How To Heal Almost Everything

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All disease begins in the gut. ~ Hippocrates

There is so much more information easily available nowadays than back when I had two small sweeties to nurture, teach and guide. A very big one that I am learning more and more about the importance of and really want to share with all the other women and young mami’s of the world is info about your gut and the importance of taking really good care of it for yourself and your family.

Just in case you haven’t heard anything about this topic, I am going to give a brief overview and tell you why it is so very important.

Turns out they finally are figuring out that your gut is home to about 60-70% of your immune system and can cause major health and mental wellness issues such as constipation, hives, eczema, candida, allergies, hyperactivity, arthritis, autism, headaches, depression, autoimmune diseases and many more things. (*You do not have to have symptoms to have a leaky gut!) In fact, your brain and you gut communicate back and forth and affect the functioning of each other! The brain sends signals when you are feeling things, like stress or anxiety, and it affects how well your digestive system functions. Likewise, your digestive system can affect your frame of mind by altering it’s production of serotonin (this is a neurotransmitter that regulates things like mood, sleep, anxiety, depression, etc) because most of your serotonin is made in your gut!

Bottom line is the health and wellness of your gut and how well it functions, processes food and eliminates are critical in your overall health and happiness!

You may be wondering… But how does your gut get unhappy and start not functioning well in the first place?

These are some of the things that can impair your gut functioning:

  • Frequent antibiotic use
  • Chronic stress
  • Eating processed foods, refined carbohydrates and sugars
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Parasites
  • Chronic infections
  • Overgrowth of fungus (ie, candida/yeast)

Any of these sound familiar for your life or the life of your family members? If the answer is yes, and you or they have other health concerns, like some of those listed above (or anything else), I highly recommend you do further research into the benefit of a healthy gut and the impact of having a compromised or “leaky gut”. A leaky gut is when the one-cell thick lining of the gut is damaged or compromised and no longer provides the barrier and protection it is designed to provide. This barrier breakdown now allows for undigested food particles to make it into bloodstream, creating immune responses and all kinds of inflammation, illness and basic feeling like crap.  : (

Aside from eliminating the above offending things from your life, some other things you can do to help your gut are:

  • Remove all food toxins from your diet (including processed, refined foods, sugars and the primary allergen foods as well as any others you know are an issues)
  • Incorporate fermentable fibers into your diet (includes starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.)
  • Incorporate fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi,  and/or take a high-quality, multi-species probiotic
  • Get treatment for any intestinal pathogens/parasites that you may have
  • Incorporate regular and consistent ways to manage your stress (such as exercise, yoga, tai chi, meditation, hiking, dancing, gardening, laughing, etc.)
  • Chew your food thoroughly and slowly – this is where digestion REALLY begins!
  • Take a high-quality digestive enzyme to aid your compromised system

You may also need to locate a practitioner to work with individually (I recommend a functional doctor or functional nutritionist as they work more with the whole you and they use more natural methods of healing). There are also some options for programs working with qualified practitioners online. I have decided I am going to check one out and put it to the test with the intention of taking my own healing, health and wellness to the next level. I will keep you posted on how it goes (it is about 3 months long) but you can learn more about it here.

In reflection, so much more of this beneficial information is available to us now than when my sweeties were small. I really encourage you to educate yourself about these important topics for your health and the health of your family and your own sweeties. It lays the foundation for a lifetime and teaches them the power and benefit of self-care and their own habits and choices.

(for further reading on this topic and to check out some of the sources I used for this post, in addition to my own experience, feel free to go here, here, here, and here.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

Have you had your own experience with gut related illness?         Have you already taken steps to heal your gut and have an amazing story to share about it?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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