All disease begins in the gut..
Hippocrates famously declared, and this is why determining the health of your Gastro-Intestinal Tract is often the basis of my initial consults. If you experience digestive symptoms such as bloating, increased flatulence and belching, constipation or diarrhoea; you may have dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract). What does this have to do with your health? Everything! The gut can affect amongst others;
- Immunity: We also have immune cells located in the lining of our digestive tract called GALT – gut associated lymphatic tissue. This is often referred to as the immune system’s brain. GALT is the largest area of lymphatic tissue (immune tissue) is our body and helps control our immune response throughout the entire body, even producing many of our immune cells. As 90% of our pathogens enter the body via the gastrointestinal tract, it makes sense that the majority of our immune system is located there. Supporting immune health requires that we look after the health of this immune barrier, regardless of digestive symptoms.
-Our Brain function-Emerging research has discovered that the gut and the brain impact each other quite significantly; in fact they are formed from the same tissue in-utero. The mechanisms of signal transmission between the gut and brain include neural, endocrine, immune and metabolic pathways - ie the gut can directly affect our mental health.
-Our Hormones- our digestive system is one of the main methods our body uses for waste excretion. If we are therefore not regularly emptying our bowels then this can affect our hormone levels as constipation can result in recycling and reabsorption of oestrogen from the digestive tract, which in turn can lead to conditions such as oestrogen dominance.
- Our skin health. Likewise, as per above, if our digestive system is blocked up then the body is forced to try to excrete wastes from other avenues, and this can be a real culprit when looking at body acne. Furthermore, if our digestive system is inflamed, and not adequately absorbing nutrients, then this lack of nutrients can be seen through sallow skin, brittle nails and dull hair.
So, if you feel like your need some digestive support, don't hesitate to book in a consult so we can work together through a combination of integrative testing, dietary and lifestyle adjustments and herbal medicine to get you back to robust health.