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Health Begins in the Gut

Gut HealthHippocrates once said that “all disease begins in the gut”

This quote rings as true today as it did 2,000 years ago.  Research is still discovering the many roles that the microbiome of the gut plays in our health, which consists of billions of microorganisms and 1,000 different species of bacteria.  We understand that it plays a role in digestion, the manufacturing of vitamins, detoxification and protection from disease. Since about 70% of our immune cells lie in the intestinal lining, the microbiome influences our immune response. Another fun fact… the gut contains more neurotransmitters than the brain.

When our microbiome is balanced, we have a wonderful ally that keeps our body healthy, promoting good digestion, healthy immune response, clear thinking, balanced mood, and glowing overall health. When our microbiome goes out of balance, however, we may experience digestive disturbances, mood disorders, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as metabolic disruptions which present as autoimmune disorders, obesity, and allergies, to name a few.  

Our microbiome is constantly changing, depending on the foods that we eat and the lifestyles that we lead. Think of your gut bacteria as sitting down at the table with you, eating the foods that you eat.  Feeding them processed foods, sugar, alcohol, and unhealthy fats will increase the amount of yeast and disease promoting bacteria. Other factors such as stress, environmental toxins, infections, and antibiotic use will also knock this delicate system off balance.  Fortunately, we have the power to control the environment of our unique microbiome through a whole foods diet, stress-reducing techniques, and supplements.  This is one of the first places I start when working with clients with any health condition.  Typical complaints such as IBS and bloating, or inability to lose weight I see as inflammation going on in the gut.  Often times an elimination diet is helpful, removing inflammatory causing foods such as gluten, sugar, and dairy.  This along with a diet high in lean protein, vegetables and healthy fats has remarkable results.  Years of digestive disturbances have suddenly dissipated.  The bloating has gone away.  The weight starts to shed.  Energy soars.  Once the body is given the tools it needs to heal, it’s amazing how good it can feel.  

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5 Simple Ways to Clean Up Your Diet

Eating healthy doesn’t have to take all of your time and effort.  Here are 5 easy tricks to sneak into your diet, and believe me, you’ll want to keep them there for good!

  1.  You perhaps may be one of many who have made the resolution to eat healthier for the New Year, and salads are a great way to do so.  With best intentions, you could unknowingly be hampering your efforts by using store bought dressing.  Why?  Most commercial salad dressings contain plenty of unnecessary and unneeded ingredients which can be harming to your health.  Here are just a few common ingredients and why you should avoid them:
  • Poor quality oils: The bulk of oils used in most commercial salad dressings are coming from genetically engineered canola or soy, and have been processed and refined to the point of turning them into unhealthy fats.
  • White sugar or high fructose corn syrup: imbalances blood sugar levels, depletes nutrients in the body and encourages weight gain.  We don’t need the extra sugar!
  • Chemicals, preservatives, and artificial flavorings:  The list is too long to mention here, but do we really need titanium dioxide or xantham gum in our lovely greens?  Even in small amounts these chemicals have shown to be detrimental to health.

That’s not to say that there are not some decent organic dressings on the shelves, but even so you can’t beat homemade.  Here are a few simple recipes for homemade dressings to get you started.   

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