YOU ARE NOT ALONE
• Around 40% of the UK population have digestive symptoms at any one time
• 1 in 5 people have some form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• 90% of sufferers never even talk to a health care professional about it
• Digestive symptoms rank as high as the common cold for days off work
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GUT
Your body is a web-like connection of all body systems, scientists know that symptoms appearing in one area of the body may be caused by imbalances in another area. Your gut is central to all the other body systems and is crucial for optimum health.
Your gut is a super eco-system with up to 1,000 species of bacteria. There are 10 times more bacteria in the average human’s digestive system than there are cells in the entire body.
Imbalanced bacteria, where the ‘bad’ crowd out the ‘good’ may adversely affect your digestion, metabolism, inflammation, brain health and mood (the gut/brain link is well established), immunity (and autoimmunity) and – latest research indicates – weight management.
SO WHERE DOES NUTRITION COME INTO THIS?
Well, it is what we feed the little critters that matters. Feed the ‘bad’ ones junk and they may grow. Conversely, feed the ‘good’ ones fresh, whole foods and they may flourish. An overgrowth of the ‘bad’ bacteria creates a toxic environment that may affect your body in surprising ways, not limited to digestion. By normalising gut function and flora through improved diet then it is possible to have a happy, healthy digestion.
HOW I CAN HELP YOU
|The five main ways Nurturing Nutrition assesses your digestive health are:|
|1. Digestion - are you digesting and absorbing properly?
This is often overlooked and so simple to remedy. Otherwise you may be lacking vital nutrients and setting yourself up for a compromised digestive system.
|2. Intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
If your digestive function becomes compromised, partially-digested food particles pass through the intestinal walls into your blood stream, creating inflammation. Food intolerances can then develop. Further intolerances, environmental sensitivities and autoimmunity may develop if the leaky gut remains unmanaged.
Leaky gut can be made worse by poor food choices, stress, bad bacteria, environmental contaminants and medication. Food intolerances may affect your digestive health, energy levels, skin vitality, weight management and emotional wellbeing.
|3. Gut bacterial balance
Establishing healthy gut ecology is essential. Good bacteria are required for nutrient absorption, energy production and immune support. Bad bacteria produce toxins and fermentation which can lead to constipation, diarrhoea and the inflammatory immune response associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Recent research shows that the 'bad' guys are manipulative and can influence your dietary choices to ensure their survival, not your good health. This is where functional testing is key: which of the 1,000 species of bacteria may be causing your symptoms?
|4. Inflammation & Immunity
An incredible 70-80% of your immunity is in your gut. Your immune system can be weakened by an imbalance of bacteria, alongside an overload of toxins. Correcting this balance helps to optimise the 80% of the immunity that resides in your gut.
|5. Gut/brain link
Your gut has more nerve endings than your spine and more neurotransmitters than your brain. The nervous system in the gut is often referred to as the 'second brain'. It is believed that 90% of the body's neurotransmitter serotonin (our happy hormone) is located in the gut.
Considering approximately 70-90% of IBS sufferers have mood or anxiety symptoms, this is perhaps why IBS is often viewed as a psychological condition.
OPTIMISING YOUR DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Working on these five areas may positively impact your digestion, stress levels, energy, immunity, tolerance to foods and emotional wellbeing. Nurturing Nutrition can show you how. My programmes are designed to look at all your body systems and identify your underlying imbalances and deficiencies and support YOUR journey to improved health.
I can advise on specific specialised diets for gut healing such as the:
• FODMAPs diet (Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides & Polyols) used for IBS
• Anti-Candida Diet
• Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
• Gut & Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS)
These are recommended to undertake under supervision of a nutritional therapist.
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