After struggling for many years with gut problems I finally spent two weeks in a wonderful Health & Wellness retreat and I discovered (through several tests) the reason for all of the health issues that plagued me. I had multiple problems including, leaky gut/malabsorption, adrenal stress, lymphatic congestion, candida, a parasite, heavy metal toxicity, low B12, liver congestion, acidic body and underactive thyroid. All these problems were caused by an unhealthy gut.
It’s been nearly 6 months now and I’ve faithfully continued with a prescribed diet and supplements. My gut has healed (I’ve been re-tested), I’ve lost 15kg and I’m feeling energetic and healthy. The most noticeable change, apart from the weight loss is that my brain fog has disappeared and I have clarity of mind. This knowledge has changed my life.
I discovered this article below by Kale Brock and I wanted to share it because it took me 70 years of life to understand fully the impact of an unhealthy gut and how it caused myriad health issues for me.
These factors may be extremely instrumental in the development of such mental illnesses as depression, anxiety & mood swings as the brain becomes inflamed & less capable of processing information. In fact this has been supported with studies where researchers have administered probiotics to mice & noted striking differences in behaviour – mice who receive probiotic treatment & then experience stressful situations report less cortisol development (a stress hormone) & seem to be ‘more chilled’. Further, this experiment has been replicated in humans where probiotic treatment regularly reduces qualitative anxiety scores.
Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride goes as far as saying that is the manifestation of a gut that has become a source of instead a source of during developmental years. According to her, if the condition is treated early enough the autistic symptoms can be reversed. This opinion is supported by research that shows that autistic children are regularly found to have different gut microbes to their healthy counterparts, specifically having higher levels of microbes like .
It means that if we want to experience great mental health, then considering an approach that looks at the gut might be a good move. By taking a sensible, long-term approach such as taking probiotics regularly & eating a wholefoods, high fibre diet, both of which support gut-health, may be the key in attaining a more balanced brain.
I would also say that this research suggests that we may heighten our respect for the human body that seems to respond well to holistic treatment available from nature. As science continues to uncover the of disease & the microbiome, & how we can pinpoint specific bugs for specific conditions, expect huge improvements in the symptom-based approach of western medicine.
But also expect some interesting products entering the market from big-pharma…because you can’t patent naturally occurring microbes ?
About Kale Brock
Kale Brock is an award-nominated journalist, researcher & professional speaker. With qualifications as a Health & Exercise coach, Kale has worked in the health and wellness industry since 2007 alongside some of the best naturopaths and health personalities in Australia. Now specialising in the areas of gut health & the microbiome, Kale shares a well-rounded & comprehensive message on these areas to the general public.
Below are some suggestions for books and URL links that I’ve found useful in the healing of my gut and my health. These are not part of this article.The Good Gut Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long Term Health By:Justin;Sonnenburg, Erica; Sonnenburg
The Body Ecology Diet Book by Donna Gates Dr. Axe https://draxe.com/4-steps-to-heal-leaky-gut-and-autoimmune-disease/ Link to Article by Dr. Bush on Restore for Gut Health