Welcome to Willesee Healthcare newsletter for September!
Our newsletter topic this month is “Gut Health”. Much of our work, and success of the body healing itself and keeping healthy weight so revolves on the body’s ability to take in and absorb nutrients, so much of your healing and energy revolves around the health of your gut.
About Gut Health, What is Gut Flora?
‘Gut health’ is a term increasingly used in the medical literature and by the food industry. It covers multiple positive aspects of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the effective digestion and absorption of food, the absence of GI illness, normal and stable intestinal micro biota, effective immune status and a state of wellbeing.
By Dr. Kate Willesee Chiropractor
What are the signs of bad gut flora, bad gut health?
- Gut inflammation
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Reflux and Heartburn
- Weight loss and weight gain problems
- Bad immunity
- Fatigue resulting from bad nutritional absorption
In simple explanation the gut colonies can easily be described as “good” micro biota that protects the lining, and produce healthy enzymes that contribute the better digestion. They are usually small in size and allow healthy room for absorption of digested food through the gut lining. The pathogenic or “bad” microorganisms are not helpful in adding to digestion, as they produce no enzymes; take up excessive space on the gut lining. They can encourage leaky gut and immune reactions that all start the problem of hypersensitivity to foods, hence allergies. Excess immune reactivity can lead on to excess inflammation, hence digestive, or joint inflammation or arthritis and skin reactivity.
What leads to overgrowth of bad pathogenic organisms?
- A baby born without a vaginal birth
- A baby not fed by breast milk (this fails to allow initial colonization of micro biota.)
- Excess antibiotics at any stage in life (wiping out natural colonies, pathogenic colonies grow faster.)
- Diet high in acidic elements and high in sugar. (Pathogenic bacteria feast and flourish in high acidity and sugar environments.)
How to repair a bad gut flora condition?
Weed out bad pathogens:
The first step is to“ Weed” out bad pathogens, can be done increasing alkalinity of diet, taking a prebiotic such as herbal supplements to cleanse the gut. Also you must starve the pathogenic bacteria by reducing acidic food such as sugar, dairy, excess red meat and high gluten grains. In severe cases it may require stool samples to see how infected the bowel is, it may require antibiotic intervention temporarily before the healthy colony can be re established.
Seed the micro biota colony:
The next step is to put the good “seeds” in the bowel this can be done with probiotic supplements or diet high in fermented foods such as live culture yogurt (low sugar), fermented soy, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha to name a few.
Feed the micro biota:
Then you must continue to nourish the new micro biota with fibrous plant foods, keeping acidic food down and allowing high fibre vegetables to be a large part of the diet.
Weight loss through reducing Insulin highs.
Early research has shown people on high fibre diets including great vegetables in he diet and reduced dairy and gluten will encourage the growth of health micro biota, which has been seen to reduce excess insulin highs in the body. This raises great questions about the likelihood healthy gut flora can significantly influence weight loss and control of obesity.
That is a simple explanation of gut health in a nutshell, recently ABC Catalyst ran a show showing the latest lab tests supporting this hypothesis if you missed it look up this link
What can you do about your Gut Health?So much needs closer explanation of symptoms of bad gut health and bad gut flora, we have decided to give a series of talks explaining more about the steps to restore gut health, hence bringing better energy, better immunity, energy and successful weight loss. If you would be interested in attending, please click here and we will be in contact,
Dr. Kate Willesee Chiropractor.