The Gut Is the Root of Health

The Gut Is the Root of Health

Have you ever experienced symptoms such as indigestion, reflux, wind, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea? These are among the most common health complaints that people live with every day. In fact, if these symptoms are left untreated, they can lead to more serious problems and affect the health of the whole body.

There are four key elements that promote healthy digestive function: maintaining the integrity of the gut lining, having a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut, having adequate digestive enzyme function to break down foods, and eating a healthy and nutritious diet. It may seem simple enough, but if one of these areas is out of balance, it will impact on digestion and overall health. If this is you, it is time to do something about it, contact Sharon today and get your gut into better shape, you will notice the benefits instantly.

Healthy gut lining equals healthy body

The first element of a healthy gut is the lining of the digestive tract. The lining is made up of several layers of cells and mucous; this barrier is the only internal part of your body that is exposed to the outside world. The lining of our gut protects your insides from being exposed to foreign particles and acid. Anyone can have barrier issues; as stress, drinking too much coffee and alcohol, poor immunity, as well as poor dietary choices can damage the lining of your gastrointestinal tract. However help is at hand, Sharon is able to help you restore your gut lining with supplements and or herbal medicines, depending on your gut health.

Bacteria Are Not Always the Enemy

Our gut is home to a huge population of microbes. There is a perfect balance of good and bad bacteria that will be specific to you as an individual. It is when this harmony between your microbes goes out of balance that you may start to experience symptoms. Probiotics are a way of restoring the right amount of good bacteria, and making that balance just right. 
• Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM) is a probiotic that helps to colonise the gut full of good bacteria, and helps to reduce the bad bacteria for healthy digestive balance. 
• Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07), another probiotic strain, can be beneficial during and after antibiotics, and can relieve symptoms such as flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation. Taking a probiotic is not however the whole solution, sometimes it is necessary to naturally kill off the bad bacteria with antibacterial herbal medicines first, then repopulate your gut with the correct probiotic. Sharon can help you with this.

Enzymes for Digesting

Your body creates enzymes to do a multitude of functions, including the breakdown and digestion of food. The following enzymes support digestive health:

Hydrochloric acid is a gastric enzyme in stomach acid, helping to break down food, and eliminate bad bacteria and microbes introduced to the digestive tract.

Pancreatic enzymes are produced by the pancreas, and are dispensed through pancreatic juice. These enzymes are involved in the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the stomach.

Brush border enzymes are found in your intestines and further digest food particles.

Bile helps to break down fats and is needed for cholesterol synthesis.

Sometimes it is necessary to supplement you with these enzymes as your body is unable to create enough to digest your foods as required.

Getting to the Bottom of Things

If you are suffering from indigestion, reflux, wind, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, your gut is not 100% and could be preventing you from being your optimal self. Speak to Sharon today about the many ways that she can help you restore your gut function and make your digestive system its healthiest, then you can be at optimal health.