Commonly misunderstood gut truths

Commonly misunderstood gut truths

Wellness begins in the gut
(because we must nourish every cell). Chewing is key to start good digestion. Beyond the mouth there are no teeth!!

Gut feelings and the gut-brain axis are real
(enteric nervous system; vagus nerve connection; sleep & mood highly affected by gut status).

Disease begins in the gut
(major protective frontier: home to 2/3+ of immune system and often where imbalance and dysregulation begins).

Microbial genes outnumbers our genes by 300X
(our health depends on their health & balance, and they regulate our bodies in many ways).

We are what we eat, digest and absorb
(not just “what we eat”; many things can interfere with this process we take for granted e.g. stress, hypothyroid, stress, various medications).
Eating hygiene matters. A. Lot.

Stress has a major impact on gut function and health
(shuts down digestive secretions and impairs both motility and immune function).
Sit down to eat.
Take 5 deep breaths before you start your meal.
Chew mouthfuls many times until the solids make a liquid.
Drink liquids AWAY from meals.

Constipation and diarrhoea are symptoms of gut dysfunction, not illnesses in themselves
(take both seriously; if chronic can lead to major
complications). How long is your transit time?

Acid reflux is almost never caused by excessive stomach acid overall
(rather it is acid in the wrong place, and at times triggered by insufficient acid)

Digestion is vital!
(e.g. stomach acid, bile production and concentration, pancreatic enzymes; often the gateway to the physical breakdown observed in the senior population, impacted by Type 2 Diabetes, various drugs)

“Wear-and-tear” on the gut lining can have a long-lasting impact
(e.g. NSAIDs, pesticides, antibiotics, steroids, mercury, intestinal permeability, coeliac disease, microbial overgrowths e.g. SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)