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Digestion

Digestion is at the heart of your health.

In 2013, 74% of Americans were living with digestive issues. It’s likely that number has only grown since. What’s going on?

SYMPTOMS OF POOR GUT HEALTH
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Intolerances
  • Limited Diet
  • Poor Appetite
  • Stomach Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Food Allergies

The gut is the main hub of your immune system. When gut health is poor, your protection from invasive pathogens is weakened. Your nutrient absorption suffers, too, and with it, all bodily functions suffer. This is a recipe for long-term disease, but it can be reversed.

To restore great gut health, we must develop a competent gut health routine that involves more than diet and supplements, alone.

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To improve the gut, we must understand what we’re trying to fix.

Gut health depends on many factors, including hormones, nutrition, diet, and sleep. However, the gut flora are where the rubber meets the road.

These microbes digest our food, release nutrients for us to use, and fight off infection. 

Manipulating your gut flora — building up “good” flora and increasing hostility against pathogens — is critical to improving your digestion long term.

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It’s not obvious how deeply light affects digestion. It should be.

Gut health is linked to the quality of light your body receives through the course of the day. 

UV light (from the sun) on the skin directly changes the makeup of the microbiome in the gut — and the effect is independent of the effect of Vitamin D.

Learn more about improving the light you allow in your life, and watch your digestion improve over time.

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Your circadian rhythm directly controls your gut health.

Your entire body runs like a super high-functioning business — and everything needs to run on time. 

When you throw off your sleep schedule, you throw off your body’s ability to tell time and therefore, coordinate its functions.

In circadian disruption, immunity suffers quickly — and, as a result, one of the first systems to fail is the gut.

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Your food matters, but eating a limited diet won’t solve gut problems.

Simply avoiding the foods that cause the most symptoms is the first step to improving your gut health.

However, we can set a long-term goal: To restore your gut health so you can eat all the wonderful, natural foods that provide necessary nutrients and tastes you crave.

After all, one of the most important dietary recommendations for great gut health: Eat a diverse range of natural foods.

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Nutrient balance can have a fantastic effect on your digestion.

Proper nutrition is mission critical for every bodily function — and this is particularly true for gut health.

Without adequate nutritional balance, the gut simply cannot absorb food properly, nor turn extract energy from food.

Correcting nutritional deficiencies — which are common in poor gut health — can help your body turn food into energy for your body to use. This, in turn, powers your body to overcome challenges via better metabolism, sleep, digestion, movement, and detoxification.

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Mold can wreak havoc on the gut microbiome. 

Constant inflammation, high cortisol, and a weakened immune system — if you’re having major gut issues, it’s worth considering whether you might be (or have been) exposed to mold in your home or place of work.

Fungal issues can be at the heart of many pernicious ailments — and with mold being a fungus — getting a handle on what your immediate environment is exposing you to may be of immeasurable value.

Be prepared, modern buildings are susceptible to mold and, therefore, it can be an involved process to remediate them.

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Your immediate environment determines the quality of the air you breathe in your home and work. High exposure to chemicals (flame retardants and other chemicals from newer products) or radon indoors can overwhelm the body with toxins and directly harm your gut and whole body.

Heavy metals (mercury from broken fluorescent lights), and EMFs can affect your ability to properly digest food, as well. 

Keeping your home clean, becoming more aware of the potential issues with your home or work, and taking methodical steps to improve your environment are necessary steps to taking control over your environment.

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Exercise directly improves the health of your digestive tract.

Daily movement is critical for improving bile flow and blood flow to the gut. It also keeps the metabolism and detoxification processes humming along.  

The digestive system is like riding a bike — things must keep moving through the system or you’ll fall.  Moving daily keeps your bike moving and balanced.

Any amount or type of exercise that you can tolerate and sustain is what’s best for you. Find something doable and, preferably, that you enjoy!

If you’re open to a recommendation, swimming gentle laps is an incredible exercise for all people. Sit in a sauna afterward if you can!

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