WHY IS GUT HEALTH IMPORTANT?
Hippocrates, the founding father of medicine said, ”All disease begin in the gut”! And did you ever hear that your gut is your second brain? Let me explain more, first, 90% of all cells and genetic material are in your gut and 80% of your immune system is in your gut. Many of your hormones are manufactured in your gut for example; serotonin which affects your mood. Digestion happens in your gut as does absorption of nutrients which provide your body with the nutrients it needs to work properly! In order to be healthy, your gut flora has to be dominated by beneficial bacteria and not by the opportunistic (bad) bacteria, as is unfortunately the case for many. This creates toxicity in the body entering the blood stream, leading to disease, instead of a state of well-being. Gut flora is negatively affected by antibiotics both via medication and consumption of animals fed antibiotics and hormones, medications, pesticides, herbicides, other chemicals, poor diet, stress and other environmental factors. So the question is how do you fix the problem? You need to heal and seal the gut through diet and consume fermented foods! One of your first steps with beginning your journey to better gut health is to research Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, purchase her book and read it. There exist many other books on gut health which are also very valuable. Having the guidance of a Holistic Nutritional Consultant is also very helpful.
Book a consult with me to learn more about the GAPS Diet! The GAPS diet stands for Gut & Psychology Syndrome created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride! Quality foods are used to seal and heal the gut lining, to reduce inflammation in the body, re-balance gut flora–eliminate dysbiosis, and bring harmony to a disharmonious body. This is a long journey and having the support of a Nutritional Consultant goes a long way. If you’ve had chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, eating disorders, food intolerances and allergies, hay fever, skin conditions–eczema,
THE PALEO DIET
The Paleolithic diet, Paleo diet, caveman diet, or stone-age diet is a way of life. It requires the sole or predominant consumption of foods presumed to have been the only foods available to or consumed by humans during the Paleolithic era.
Paleo-friendly foods include quality meats, fish, eggs, seeds, nuts, pesticide-free fruits and veggies, along with healthy fats and oils. ThePaleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. Eliminating and completely avoiding processed foods, grains, dairy, legumes and sugar is key.
THE KETOGENIC DIET
THE KETO DIET: The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. A ketogenic diet can be used to achieve weight loss, blood sugar control and other health-related goals. Fortunately, it can include a wide variety of nutritious, tasty and versatile foods that allow you to remain within your daily carb range.