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Probably you've heard somewhere along the line the quote from Hippocrates, “All Disease Begins in the Gut.”
It sounds a little “over the top,” but in many ways, it is true.
More and more information is coming out all the time, showing just how important our digestive tract is to our overall health.
First of all, before I go any further, I ask that you not “tune out” because I am going to recommend an online course in this post.
I tend to do that myself. I see that a blogger is promoting a book or a course and I just quickly skim through or click away from the post because I think “I don't want to spend money” or “Maybe I'll buy it later.”
I really encourage you to read on.
I think this information is THAT important.
I even think your life may depend on it.
I can't tell you how much I have thought about gut health over the past years.
– It all started when my son was born with Asperger's and I started reading about how autistic children tended to have damaged guts.
– Then I read more about how probiotics can help with iron deficiency (more on that later).
– Then our pastor-friend almost died from West Nile Virus because he already had a compromised gut.
See how important gut health is?
Before we go on….
Do you suffer from any of the following?
- 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
- Sleep after meals
- Stomach pains or cramps
- Chronic diarrhea
- Undigested food in stool
- Sweat with a strong odor
- Light or clay colored stools
- Food allergies
- Alternating constipation and diarrhea
- Pain between your shoulder blades
- A history of morning sickness
- Pain under right side of rib cage
- Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
- A pulse that speeds up after eating
- Crohn’s disease
- Itchy anus
- Less than one bowel movement per day
- Blood or mucus in your stool
- Excessive foul smelling lower bowel gas
- Cramping in lower abdominal region
These are all symptoms of gut imbalance / dysbiosis
Dysbiosis (or dysbacteriosis) means microbial imbalance. So gut dysbiosis means that the microbes in your gut are out of whack. There are both good and bad bacteria in your gut (and all over you, really). But in the case of dysbiosis, the bad guys outnumber the good.
Basically, if you want your whole body to be healthy, you need to get your gut in balance.
‘Cause everything comes from there. You can be feeding your family good food, but if you can't digest the food well, your body can't utilize the nutrients. Think about it—not to be crass, but if you see a bunch of undigested food in your stools, then your body sure didn't use the nutrients in the food for health.
Do You Want to Learn How to Improve Your and Your Family's Health?
Do You Want to Feel Better and Build a Real Foundation For Overall Well Being?
Who doesn't, right? I know I need all the help I can get in this arena.
I know I am saying “yes” to these questions. Are you with me?
Gut health is a really confusing topic.
I wrote a series on it recently, in which I talked about
And I am always thinking about and looking for more information about how to strengthen my body and how to help my family be healthier.
Almost always, my thoughts come back to the gut.
Gut health is crucial to your overall well-being, which is why I felt I needed to share this opportunity with you.
My friend, Lydia Shatney, is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner as well as a chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Interestingly enough, she lives in the same town where I grew up :). For some reason I feel an immediate connection with her.
Anyway, Lydia is one sharp cookie. We have talked about many health topics online and I always feel like I learn something from her. And she is always learning more and more and has such a heart to share what she knows with others to improve their health.
For 6 weeks, you can join me (yes, I will be attending) in Lydia's online gut health course.
Lydia gave me an audio file of one of her previous courses and I listened and ate up (pun intended) all the information. And there was a TON. She explained about types of probiotics our bodies need, probiotics on the market, what foods provide what types of probiotics, and how much you should take.
It's fascinating stuff.
It showed me how much more I have to learn.
I hope you'll join me in her online digestive health course.
Gut health is kind of a dinner table topic for us. I am always talking about what we could be doing to make our guts healthier.
– We've gone gluten-free, and sugar-free, my son has gone grain-free for awhile, but now we're considering the GAPS diet.
– We take probiotics (here's my post on brands I like) and are working on making our own fermented drinks and hope to start fermenting foods soon.
– We've been making more broths and are working on getting more into our diet.
Now, you have the chance to learn from someone who has a wealth of knowledge about gut health.
Here's What's Included in the Heal Your Gut Course
UPDATE! Course registration has been extended through noon PST on April 15, 2013. You can still sign up and you will get your materials on April 15.
The course runs April 10, 2013 through May 22, 2013. You’ll be able to download everything–all the lessons, handouts, and outlines–to review at your leisure and save for future reference. No need to reorganize your schedule to attend!
Week #1: Digestion 101. How it works, how it can dysfunction. Proper nutrition and diet for optimal digestive health. We’ll do a ‘Clean Up Your Diet’ exercise with information and guidance on the best place to start healing your overall digestion. We’ll also discuss how stress effects digestion and what to do about it.
Week #2: Elimination, Bowel Movements, Constipation, and Diarrhea. We will talk about how often bowels should move, what constitutes a healthy bowel movement, and we will learn an exercise to test bowel transit time and how to support constipation or diarrhea.
Week #3: Absorption. You can eat all the healthy food in the world, but if you can’t digest and absorb it you won’t be gaining what you’d hope from all your efforts! We’ll do an exercise to help you determine whether you are digesting your foods properly starting with the stomach. We’ll discuss fat digestion and how to determine if you are actually absorbing your fats adequately. There will also be suggestions for foods to use to support digestion and supplemental support as well.
Week #4: Food Sensitivities, Intolerances, and Allergies. How to do an elimination diet and feel great in a short amount of time — how to reintroduce foods systematically to find which may be problematic and which are helpful to your body.
Week #5: Probiotics. The role of probiotics, the different types of probiotics, and how to best obtain them from supplements with specific and effective probiotic supplement recommendations.
Week #6: Fermented/Cultured Foods. We'll have a fermentation expert guest on the call. We'll discuss the extraordinary health benefits of properly home fermented foods, how to get started, and why including them is critical.
Plus 2 bonus talks with guest speakers!
First of all, the info in this course is super-extensive. I couldn't believe the amount of information I got in the one audio download alone. Amazing.
Having all of this information in one place will keep you from spending hours on the internet doing searches that likely won't get you to a solid conclusion. Lydia has done the work for you and has digested (pun intended) all the information into an easy-to-understand format.
You Save Money over an “in person” conference. You don't need to travel anywhere or get a sitter. Just listen, participate and study when you can.
You get to learn in your PJ's. Or sweats. Or whatever. No need to dress up or stress about what you'll be able to eat at a convention if you're on a special diet.
Continue learning in the Private Facebook Forum where Lydia will be answering questions. What a great resource!
What a value! Honestly, for the price of all of this, you could get about
– 3-4 15-minute physician visits (if your copay is what mine is), or
– 1 visit with a natural physician.
This is sooo worth it. (And I'm really
cheap er frugal. So if I think something's worth it–it likely is.)
I have a love/hate relationship with technology, but I have to say, this kind online learning option is one of the big plusses of the tech age.
So how about it? Are you game?
Want to come and learn in your PJ's with me?
The price for all of this? $117.
I know – it sounds like a lot up front, but you are going to be armed with some tools to improve not just your health, but your whole family's health.
For a lifetime.
Register for the online course here and you can get more info there as well.
Finally, I'll be sharing more about probiotics soon. I have a post on the “best probiotics” here, but I have more in the works. Stay tuned! I plan to have a real probiotic expert come to share his wisdom!
I would love to hear your thoughts/questions and if you plan on attending with me.