Lesson 1: Why Gut Health is so Important

why gut health is so important

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We absorb nutrients from food via the gut

In natural medicine, there is a saying, "It's not what you eat, but what you can absorb." Feeding kids healthy foods are only part of the equation; the gut must be healthy and well functioning to absorb all the nutrients the body needs. This is essential since many of the foods kids like are not necessarily nutrient-dense, to begin with.

We eliminate waste through the gut

A healthy gut eliminates waste from the body regularly through the bowels. If elimination is not optimal, we reabsorb toxins back into the body. If your child struggles with constipation, this can lead to health problems. 

70-80% of the immune system is in the gut

Hippocrates said, "All disease begins in the gut." 70-80% of the immune system resides in the gut. When gut health is compromised, kids tend to get sick more often and have a hard time bouncing back. 

The gut affects our mental wellbeing

Studies show neurological function and mental wellness is influenced by the gut microbiome. In other words, we need healthy gut bacteria if we want to think clearly, feel happy and experience optimal mental wellbeing. 

things that harm the gut

  • Antibiotics: While antibiotics are sometimes necessary, the overuse of antibiotics can harm your health. Not only the oral antibiotics, but also the use of antibacterial soaps, wipes, and sprays. Antibiotics kill both the bad and good bacteria.
  • Chlorinated Drinking water: A necessary evil, use a good filtration system.
  • Diet: Eating a diet low in fermentable carbohydrates hinders your ability to populate your healthy gut flora. 
  • Over-the-counter medication: Especially antiacids and pain/fever reducers.
  • Refined sugar and processed foods: These foods promote the growth of bad bacteria in the gut and hinder the growth of beneficial bacteria. 
  • Toxins: Pesticides, herbicides, glyphosate, and environmental chemicals can negatively shift the microbiome.

signs of gut imbalance

  • Eczema, rashes or other skin issues
  • Congestion, mucus, and reoccurring earaches
  • Constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and stomach aches
  • Multiple food sensitivities or intolerances
  • Mood imbalance
  • Brain fog, ADD, and ADHD