For females, do you suffer more with these symptoms at certain times of the month? Do you suffer from brain fog, poor concentration, memory and mood issues, in addition to this? Do you find yourself craving foods that are not healthy: high sugar, high salt, and simple carbohydrate type foods? Are you struggling with low energy during certain times of day, and have you been, for a long time? Do you eat “on the go” or “in a rush” a lot of the time, not taking time to chew your food, and sit down and relax while eating?
All of these symptoms and habits are a sign that your digestive system could be in dysfunction. It is important to address the ROOT CAUSE of these issues, even if you do not feel it is affecting your overall quality of life at this point in time. The reason for this?
Your gut contains approximately 90% of your immune system function!
Dysfunctional Gut Problems
Being born via C-section, instead of vaginally: Much higher levels of healthy microflora are obtained with a vaginal delivery for a baby, which helps to start establishing a healthy gut microbiome and immune system.
Use of antibiotics: Short- and long-term use, (it doesn’t matter how long ago it was), depletes the healthy microflora in your gut. If efforts were not made to re-establish the beneficial flora, the imbalances can persist over the long term, affecting gut health, and immune function.
Skin conditions: Psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, acne, boils, candida outbreaks, etc. Your body’s two primary areas for elimination of toxins are in your digestive tract and your skin. If your digestive tract is not eliminating properly, and efficiently, then the skin will often be the default, which can burden it over time.
Mood changes/disorders: Hormones and neurotransmitters are produced in your gut, helping you to feel emotionally balanced. If your gut is inflamed and in dysfunction, it will not produce neurotransmitters in proper quantities, which can lead to symptoms such as: mood swings, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Likewise, if you are experiencing high levels of emotional stress, especially over the long term, it can affect your digestion. This leads to fewer enzymes being produced to breakdown your food into available nutrients, when under emotional stress, and interferes with your body’s ability to produce the neurotransmitters needed for brain health and balanced emotions.
Poor cycles: Often, hormone production and utilization are out of balance when there is pain and other PMS symptoms, most commonly between ovulation and menses and/or hot flashes around perimenopause and menopause. One of your gut’s jobs, is to excrete the excess hormones (primarily estrogens) that are no longer needed by your body. If your gut is not at optimal function, the hormone by-products that should be excreted can get re-circulated, causing inflammation and hormonal imbalances leading to multiple symptoms in different areas of your body.
Low energy: Often, if you are having times in the day when the energy levels are dipping considerably, and you are boosting it using the “quick fix” type methods such as caffeine and sugar or energy bars/drinks, it is a sign that your gut health is compromised. The solution to solving your low energy issues involves finding the root cause of the symptom, as these short term “quick fixes” for energy will actually further aggravate and compromise your gut’s health and function.
Chronic Stress: This will change to biochemistry in both your gut and your brain and affect your digestive system’s capabilities when exposed to high levels of stress hormones over time. Immune function and inflammation levels in your gut will become compromised over time, if the stress is not alleviated/managed well.
If you think that any of these factors could apply to your life, do not despair! There are many ways to correct imbalances in your gut: to restore and improve immune function, reduce inflammation in your body, decrease the toxic burden inside your body, and restore hormone balance, energy, and vitality.
Doing so involves digging deeply into the history of the symptoms you’re experiencing, and the potential triggers and ongoing aggravators to your gut health. This type of approach looks to discover the ROOT CAUSE of your digestive dysfunction or other health conditions and symptoms that are related to gut imbalances. This is the only way to truly discover how to rebalance digestive health, as well as many other systems in your body.
This approach, founded in the theory and practice of functional medicine, has yielded the best long-term results for countless clients. I am happy to discuss this with you further.
Proper gut health is essential for achieving overall health and wellness in your body.