Nurturing Our Gut Health: Why and How It Matters to Every Aspect of Life
by Jamie Spannhake
August 06, 2023
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the pivotal role the gut plays in our overall health and well-being.
A healthy gut not only aids digestion but also bolsters our immune system, enhances energy levels, and improves mental clarity. In other words, there is an important connection between a healthy gut biome and these other vital aspects of our lives.
I learned this first hand many years ago when I developed arthritis. My mom has suffered with rheumatoid arthritis for the past 60 years, so I thought maybe it was inevitable that I would too.
But when my doctor wanted to put me on the same medications that my mom takes, I didn't want to do it. I've seen the side effects. I KNOW how vital these medications are and thank goodness they exist. But, it didn't seem like my arthritis was the same as hers.
So, first, I decided to visit an acupuncturist and herbalist who is also an MD. To make a long story short, I'll get to the point:
I was diagnosed with bacterial dysbiosis, which was causing my arthritis symptoms.
Bacterial dysbiosis is essentially when there's too much "bad" bacteria and not enough good bacteria in your digestive system. In other words, the "bacterial homeostasis is disrupted."
And that's when the importance of gut health became so important to me. That's when I decided to obtain my health coach certification.
Related: What is bacterial dysbiosis?
I followed the doctor's advice for getting my gut back to health, which involved cutting out alcohol and sugars and refined carbs and basically everything I was consuming while in law school and studying for the bar exam.
Once my gut was healthy again, I could eat and drink these things again. The goal was moderation to keep things balanced.
With all this in mind, I recently wrote an article for Health Food Radar about the foods and supplements to incorporate into your diet and lifestyle to ensure your gut is healthy enough to support your immune system, energy, and brain.
Get the details here.