What if there was “one thing” in your body that had the power to control the way you look, feel and think?
And what if supporting this “one thing” was they key to unlocking everlasting health? Sound too good to be true? We’re here to tell you that not only is this a fact, but it’s this vital organ in your body that serves as a common denominator for most of today’s health problems.
Doctors, scientists and researchers alike are just now starting to discover how critical your digestive health is to your entire body. In a recent study conducted at Yale Medical school, the nation’s TOP Gastroenterologists (GI Doctors) and colon experts were in total agreement when they said:
“Throw out everything you think you know about digestive problems…”
Many doctors now believe that supporting digestive/intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut wall will be one of the most important goals of modern medicine in the next 10 years…and for good reason! Not only are people starting to become more aware of their body, but many are beginning to take control of their health once and for all by taking control of their gut.
Through the power of probiotics, clean eating and gut healing foods/supplements, you too can cure yourself of many ailments that are affecting your everyday life. If it’s true that “all disease begins in the gut,” then this is the where we must start to heal ourselves from the inside out!
Although it may sound crazy, we are actually more bacteria than we are human. Inside of all of us, there are 10x more bacterial cells than human cells. Researchers estimate that we have 100 TRILLION bacteria living inside our bodies… and we need every single one of them! It’s this delicate ecosystem of bacteria inside of us (commonly referred to as the microbiome) that keeps us strong and healthy. It’s this structured balance and diversity that are key to our vitality!
There is believed to be somewhere between 300 to 1,000 different species of bacteria that live inside of our gut, with most estimates at about 500. However, many researchers believe 99% of the bacteria comes from only 30 – 40 different species. This is bad news bears! The more diverse/healthy your microbiome is, the healthier you are. There have proven studies that show a person with a diverse microbiome will in turn have improved digestion, absorption, metabolism and a stronger immune system!
The more diverse/healthy your microbiome is, the healthier you are. A less diverse microbiome has been directly liked to over 170 serious health issues, like obesity, diabetes, arthritis, depression, fatigue and brain fog, just to name a few! Our microbiome is completely influenced by everything we consume. The more chemicals, toxins, sugars and artificial junk we put in our body, the lower our diversity becomes.
Scary fact: Taking even ONE dose of antibiotics may permanently reduce the diversity of your gut bacteria. Antibiotics are designed to kill bad bacteria in the body which can be good for an illness, but they also kill the good bacteria in the process which greatly reduce the overall diversity of your microbiome.
With literally hundreds of species of bacteria in our microbiome, it is critical that we must maintain a proper balance of species. If we have too much of one species (or not enough of another), our biome becomes unbalanced and leads to serious health issues! Just as diversity is key, so is a balance of that diversity!
There are good bacteria and bad bacteria like yeasts and fungus. The good bacteria are called “probiotics” and are critical to a healthy digestive system. These “good guys” help you digest food, eliminate waste, promote healthy immune function and regulate your metabolism. When our digestive system is balanced with 80% good bacteria vs 20% bad bacteria, our digestive system functions at its very best.
Health Tip: Numerous scientific studies have proven the beneficial affects of taking a high quality probiotic supplement, linking probiotics to weight management, higher energy levels, mental clarity and a stronger immune system–to name a few. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy diversity while balancing your microbiome is a high quality probiotic.
Want to learn more about probiotics? We wrote a whole article on it; Doctors prove gut bacteria may hold the key to your health!
8 Common Health Issues Caused By An Unhealthy Gut!
1. Autoimmune Illnesses
An autoimmune disease occurs when your body recognizes healthy cells as foreign, and starts to attack them which results in inflammation and a total breakdown of your immune system. When our immune system is busy targeting healthy cells, it renders us defenseless.
Although the exact cause of autoimmune diseases are unknown, it is speculated that they occur when there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the body. There are over 80 known autoimmune illnesses to date, with many of these sharing similar symptoms and difficult to diagnose. Some of these diseases include: rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis.
