Why Our Body Is All Connected
Understanding how our body works in tandem is important if we like to live holistically. We aren't a collection or sum of body our parts acting separately.
It's important to begin looking at the state of our gut health as a cumulative effect of our body's health. Our body is a complete system: everything is connected. We are not simply a head that has been placed randomly and acts separately from the spinal cord upon which it sits. Our body relies upon these two components working in tandem to move our limbs that branch off from that spine to walk, move, talk, and complete any other functional movement.
Thinking Differently About Health
Here's why the future of health lies in our gut. It controls how much energy we get from foods. So, if you want to be healthy, start looking in your gut.
I believe the gut microbiome will be in the forefront of what it will mean for us to be holistically healthy. The first step is asking yourself at what stage in your life are you in trying to be at your most optimal health? Are you eating healthy? Are you exercising? Taking supplements? While all of those are useful and are beneficial, all of these things couldn't be accomplished without a living gut that serves as the foundation to be healthy.
How To Get Your Gut Back In Order
What are the most important factors to fix your gut health? Is there a secret to repair it and get energy or new ways to get energy through digestion?
Most would believe that it would be to take probiotics to fix the issues associated with poor gut health, mainly brain fog and inflammation, but taking probiotics is not necessarily the solution. Would there ever be a time that focusing on including probiotics into your supplement regimen would do more harm than good?
The Gut And Brain Connection Is Strong
How does the gut bacteria in our body affects the brain and body? One always affects the other; it's interesting how the gut and brain are connected.
If you've been reading this series on inflammation, you'd know how gut health, foods, and brain health are the triumverate of being healthy and happy. So how does out diet (or lack of good digestion) actually contribute to the illness of our brain?
Being Inflamed Is Good For Our Body
It's important to know why inflammation can be good for you. Normally, to reduce our bodily stress, most ask what can I take for inflammation in my body?
Chronic inflammation physiologically does significant damage to our brain when not kept in check. But there is a fine line between allowing the body to reduce inflammation naturally, and then not being able to reduce it at all so that it remains in a chronic state of constantly trying to fight the issues that have been created. So it's important to address inflammation.
Nutrition, Gut Health, And Athletic Performance
Is there a best way to use nutrition to improve athletic performance? Getting the most from foods eaten is important to athletes and their gut health.
Most athletes rarely give consideration to their guts, but they should. Why? It is from within their guts and digestion that athletic performance can be improved. This improvement can be large or small, but it can be the difference between crashing and burning or powering through towards the finish line. But there's so much more to it than eating.
The Delicate Balance Of Thinking And Probiotics
What exactly is healthy thinking? Is it simply thinking healthy or is it understanding how to walk the fine line of good gut health and good thoughts?
Before we answer that, we should look at how probiotics serve as the foundation from which your brain grows efficiently and how that good bacteria can serve as a protector for your brain as well. Once you understand the relationship between your brain (mental health) and your gut microbiome, you can see how important they are to the other.
Gut Microbiota And Cortisol
Can an imbalanced digestive system increase cortisol levels to become chronic inflammation? What are the effects gut microbiota has on cortisol levels?
If you are wanting to be in the most optimal health, you must know the importance of giving your gut microbiota the tools it needs to combat the constant cortisol production in our bodies that the standard American diet and lifestyle produces. Ultimately, it needs to have the tools to reduce chronic inflammation.
Is Serotonin Involved In Digestion?
What are neurotransmitters and what do they do? They can help to regulate many functions of the body, but most can't name 4 specific neurotransmitters. This is unfortunate because a healthy gut can work together with neurotransmitters to produce happiness or naturally produce those happy feelings normally sought after through the taking of pharmaceutical drugs.
If the term psychobiotic is new to you, I encourage you to listen to several of my previous blogs or podcasts to get caught up. In a nutshell, I touched on how certain gut bacteria can help arrange neurotransmitters in our brain to be naturally produced.
Combinations Of Gut Microbiome
Do we all have the same gut dna? If we are to healthy as an individual, we should know how much does our gut biome differ from others and why it matters.
Just like your DNA, the population and make up of your gut bacteria is unique from everyone else. It's as unique as your fingerprint. There have been estimates of the amount bacteria found in your gut ranges from a trillion to tens of trillions in various combinations in any of the thousands of species that scientists currently know about. In a typical “healthy” gut microbiome, a body should have at least 85% good bacteria with the remaining bad bacteria.
These podcasts are an extension of me sharing what I believe is the source to be healthy emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually: a strong gut.