Here is the honest truth: most chronic diseases are a result of poor gut health. As bad microbes leak through the gut and into the bloodstream, your body mounts an inflammatory reaction against these “foreign invaders.” This inflammation leads to many problems throughout your entire body.
The Human Microbiome
The human body is extremely complex, and this complexity is demonstrated by the vast internal community of bacteria, fungi and viruses located within our gut….this is called the microbiome. This community of microbes live in our digestive systems and leave “genetic footprints” as they help determine our unique DNA. Our microbiome is home to trillions of diverse microbes, all of which contribute to nearly every function of the human body in some way or another. The importance of our gut microbiome cannot be overstated.
Autoimmune disorders develop when the body’s immune system becomes confused and starts to attack itself. The inflammation that comes from a “leaky gut” (a.k.a. poor gut health) causes a cascade of autoimmune responses, causing the body to attack its own tissues.
- inflammatory bowel disease
- celiac disease
- pernicious anemia
Your diet affects your gut bacteria. Your gut bacteria affects your neurotransmitter activity. Your neurotransmitter activity affects how you feel, your ability to handle stress, and your energy levels. See the amazing connection here?! Poor gut health leads to low nutrient availability, inflammation (there’s that word again!) and oxidative stress on the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. In fact, research tells us that good gut bacteria create 95% of the body’s serotonin, which controls your moods, eases tension and raises alertness!
- bipolar disorder
Accumulation of bad bacteria in our gut contributes to the degradation of joints and tissues. Therefore, a healthier gut environment reduces the risk for joint pain, swelling and complications related to osteoarthritis and inflamed joints.
- psoriatic arthritis
- rheumatoid arthritis
Because the gut microbiome profoundly impacts the immune system, a “leaky gut” will result in over-exaggerated allergic responses. When your body is exposed to certain allergens (pollen, dust, mold, gluten, yeasts, etc.) the body mounts a dramatic inflammatory response, resulting in a variety of symptoms based upon the allergen exposure (runny nose, watery eyes, nausea, fatigue, bloating, etc.)
- seasonal allergies
- food allergies
- frequent upper respiratory infections
Research has demonstrated that people who suffer from chronic fatigue and exhaustion have a skewed microbiome, full of bad bacteria in their gut that actually promote inflammation. This bad bacteria leaks into the bloodstream, triggering chronic and widespread inflammation that manifests as exhaustion.
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How to fix a “leaky gut?”
Avoid antibiotics if possible
Avoid antibiotics as much as possible. Although often a necessary evil, overuse of antibiotics can negatively alter the bacteria in your gut. Try and stick to home remedies whenever possible.
Healthy diet full of fruits and veggies
A full of fresh vegetables, whole pieces of fruit, fresh fish/grass-fed meat, and healthy fats will help to lower inflammation in the body by increasing good bacteria in the gut.
Supplement with a good multivitamin
Add supplements to provide your gut with all the good bacteria it so badly desires! Remove the bad guys, supply your gut with good probiotics, feed those probiotics with prebiotics, and protect the gut with a daily multivitamin.