anatomical-2261006_1920.jpgIs something wrong with your digestive system! It’s likely that you suffer from some type of digestive disorder—irritable bowel, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, reflux, gas, and other issues.

Digesting, absorbing, and assimilating all the food and nutrients we eat are critical processes for health. Our digestive system must protect us from internal toxins, bugs, and potential allergens, as well as eliminate wastes. A breakdown anywhere in this process can create illness.

Unfortunately, most of us do not recognize or know that digestive problems wreak havoc on the entire body, leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer, and more. So having a healthy gut means more than freeing yourself from the annoyance of a little bloating or heartburn! It’s central to your health as it is connected to everything that happens in your body.

That’s why I almost always start helping people treat chronic health problems by fixing their gut. Here is what I recommend:

  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods with plenty of fiber—vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
  • If you think you have food sensitivities, try an elimination diet—cut out gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, soy, and eggs for a week or two and see how your gut feels and what happens to your other symptoms.
  • Treat any infections or overgrowth of bugs like parasites, small-bowel bacteria, or yeasts.
  • Take digestive enzymes with your food.
  • Take probiotics—healthy bacteria for your internal ecosystem.
  • Take extra omega-3 fat supplements, which help cool inflammation in the gut.
  • Use gut-healing nutrients such as glutamine and zinc.

If you want to have a healthy body and brain, you’ve got to have a healthy gut! Treat your inner tube of life with the respect it deserves and use these steps to help it heal.