If you've been around here for awhile, you know that I really.really.really (did I say “really”?) care about gut health.
It's been a huge focus in our household over the years, mainly centering on my struggle with candida and adrenal fatigue, and my son's struggle with life threatening food allergies and Asperger's Syndrome.
I'm really convinced that, as Hippocrates' said, “All Disease Begins in the Gut.” Well, truth is, there is a lot going on besides the gut, but I think that the gut is one of the most important places to start for overall health.
But how important is it–really?
Let's find out together, shall we?
So let's think about this for a minute.
Suppose that, on a regular basis, you have
– Belching or gas within one hour of eating
– Heartburn or acid reflux
– Bloating within one hour of eating
– Bad breath
– A sense of excess fullness after meals
– Feel Sleepy after meals
– Have Stomach pains or cramps
– Undigested food in stool
– Sweat with a strong odor
– Food allergies
– Alternating constipation and diarrhea
– A history of morning sickness
– Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
– Crohn's disease
– Itchy anus
– Cramping in lower bowel region
– Less than 1 bowel movement per day, or constipation
– Light or clay-colored stools
– History of morning sickness
– Crohn's disease
– Itchy anus
– Excessive foul smelling lower bowel gas
– Cramping in lower abdominal region…..
All of these can be signs that something isn't quite right in your innards.
But so what? What if your digestive system isn't working quite right. Is that really a big deal?
Yepperoonies it is.
It's a massive deal.
Think about it. If food is your body's fuel and you get at the fuel (calories, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients) by digesting the food, when you aren't digesting it right, your body isn't getting what it needs.
So your body malfunctions.
How does it malfunction and how bad can it get?
First of all, you can check out these other posts on gut health:
– Some Things I Bet You Didn't Know about Your Gut
– My Childhood and 5 Causes of Gut Dysbiosis
– Why I Don't Have Fermented Foods on My Blog
– The “Straight Poop” about Probiotics (What Works and What Doesn't)
Even though I've learned that much, I still wanted to learn more.
I decided to poke around the internet to see just what conditions are linked to gut dysbiosis (imbalance). And believe me–it ain't good folks. Check out this frightening list.
Gut Dysbiosis (Imbalance) Can Lead to:
1. Auto Immune Diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Hashimoto's, etc.) Source
2. Systemic Candida (yeast) Infections (see notes below)
3. Poor Brain Function – Source
4. Poor Emotional Health – Source
5. Obesity – Source
6. Weakened Immune System – Source
7. And eventually–Death.
So what's a person to do?
Well, Heal Your Gut, of course!
But it's easier said than done.
I know. I've spent hours and hours perusing the internet, and talking with natural practitioners, trying to make sense of all that there is to read about gut health, probiotics, digestive enzymes, fermented foods. Seems like everyone has a different idea about what is good. And what isn't. What will heal your gut and what will damage it further.
I feel like what I really need is a crash course in gut health.
Well, like I said, if you've been around here for awhile, you know that not only do I care about gut health a lot, but I also have a friend who has just that.
(Note—I am a VERY proud affiliate of this course. If you register after clicking on my link I will make a commission. Your price remains the same but your support keeps this free resource up and running – thanks much!)
A Crash Course in Gut Health by my friend, Lydia Shatney.
She's offered it before and each time the response has been overwhelming. Because folks know what a big deal this is.
So it's back again, but it's coming up soon. I wanted to promote it earlier, but I was swampola-ed with stuff, so here I am with a sweet deal for you. Lydia has been kind enough to offer you all a (UPDATED INFO ON THE COURSE) $50 discount through 2/17/14). So you get the whole course for only $199! (the course starts on March 5, 2014 but since it's a “study when you want” kind of deal, you can start on the 17th and not miss a beat.
**UPDATE! With every course purchased, I will throw in a Soap Nuts Sampler so you can try out my favorite way to do laundry. You can read more at “Why I Don't Make Laundry Detergent.” and you know that I LOVE DIY stuff with a passion. **
I know–you don't come up with $127 just by giving up one latte. But believe me, this course is WORTH IT! Think about how much you would spend going to a natural medical practitioner and spending hours talking about gut health. This is what you are getting. Not just lectures, but personal interaction with Lydia, who is a Nutritional Therapist.
PLUS**- This course will NEVER be this price again. It's going up the next time it's offered. So if you can swing it, NOW is the time :).
The Heal Your Gut Course is:
1. 17 Self-Paced Lessons (that means–you can study in your PJs, whenever you want to) that will guide you to heal your gut.
And you not only get these information-packed segments, you also get:
2. Unlimited access to the lessons (so no fretting if this time isn't that great for you or if you're super busy)
3. Private Group Support that is moderated by the instructor. And Lydia really does come by and answer your questions. Regularly.
