What state is your gut in right now? Are you a nutrition ninja or a miserable farty failure?
Your answer to that question may well be: ‘I dunno, how can I tell?’ followed by ‘who cares anyway?’
Gut health is important. I would say that, I’m a gut geek. But don’t take it from me, take it from Justin, our success story of the week. More about him in a moment.
We cover on this video
00:45 Digestive System
01:58 Immune System
03:07 Weight Control
03:38 Mental Health
04:36 Gut Geek of the Week
What does it mean to say our gut is unhealthy? It means two big things aren’t right:
a) Our gut flora has got out of balance, so that there’s not enough good bacteria
b) Our gut wall has become damaged and leaky
And you know your gut is out of balance if you have a health issue that falls into one of these 4 broad categories:
1. The first category is anything to do with our Digestive System
For example you may have:
- Food intolerances
- Acid reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
In this category I’d also mention Candida, which is a yeast that’s always in our body but sometimes gets out balance, causing itchiness, thrush and other unpleasant symptoms.
It’s normally kept under control by the natural balance of friendly bacteria in our body but runs rampant when the gut is unhealthy.
2. The second broad category is the Immune System
So, inflammation is part of our body’s response to something harmful, and it’s generally a helpful process. However, our immune system can get confused and misfire, setting up inflammation against stuff that isn’t actually a threat to us. This can show up with:
- Seasonal allergies – like hay fever
- Skin problems – like rashes, eczema and acne
- Joint problems – like arthritis where we have aching and swollen joints
- Autoimmune conditions – like multiple sclerosis or coeliac disease
- Chronic Tiredness – which can be caused by low-grade inflammation throughout the body
These are some of the problems that crop up when our immune system isn’t working properly, and they are all clear signals that our gut is struggling.
3. The third category is: Weight control – Like many people you may have trouble:
- Losing weight
- Gaining weight
4. The fourth category is Mental Health – for example you may have problems:
- Concentrating or recalling stuff
These are clear signals that our gut is unhealthy. Why? Because of something called the gut-brain connection.
Gut Geek of the Week
I’ve just given you a big list of ailments. That’s because the gut for us is like roots are for a tree: problems there will spread throughout our system.
But I don’t want to leave you with that. I prefer to focus on solutions.
So, a quick word about our success story of the week.
Justin is a taxi driver and bodybuilder from the UK. He developed terrible Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) but didn’t receive much help from his doctors, who ran tests and said he was fine, when he knew he wasn’t fine at all.
Around that time he started following my Twitter feed and began using some of the strategies I talk about.
Fast forward to a year later and Justin said this:
Isn’t that awesome?! You can read more about Justin’s journey in his blog post here. In my next post we’re going to look a little more closely at the strategies Justin used to take back control of his health.
For now, Justin I salute you, you’re our Gut Geek of the Week!
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