Gut health is rapidly receiving a lot of attention in the health world.
As we discover more about what truly causes illness and disease, the digestive system as a foundation and starting point shows a bigger and bigger role in wellness over time.
What exactly is the gut? Not only does it extend to the stomach, also to the small and large intestine (or colon), for instance.
Consequently, it also includes the liver, pancreas, gall bladder, the heart and blood vessels for transporting nutrients throughout the body.
Furthermore, the gut encompasses a very overlooked digestive organ: micro-flora, or beneficial gut microbes.
As modern research further unravels the vital role bacteria and enzymes play in gut health, it’s become clear that the digestive microbiome must be considered a bodily organ in and of itself.
Why is the digestive system in the spotlight?
While it’s not just in alternative health….it’s also in conventional medicine as well.
In America, the leading causes for the most widespread, chronic, and fatal illnesses can be linked to the digestive system. Besides its own health, it’s responsible for delivering nutrition to the whole body.
As the gateway to our bodies and the very beginning of where health can go right (or wrong), starting with a healthy gut is essential to wellness. Above all, getting the healing process started for many major illnesses in a wide range of clients is key to a healthy life.
Without a plan that ensures a healthy gastrointestinal system, no amount of pills, surgery, medicines, supplements, or herbs can give us what we hope for.
This includes nutrition and foods that strengthen the system itself, and healing protocols that help absorb healthful foods and medicines for everywhere else.
Therefore; it is absolutely vital for wellness coaches to examine gut health. Most will in fact use that as a wise starting point. This will bring relief, healing, improved energy levels and better nutrition into clients’ lives.
Benefits of Addressing Gut Health
As introduced, the advantages of addressing gut health with clients can produce improvement in their overall health and well-being.
Most importantly, poor digestion is typically the very first thing that influences the body towards poor health. Furthermore; can also serve as the portal to control and change these influences for the better.
- Boosting gut health itself can help bring a lot of symptoms, illnesses, and even pain back into harmony. This can be achieved with certain medicines, supplements, herbs, lifestyle changes and a healthy eating plan.
- Nutrition itself is clearly key to a successful digestive system. The right foods to enter the gut must be paid attention to, because they support the health of the stomach, intestines and liver.
- More importantly good nutrition and food must work together. Besides helping regulate the gut, it guarantees nutrition to get into other places in the body that are unwell, struggling or diseased.
Without a properly functioning digestive tract, the foods, medicines, supplements, and nutrients will fall short if they cannot be absorbed. As a result, this brings no benefit to the rest of the body.
This gives wellness coaches a good general example for why a healthy gut MUST be addressed, even in precursor to other systems. This is regardless of autoimmunity, inflammation, thyroid, or adrenal issues that are present. Without a healthy gut, most other conditions cannot be managed in alternative practice.
How Do I Know If I Have An Unhealthy Gut?
Most symptoms for digestive tract imbalance are quite easy to pick up on, and to safely address. Seems like it’s also very easy for gut issues to become engulfed by another larger issue altogether. Most importantly, most go unaddressed, especially in mainstream medicine.
Depending on the specific condition, these symptoms might be present, not present, accompany further symptoms and vary in severity from person-to-person.
Symptoms of Gut Problems:
- Constipation (chronic or sporadic)
- Diarrhea (chronic or sporadic)
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Alternating constipation/diarrhea
- Fatigue and malaise
- Heartburn, acid reflux, or high acidity
- Indigestion, cramping, pain or discomfort
- Irregular bowel movements (seldom or too frequent)
- Discolored, misshapen, or blood in stools
- Pale, sallow, or yellow complexion
- Incontinence, bloating or nausea
- Foul-smelling flatulence
Most importantly, with healthy foods, herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes, used in tandem will improve your gut health.
Most Common Gut Health Issues and Illnesses
First of all, stomach issues are high among some of the most common conditions today, and all over the world. Poor gut health can be the cause of many common illnesses.
Diagnosable Digestive Illnesses:
- Celiac Disease
- IBS or IBD (Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Disorder)
- GERD (Gastro-Esophogeal Reflux Disease)
- Ulcers (Gastric, Duodenal, etc.)
- Colitis (Ulcerative, e.g.)
- Crohn’s Disease (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
- Food Allergies
- Candidiasis/Gut Dysbiosis
- Parasitic Infections (Giardia, Amoebic Dysentery, Salmonella, etc)
- Digestive Cancers (Colon, Pancreatic, Stomach, etc.)
- Diabetes (types 1 and 2)
- Heart Disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD
- Thyroid Issues
As your coach, I can recommend lifestyle changes, eating plan options, herbs, and supplements that could support recovery of an unhealthy digestive system.
Gut Health Remedies and Management Approaches
Dealing with digestive imbalances and poor gut health requires good judgement. For that reason, there are a number of factors to look at, each requiring a different approach.
Causes for Poor Gut Health:
- Nutrition deficiency
- Poor diet and food choices
- Food allergens, intolerances or hypersensitivities
- Harmful medications, drugs, and supplements
- Toxins, chemicals, inflammatory foods
- Excess or lack of stomach acidity
- Lack of exercise
- Major illness or condition
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, this means you have poor gut health and is robbing your body of energy. Your body is busy concentrating on healing your gut flora, which takes away from it’s ability to produce more energy.
I encourage you to reach out to me, by scheduling a complimentary Healing Strategy session and let’s get you feeling your best, so that you can live life with vitality and abundance!