4. Bonus Materials
5. Menu Plans
– and More
**UPDATE – The next course is starting on March 5. You can register now for $199, which is $50 off the regular price.
And Check out the 5 Super-Informative Topics that ‘Heal Your Gut‘ Will Cover:
- Healthy Elimination (Bowel Movements)
Maybe you’ve heard that “Death begins in the colon”. Well it’s critical to have healthy bowel movements daily to keep wastes from wreaking havoc on your health. It is really, really important not to go more than 24-36 hours without having a bowel movement (yikes!). Did you know that constipation affects up to 28% of Americans? (I suspect that percentage is much higher).Learn how to get your bowels working optimally on a daily basis, and watch your entire health improve as well. (Read: Are You Constipated? Tips To Keep Things Moving for more info).
- Food Sensitivities, Intolerances & Allergies
Approximately 10 to 20 percent of people have food sensitivities (I personally think it's more than that). Food sensitivity reactions, called “delayed hypersensitivity reactions” and in the past called “serum sickness,” occur when IgA, IgG and IgM antibodies are triggered in response to foods, chemicals, and bacterial toxins. The most common antibody reactions are IgG reactions to mold and foods since exposure to molds and foods is quite high compared to pollens.These IgA, IgM and IgG responses are called “delayed” sensitivity reactions because the symptoms they cause can take from several hours to several days to appear. This makes it very difficult to track down the offending food or substance.Learn why food sensitivities often occur, how to test for them, and how to eliminate problematic foods. Most everyone alive today has several food sensitivities–unaware that they could be hampering their health.
- Fermented Cultured Foods & Probiotics
Fermented foods can aid with digestion every step of the way. Fermentation offers immense health benefits, such as; Probiotics, Enzymes, Beneficial Strains of Yeasts, Easily Assimilated & Enhanced nutrients – such as vitamins and minerals, Beneficial acids, Predigesting/Breaking down foods for easier assimilation as well as neutralizing the harmful aspects of the given food. They also help with preserving the harvest–you get fresh food year round. The bioavailability of nutrients in our food is improved by the fermentation process. Bioavailability is how available nutrients are for our bodies to absorb. Fermented foods allow nutrients to be more easily absorbed as they essentially predigest the food for us.I'll teach you the basics on how to get started with proper anaerobic fermentation.Finding the right probiotic supplement can be tricky. I'll teach you why you may need to supplement, what some of the best probiotics are, and how to implement probiotics. (Read: Probiotics 101 for a some of the material that will be covered in this course).
- Holistic Treatment Options For Candida
Did you know that 1/3 of the world’s population is affected by candidiasis? (I think it's more.) Candida is a fungal infection of a fungi that belongs to the yeast family–which is why it is commonly called a” yeast infection.” Candida is found in most everyone (in our guts and vaginal cavities) and in small amounts should still allow a person to be in good health. Normally, it's controlled by good microbes and causes no complications. It’s when the yeast gets out of control, or one goes on antibiotics or is on the birth control pill that candida can grow and get out of hand if not treated properly.Take this Candida Questionnaire if you feel candida is an issue you need to tackle. In this course, Lydia will cover a safe approach to treating candida with food and supplements.
- How To Heal Leaky Gut – What Supplements To Use.
Anything that can overstimulate the pores in the lining of the gut and keep them open too long is said to cause leaky gut. Things like food allergies, alcoholism, Celiac Disease, certain drugs, Giardia and other parasites, Intensive illnesses, Malnutrition, Pancreatitis and many more!Learn how to find out if you have a leaky gut, why you have it, and how to heal it.
I, myself, am working through the material–but truthfully (not that I would ever NOT be truthful) I haven't finished. Things have been simply waaay too busy around here. So I've had to take it slower than I'd planned. Good thing I have Unlimited Access to the material, just like you will if you register to study along with me :).
You will learn more about all of these 5 topics and MUCH MORE in this amazingly insightful course (see the course outline here). Plus, you get access to a Private Facebook Group for further support from both myself and others on the same journey to health! Not on Facebook, that's okay–you can ask your questions on the site after any lesson and I'll be sure to answer them. Don't miss this discounted price (with code NEWMOM) good through October 17th!
So there you have it, readers. You really need to consider taking this course. I assure you, you won't regret it. I know folks who considered themselves to be “really up” on gut health and they were bowled over by the material that Lydia presents.
You will be impressed too.
Feel free to ask any questions you have. I can answer myself or have Lydia drop by to answer.
Join me in PJ's with a cuppa coffee substitute and let's learn together. And move (for now) away from death and on–to better health :).
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