“All Disease Begins In The Gut.” -Hippocrates

The bodily process of digestion and absorption is one of the most important to our health. Hippocrates made this statement over two thousand years ago and it is truer today than ever.

What are the signs of unhealthy digestion?

  • Acid reflux
  • Throat and nose issues (clearing throat, runny nose, etc.)
  • Gas/bloating
  • Inflammation anywhere in the body
  • Skin disorders anywhere on the body
  • Negative reactions to food
  • Loose stools or constipation

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A Tale of Two Brains: How Your Second Brain Is Key To Understanding Many Chronic Illnesses

A Tale of Two Brains: How Your Second Brain Is Key To Understanding Many Chronic Illnesses

Not many people realize they have two brains. Yes, you read that right. And your second brain may have more to do with your health that you ever imagined.

We tend to think of our brain as the command center from which all physiological functions stem. But there is another intelligence in your body that you may not realize… and its importance to your health may be the key you’re looking for when searching for the cause of chronic illness and even mental health issues. (more…)

Where to Begin With Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Concern about autism is growing as the number of affected individuals has surged in recent years, either due to an actual increase, an expanded definition or a greater awareness and thus more frequent diagnosis. Often a debilitating condition, autism is the most common syndrome among a group of related conditions, known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ASDs are characterized by fundamental impairments in social interactions, severe communication and language deficits, and the presence of restricted or repetitive behaviors, and are now thought to be as prevalent as 0.6 to 1.2 percent.(1) Some autistic children are not able to make significant progress, and may always remain non-verbal and socially withdrawn, and most remain dependent on parents or others through adulthood.(2) This may be improving somewhat, however, and a small number of those with ASDs are able to live independently and establish relationship and educational goals, particularly those without severe intellectual disabilities.(3) (more…)

MIGRAINES AND OTHER HEADACHES

Migraines often result from dietary inadequacies.  Dietary inadequacies can result from diets deficient in particular nutrients or from metabolic errors.  A full 80 to 90 percent of all migraine patients in one study tested positive for food allergies.  The best remedy for food allergies is to correct improper gut function. (more…)

Heal your gut with the amino acid l-glutamine

With chemical additives, excessive gluten consumption, over prescription of antibiotics and more, the integrity of our gut lining is weakened further with each passing year. It’s no wonder that digestive disorders and their accompanying deficiencies are more common than ever before. Healing the gut lining restores your body’s ability to build a strong immune system and to produce those feel-good neurotransmitters in the right amounts. Evidence points to the amino acid l-glutamine as a natural means for restoring the integrity of the gut lining and for once again putting digestive wellness within your grasp. (more…)

Simple Steps to Heal Modern Exhaustive Disease

Modern exhaustive diseases such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and are estimated to affect more about seven million US citizens. These syndromes are variously diagnosed, but always include depleted physical function, weakness, exhaustion and general malaise. Sleep deprivation(ironic as that sounds) is not uncommon. Natural treatments for modern exhaustive diseases are highly effective. For the person who understands how the body becomes depleted, the path back to full health is possible and likely.

Other symptoms of modern exhaustive disease include feeling tired for more than one day after physical or mental exertion, forgetfulness, generalized pain and aches, feeling tired  after sleeping, pain and stiffness in joints or their surrounding tissues without swelling or redness, swollen or tender lymph nodes under arms, headaches of a new type, sore throat, visual disturbances, night sweats/chills, irritable bowel, dizziness and psychological symptoms.

Why Fermented Foods May Be the Next Big Antidepressant

Gut microbes may influence your behavior.

Recent research is starting to catch up to what Donna Gates has been teaching through the Body Ecology Diet for the last fifteen years! Science now suggests that the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract may have a great influence on your brain activity.

In the past 10-15 years, we have seen a growing interest in microbiology. It turns out that bacteria are responsible for many mechanisms in the body. So far, we know that symbiotic microbes in our gastrointestinal tract (1):

  • Synthesize vitamin K and important B vitamins.
  • Communicate with and regulate the immune system.
  • Play a role in reducing inflammation both in the gastrointestinal tract and in other areas of the body.
  • Detoxify heavy metals from the body.
  • Help digest food.
  • Promote gut motility.
  • Help heal and protect the lining of the gut. (more…)

How Lactobacillus Rhamnosus Promotes Digestive Healing

It has long been understood that various friendly flora are vital to a healthy balance of power within your digestive tract.  Part of this is a simple numbers game wherein you need enough of the friendly types to keep other types in lower numbers. Such friendly flora work hand-in-glove with fiber to assist digestive processes, produce vitamins, and clear toxic waste. There is a lot going on, with various types of bacteria performing various functions. A new study has demonstrated how one strain of friendly flora helps heal the lining of your digestive tract1. (more…)

Digestive Problems Can Cause Anxiety and Depression

It has long been known that stress can wreak havoc with your digestive tract. Two new studies are proving that the sword cuts both directions. Problems in your digestive tract can wreak havoc in your brain, causing anxiety and depression.

Researchers have observed that around 15% – 20% of people struggle with recurring pain or discomfort in their upper abdominal area and these people are also more likely to be anxious or depressed. It is typical that their digestive problems were present in early childhood, prior to the onset of psychological struggles. These observations led Stanford University researchers1 to conduct an experiment to see if gut problems could be causing mood problems. (more…)