2. Mental Health
In our fast-paced, high-stress world, more and more people are reporting issues with chronic stress, anxiety and depression. But what you may not realize is that all of these signs are clear indicators of problems with your gut health. It’s hard to believe our gut and the bacteria in it could affect our mental health, but this is exactly what new research is showing.
Embedded in the intestinal wall are 500 million neurons that make up our enteric nervous system (ENS)–which plays an important role in the production of 30 different neurotransmitters. The ENS (or “Second Brain”) is responsible for balancing our mood, reducing stress/anxiety and keeping our overall mental health in check! The collection of neurons in the ENS are made up of the same cellular tissue as the brain, and holds the magic key to influence our thoughts and feelings.
In multiple case studies with mice, researchers were able to completely alter the mice’s behavior by changing their gut bacteria. In one example, they took a group of mice who were shy and reserved and gave them the gut bacteria of another group of mice who were outgoing and adventurous. So what happened next?? Well, the shy mice grew to become similar to the outgoing mice–simply from the transfer of healthy gut bacteria. I know this seems ridiculous, but you can read about study for yourself here! The moral of the story is this: your gut absolutely affects your brain–100%. If you’re struggling form brain fog, mental fatigue, stress, anxiety or depression the first thing you should do is clean up your gut!
3. Poor Immune Health
Did you know it’s estimated that 75% of your immune system is found in your GI tract? Any idea why…? Our microbiome has a HUGE impact on our digestive process and several digestive issues can literally disable your immune system from functioning at full strength. Leaky Gut Syndrome (as an example) is a particularly harmful condition in which your gut/intestinal wall becomes permeable (gets holes in it) and deadly toxins leak out into the body. Layman’s terms: poop spills out into your bloodstream. This is bad! As this happens, your immune system recognizes these foreign invaders as harmful and begins to fight them. This is great news…but over time if not addressed, your immune system will deteriorate from working around the clock to find these foreign invaders. This severely weakened state of being leaves you susceptible to all sorts of infections and bugs as your body has no way to defend itself.
The bottomline is this: If your digestive system is compromised, it weakens and strains your immune system. For a healthy adult (with a healthy microbiome) getting sick is not something that will happen regularly. A healthy individual will naturally develop immunities to common illnesses, but someone who is constantly feeling under the weather should look to their gut health to resolve the underlying issue. An overgrowth in bad bacteria, fungus or yeast can suppress a person’s immune system and invite chronic illnesses to invade. If you are constantly feeling under the weather, or struck with nagging coughs, colds, sore throats and flu like symptoms, toss out the Robitussin and focus on healing your gut!
4. Type 2 Diabetes
In recent studies it has been discovered that there is a direct connection between an unhealthy gut and type 2 diabetes. When studying the gut bacteria of individuals with and without type 2 diabetes, it was found that those with type 2 diabetes had high levels of hostile bacteria that did not support gut health. Dr. Mark Hyman has coined the term, “Diabesity” and he uses it as a way of saying obesity and diabetes are directly linked! He believes if you are obese you will most likely develop diabetes. In his recent book, The Blood Sugar Solution, he says “anyone who is obese is most likely pre-diabetic or diabetic and your odds of becoming diabetic exponentially increase with your weight.”
This weight-diabetes connection is critical to understand when you factor in your microbiome–which has a DIRECT impact on your weight management. In multiple case studies, researchers have found a less diverse microbiome leads to weight gain and obesity. With nearly 75% of Americans defined as overweight (with 20% of those being clinically labeled as obese), diabetes is on the verge of becoming an epidemic. But the truth of the matter is, we now know that this condition is largely avoidable when following a clean, healthy diet and establishing the diverse and healthy microbiome your body needs to stay healthy.
5. Skin Conditions
Its easy to forget that our skin is actually a vital functioning organ…with an average surface are of 21 square feet! Our skin is the largest organ we have and that can say A LOT about our health. Skin conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis can be pretty embarrassing and very uncomfortable…but it’s important to understand that they are a symptoms of something else going on inside our body. Multiple studies published in the Journal of Dermatology have linked gastrointestinal symptoms like constipation, bloating, bad breath and acid reflux to the development of skin issues like dermatitis, acne and rosacea.
