than they did with the controls.
This association was strong regardless of gender, age, or geographical location. Also, the research suggests that some types of bacteria may be more prevalent in people who live with depression.
These findings strengthen the link drawn between mental health and gut bacteria by previous research.
By addressing your gut issues your health will benefit, your mood will improve as a result of better digestion and getting better sleep. A healthy gut may also prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases.
How can I help you?
You can make a great start by using the Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living programme. This uses clean eating (elimination of the common allergens like dairy, gluten, soy, alcohol and sugar) and using Arbonne’s supplementation products to help the elimination of the build-up of toxicity caused by factors such as the environment, stress, products we use containing toxins. Your body (and habits) and gut health and are able to heal and start to reset itself after a period of 30 days – so that then you can start to introduce things like diary and gluten back in – to see what is not agreeing with you, and causing you the low energy, bloating etc. It’s also just so crucial to help and support the gut as it’s so bombarded by our modern living. Find out more here
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