Why is a healthy gut so important?
- *90% of serotonin is made in the gut. If the gut is not healthy, seratonin is depleted. Seratonin is used by the body to regulate intestinal movements (e.g. low levels can mean constipation). It also regulates mood, appetite, and sleep and has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning. Several classes of pharmacological antidepressants act to modulate serotonin. We do not recommend antidepressants but recommend a probiotic and 5HTP instead (and other natural treatments).
- *Immune System. 70% to 80% of the immune system is powered by the gut.
- *Constipation, acid reflux, heart burn, irritable bowel syndrome, all are related to gut health.
- *Diabetes. An unhealthy gut has been shown to increase your risk of diabetes.
- *Body Fat. It is difficult to lose fat if you are constipated, have undigested food in your colon, have low serotonin and cannot absorb nutrients from your food because of a lack of digestive enzymes.
How can I have a healthy gut?
- *The best way is to eat healthy foods. This means lean protein, lots of vegetables and some fruit. NO WHEAT and very Limited SUGAR. Chew slowly and frequently (15 to 30 times) to “PreDigest” your food and to release enzymes. Take digestive enzymes if needed. As we age, we produce less enzymes. If you feel bloated after you eat and/or your stomach is upset, you likely need digestive enzymes.
- *DeStress. Stress affects the gut and independently lowers serotonin.
- *ProBiotic. Take a daily probiotic. Over the counters typically are insufficient as most do not contain sufficient CFUs (units of healthy bacteria), and do not contain important strains of healthy bacteria. If you are on a regimen of antibiotics, you should take a probiotic as the antibiotics kill the good as well as the bad bacteria. Do not take the probiotic within 3 hours of taking the antibiotic.
NEW YEAR EXCITEMENT. WE WILL BE ADDING CHELATION THERAPY AND OTHER EXCITING THERAPIES IN OUR CLINICS IN 2013. Look for our announcements.
Have a great and healthy holiday!!
NBH, Sandy Clark and All the Staff of Natural Bio Health