In fact, one study showed 54% of acne patients suffered from SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth) … which is significantly higher than the average population. Which is 10x higher to be exact!…Another study showed patients who suffered from skin conditions saw a 40% reduction simply by taking a probiotic supplement to rebalance their gut. Acne patients have higher levels of systemic inflammation than individuals with healthy skin…and gut issues are a major factor in inflammation. The bottomline is…if you’re struggling from skin conditions or irritations the first place you need to look is your gut!
6. Trouble Maintaining a Healthy Weight
We briefly touched on this in #4 but let’s dig a bit deeper here! It has been proven that people at a healthy weight have more balanced and diverse bacteria in their gut than those who are overweight or obese. Multiple studies have shown that obese individuals have very different intestinal bacteria than slim individuals. Two studies supporting this theory – one looking at mice, the other using humans – found that a family of bacteria known as firmicutes (species of bacteria) was more plentiful in the obese (20 percent more), whereas another bacteria called bacteroidetes (more bacteria) was almost 90 percent lower in obese subjects. Firmicutes appear to be more efficient at taking calories out of complex sugars and depositing those calories in fat (which makes you gain weight faster). In fact, when firmicutes were transplanted into normal-weight mice, they gained twice as much weight while eating the same diet!
In the human study, obese people who lost weight increased their bacteroidetes, while the numbers of firmicutes decreased. So what exactly does this mean? It means gut bacteria alters the way we store fat, how we balance levels of glucose in the blood, and how we respond to hormones that make us feel hungry or full. Essentially, the wrong mix of microbes, it seems, can help set the stage for obesity and diabetes from the moment of birth. The key is a healthy diversity and balance of good bacteria and the best way to ensure your gut is always balanced and healthy is by taking a daily probiotic.
7. Acid Reflux (Plus burps, gas and bloating!)
This nasty bugger is just no fun! This painful indigestive problem occurs when our stomach overproduces acid that creeps up into our esophagus. For anyone who suffers from acid reflux, you know exactly how miserable this can be. By fixing your gut, you can rid yourself of this irritating condition once and for all.
Gas, burps and bloating are all caused by bacteria during the digestive process. This is normal and the average tooter will pass gas 15-20 times per day (even though we all know ladies don’t toot). As your gut bacteria work to digest and break down food, gases get released in the process. That said, if you constantly experience gas, bloating or burping, this is a telltale sign you have an unbalanced digestive tract. The top 2 symptoms of SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) are gas and bloating. If you experience this annoying and embarrassing bodily function, the cause is a combination of your food and an unbalanced gut. Side note, a high quality probiotic is a great way to reduce acid reflux, gas, burping and bloating…plus it can help your bowel movements improve.
8. Constipation or Diarrhea
After a meal, if you feel bloated and uncomfortable, or perhaps find yourself running to the restroom, this is not how your body should be functioning if your gut is healthy. With a healthy and balanced gut, your elimination should be smooth and easy, with no disturbances or severe urgencies. This one may seem a bit obvious in relation to gut health, but maintaining a healthy gut is the only way that you can regulate your elimination. A healthy gut equals a healthy life. If you struggle with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or just irregular poops, you should absolutely look at cleaning up your gut! Believe it or not, your poops can tell you a LOT about the health of your body and are the biggest sign of digestive issues.
Your digestive system holds the key to unlocking the long-lasting health, energy and vitality you deserve–and the only way to get there is by healing your gut first! If you are serious about looking and feeling your best, I recommend watching this special presentation that reveals WHY your body is burdened with toxic waste and pounds of poop on the next page.
Learn HOW you can heal your digestive issues, cleanse your body and flush the putrid waste from your system to achieve the health you deserve once and for all! View this short presentation here.