When it comes to your body, every single little part is important. I mean, think about going through life without a thumb. Or an eyelid. Or the nerves that make you smile. But there are some parts that have a bigger influence on the whole than others, and your gut is one of those. Hyppocrates figured it out over 2000 years ago when he said, “All disease begins in the gut.”
What does that really mean? Basically, your gut health matters a whole lot. An unhealthy gut contributes to diabetes, obesity, arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome to just name a few. Really? Really.
Gut health is determined by the gut flora and the gut barrier.
(1) The gut flora: hard to even comprehend, but your gut is the home of approximately 100 trillion microorganisms. That’s 15 zeros by the way. Its role, among others, it to promote normal gostrointestinal function, protect you from infection and regulate your metabolism. The gut flora is negatively affected by antibiotics, diets high in refined carbs and processed foods and low in fibers, chronic stress and infections.
(2) The gut barrier: it decides what gets in and what stays out. If this barrier becomes permeable, “stuff” escape into the bloodstream, and the body reacts by attacking it. This is the leaky gut syndrome, and it seems to be playing a role in the development of autoimmune diseases. Symptoms for leaky gut can be skin problems, heart issues, joint pains or even mental illness! Anything that can destroy the gut flora (poor diet, antibiotics, infections, stress, hormonal issues, etc…) can cause leaky gut. There is a good chance that a bad gut flora means you have a leaky gut, and vice versa.
And that means inflammation.
The solution? Basically, we need to start rebuilding good gut flora and try to restore the intestinal barrier. And much of this is done by diet: remove food toxins, eat lots of fiber, eat fermented food. As far as lifestyle, take the necessary steps to begin managing your stress.
God knew what He was doing when He gave us real food and told us not to worry…