15 Aug Gut Health and Hormones
The health of your digestive system and the health of your hormones have a lot in common. First thing to realize is that you are only as healthy as the food that you can digest. The major role of the digestive system is to break down food and to provide the body with nutrients. If the gut is damaged it doesn’t matter how good your food is or how many supplements you take your gut will not be able to deliver those nutrients to the rest of the body.
There are a quite a few things that can affect the function of your digestive system. When the digestive system is in balance and the good bacteria are doing their job the gut is in a state of symbiosis. Its got a happy balance. However when this balance is out it is called dysbiosis.
A number of things can cause this to happen
- Medication, pill, antibiotics
- Junk food, sugar, high carbohydrate based diets
- Food intolerances, allergies or sensitivities
- Frequent antibiotic or drug therapy
- Emotional stress
- Intestinal infections
This then results in an over population of bad bacteria and yeast (candida), all of which are going to affect how well you digest food and how well the body functions. The major role of the digestive system is to break down food and to deliver nutrients and fuel to the body. This is important as your entire bodies health is relying on how well this process works. So many health problems could be healed by first starting at gut health and getting this working well.
When you consume food there are a number of steps in which the food goes through. First it is chewed and the enzymes in your saliva start to break up the food. This then heads to the stomach to keep breaking down food, the stomach uses hydrochloric acid and pancreatic juices to break down fat. Then what is left heads to the small intestine where the billions of bacteria do there job.
When the digestive system isn’t working correctly the following symptoms may be present
- Bloating, belching, burning, flatulence after meals
- A sense of never full binge eating
- A sense of bloating or fullness after eating
- Indigestion, diarrhea, constipation
- Allergy reactions after eating
- Itchy skin, ears, rectum
- Weak or cracked finger nails
- Dilated capillaries in the cheeks and nose in the non-alcoholic
- Skin irritations such as perioral dermititis, acne, rosacea
- Iron deficiency
- Chronic yeast infections
- Loss of menstrual cycle
There are so many things that can go wrong in the journey that your food takes, from not chewing your food, through to not being able to digest and break down your food. So if you make this job even harder by giving the body the wrong food which makes this entire process even more complicated you are going to notice significant effects in your health. Whether its your energy, skin, sleep or your mood.
If you are consuming the wrong foods for your body, these foods aren’t going to get broken down properly. They are going to ferment causing gases and toxins to release which is going to cause stress immediate stress in your digestive system, this could be seen as cramps, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea. Then if you continue to eat those foods causing that stress the body is going to show other symptoms of inflammation, whether its allergies, rashes, skin problems, acne, achy joints. Then over time if you keep going on the same path those symptoms then turn into bigger autoimmune conditions…..
So, if the body is stressed because of the food that you are eating and aren’t digesting, this is stress. Your body is a system of systems, it sees stress as stress. This increases cortisol in your body and any body that is running high on cortisol or adrenaline is going to send alarm signals to all the other hormones and throw them all out of balance.
It all comes back to food, how well you eat, and how well you digest. You have to take care with what you put into your body and listen to how your body reacts to it. The food you eat should energize you and fuel you. To learn to understand what foods work for you, and get your health and hormones on the right track, check out my BR30 program. I will teach you what foods work for you and give you the tools to finding real health.