Why your gut is so important for overall health
So we’ve been reading a lot lately about gut health and its overall impact on the body, and have come across some pretty great information.
About a few years ago, we really started understanding just why the gut is SO IMPORTANT for pretty much everything involving the body!
It’s pretty amazing how it has a type of global effect on health overall.
Another thing we have both recognized, is how there is a HUGE shortage of discussions relating to this exact topic.
Why is it that something so crucial for wellness is so overlooked?
The truth is that most people today do NOT live with proper gut function, and much of it is due to a variety of influential factors that we’ll be discussing with you today.
Let’s begin with the first culprit…
Antibiotics are killing your gut!
Yes, those antibiotics may not be helping you all that much…
Being that both of us were thrown into the medical system at such young ages, we have realized something very troubling!
What we came across during our horrible ‘medical escapades’ was a trend, a so-called phony ‘cure-all’ that many (not all) MD’s are practicing today.
We often refer to it as “The Antibiotic Shot in the Dark.”
In other words, physicians throwing harmful medications at their patients hoping that one of them will stick – much like somebody throwing darts at a board.
It seems as though when some doctors are lost and have little insight as to what is happening with a patient, their first move is to suggest an antibiotic regimen. In fact, what’s crazy is that broad-spectrum antibiotics are given to patients that don’t even need them to begin with!
This happened to us dozens of times!
What’s going on here?
Since when did such a damaging substance become known as a ‘cure-all’ for patients?
If you didn’t already know, antibiotics kill our good flora, and this is proven by now.
Flora is the bacteria in the gut that is vital in maintaining health on many different levels.
The term “antibiotic” literally stands for “anti-life,” and to us, that doesn’t sound like something a person should be taking in excess, if at all…
Antibiotics severely disrupt the intestinal environment, and more people need to understand why that’s not a good thing. But that’s not to say that there’s no place for them in medicine today.
Sure, there are certain circumstances that are suitable for an aggressive antibiotic regimen, but for the most part, we feel that they’re being overly prescribed.
Let’s look a bit further into gut health so that we can get some clarity on all of this…
Gut flora and overall health
Gut flora: what is it?
Well, to put it simply, flora are tiny bacteria organisms that live within our intestinal systems. They’re alive!
The gut flora are responsible for many important tasks: absorption of nutrients and supporting the immune system being two of the MAJOR functions.
Outside of that, these organisms are excellent little disease fighters – without them, we’d pretty much die. So much responsibility yet so little recognition…it’s time to give these little guys some well-deserved attention!
It’s actually proven that the disruption of gut flora is a major player in our current and rising health declination.
And guess what?
Antibiotics are NOT helping to control this issue. As stated earlier, they’re killing off mass amounts of our beneficial flora.
The craziest part concerning all of this is that gut flora (in some cases) may never fully recover from such excessive antibiotic use: but that’s not to say a substantial improvement isn’t possible.
We’ve helped people heal their guts quite effectively, and much of it has to do with repairing/replenishing what’s been destroyed.
If a person really wants to repair their gut, they most certainly can implement a variety of healing tactics.
In just a bit, we’ll be providing a few tips that can assist in REAL gut restoration.
Immunity and Gut Function
Did you know that the bacteria in the human gut make up the bulk of our immune system?
This means that if one’s digestive processes are ‘out of whack,’ his or her ability to fight off disease and infection can rise substantially!
Nearly 80% (give or take) of our immunity is located within our digestive system – think about that for a second.
That’s quite a huge number!
This means that one’s capacity to stay well and live healthy relies on how well they process their foods and absorb nutrients – makes sense.
On top of all this, a person’s gut function can also be directly tied in with weight management and metabolic function.
Pretty important stuff…
Yes, those extra pounds you may be ‘packing on’ could be a direct result of how you’re eliminating your waste. Studies show that by optimizing one’s gut bacteria, a person can most certainly increase the quality of their health, especially in regards to weight management.
What to do
- Try fermented foods: many people have actually seen a HUGE increase in health once fermented foods were introduced into their diet. If you have a significant overgrowth of yeast, you may want to double-check if you’re body can handle certain types of fermented foods – this is somewhat debated in the health community. It seem as if certain fermented foods (like natto) can do people well if they’re battling an aggressive yeast issue, but each person is different. Try it out, gauge your response. Your goal is to restore your intestinal balance to battle the overgrowth, and probiotics (like fermented foods) can help with this for many. Contact us for more information on this if you’re interested in testing for candida overgrowth. We can do it for you
- Find a really good probiotic to take every day! We have a few good ones that we recommend as you will see below. It is proven by now that probiotics (especially after taking a course of antibiotics) is strongly recommended.
- Avoid antibiotic medications if you can, but only under the supervision of your doctor. Incorporate more foods into your diet that have natural antibiotic properties: garlic, oil of oregano, coconut oil, and raw honey are a few of our favorites. We’re NOT saying to avoid these medications completely, just be more aware of what you’re doing when taking them. Know that there are alternatives out there.
- Optimize your diet: By really understanding which foods your genetics are geared to eat, you can definitely see some digestive improvement and feel better. This is where metabolic typing can come into the picture. Again, we can help you with this as well.
The products we recommend to better control gut health
There are only a few companies that we recommend for probiotics and digestive supplements.
The first is BioMatrix. During my FDN (functional diagnostic nutrition) training, I (Joey) was trained to correct health complications via diet and supplement protocols, and one of the companies we always use (and was trained in using) is BioMatrix. They make VERY good products, and are really in-tune with purity, which is something that we found comforting.
The second company we recommend is Ultra Life Inc. Click here for their recommended probiotic – we take this exact one everyday.
Both are awesome companies!
We would never affiliate ourselves with a company or business that wasn’t totally in-tune with purity and overall quality, so you can rest assured that both of these listed above are very VERY good selections.
If you do order any digestive supplements (or any supplements) from them, just tell them that your FDN coach “Joseph Cardillo” from Versatile Health sent you.
They like to know who sends people their way if being referred.
With all of that said, you don’t even have to use these links or companies, but it may be hard to find a better replacement. We trust them, so we recommend that all of our clients use their products.
We’ve been coaching clients for a while and have built trust among some great people, and BioMatrix and Ultra Life Inc. definitely fall into that category.
There are many more out there that are also great, but our trust lies within the two we have listed above from personal experience and overall effectiveness.
The end message with gut health
- Millions of people are suffering from bad digestion, and a lot of it has to do with poor diet choices and toxic medications like antibiotics.
- You can heal your gut if you optimize your diet and begin incorporating a quality probiotic into your daily routine.
- With a better functioning intestinal system, your health can be taken to a new and improved level being that it’s nearly the base of everything health related.
To better gut health!
- Joey and Chris
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