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Gut Health: The Foundation of Optimal Wellness

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Bernard Jensen is a pioneering nutritionist and well regarded when it comes to the digestive system. He said, ’The bowel is king. And if we take care of the king, he will take care of his kingdom-your body.” The Ayurvedic tradition considers the digestive system as the “Mother System” and the single most important long term determinant of your health and well-being.

The digestive system includes digestion, absorption, assimilation and elimination of your food nutrients. Your intestinal flora which is comprised of good and bad bacteria needs to be in balance to maintain optimal health. I learned this firsthand in 2005 when I contracted Lyme disease. I was prescribed a regime of multiple antibiotics. After 10 months I discontinued their use because I felt like it was detrimental to my health.

Factors that disrupt the intestinal flora balance:

  • Regular Antibiotic Use

  • Chronic laxative or fiber supplementation

  • Stress

  • Overconsumption of sugar which feeds the bad bacteria

My long term antibiotic use disrupted the balance of my intestinal flora allowing Candida (yeast) to overgrow. This revealed itself through my skin as eczema.

Signs of unbalanced intestinal flora:

  • Constipation

  • Abdominal bloating

  • Increased infections-a large portion of our immune system and immune response is located in your gastrointestinal system.

How to restore and improve your gut bacteria:

  • Stay well hydrated

  • Eat fruits and vegetables, particularly leafy greens.

  • Oily fish: salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines

The digestive system is undeniably a cornerstone of your overall health and well-being. From breaking down the food you consume to extracting vital nutrients, its efficient functioning impacts every aspect of your life. By adopting healthy habits that support its optimal performance, you can pave the way for a more vibrant and fulfilling life. It is the foundation upon which your vitality and longevity rest.

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