To Restore My Health I Reconstructed The Architecture of My Inner Gut Garden to Create the Ultimate ‘Super Gut’ – Learn How I Did it!
Super Gut: Determining the most appropriate restorative and detoxification practices and diets including the Paleo diet, GAPS diet, and grain-free living to help minimize a variety of gut related disorders including IBS, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis and Leaky Gut, which in turn re-programs the immune system to provide optimal health. Part of my Super Life Formula where Super Food + Super Gut + Super Emotions + Super Scent = Super Life!
How is your Inner Health?
Are you feeling sluggish? Do you regularly get indigestion after your meals? Do you often get excess gas or stomach pain?
Are you constantly being reminded that something does not just feel right in your gut?
Hi it’s Sammi again and I know the feeling – I often felt discomfort, out of balance, constipated and experienced chronic gut pain…for years!
Do you Really Want to Get Better?
Do you want to transform these feelings?
It’s my job to help you reclaim your energy and host a strong immune system!
A super gut is truly the heart of health. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine and creator of the Hippocratic Oath, attested to this 2500 years ago when he said: “All Disease Begins In the Gut.”
Your body is a complex system made up of more than 100 trillion bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa, collectively referred to as your microbiome, which must be properly balanced and cared for if you want to maintain good health.
There are ten times as many of these microbes as there are cells in your body! And in the last few decades, there have been an enormous number of reports discussing just how crucial the microbiome is to everything happening in the body. This includes genetic expression, immune function, body weight and composition, mental health, memory, and the prevention of numerous diseases, from diabetes to cancer.
The increase in antibiotics and pharmaceutical drugs, toxic environmental chemicals, and toxic foods is a major factor in rising disease rates worldwide, due specifically to the fact that these destroy your gut flora.
It is important that we understand that out gut is a computer that monitors and activates your body’s inflammatory response, and inflammation tends to be a hallmark of most chronic diseases.
The inflammatory response starts in your gut and then travels to your brain, which subsequently sends signals to the rest of your body in a complex feedback loop. So your gut flora’s influence is far from local. It significantly affects and controls the health of your entire body.
Ulcerative Colitis And Food
From my own personal journey, I believe the three core elements we need to focus on when considering a Super Gut are Absorption, Regeneration and Detoxification.
The chemical breakdown of the food we consume starts in the mouth with our saliva activating enzymes. This is why it is so important to chew well! The food travels down through the stomach where it is broken down by hydrochloric acid. Then onto the main stage of the small intestine where most of the digestion and absorption of nutrients take place. This is where you want optimized gut flora, which is all of the essential (good) bacteria, and as little as possible of the opportunistic (bad) bacteria.
In fact, research suggests that certain anti-inflammatory microbes may be actively involved in preventing certain disease states and when they’re lacking, you end up losing this protection. The importance of a well-balanced and stocked microbiome cannot be underestimated.
It’s fascinating to think that food particles drift around the microvilli – microscopic hair-like folds of the small intestine’s membrane – where various enzymes digest the particles until they are small enough to pass through the cell membrane and into the bloodstream.
For people suffering with leaky gut, this absorption process is disrupted – so undigested proteins and vitamins go straight through to the bloodstream without being digested! Not good!
Our bodies are continuously regenerating at a cellular level. The microvilli in our intestinal tract are replaced every three days – but only when there are enough nutrients absorbed to rebuild them. So if your microvilli are damaged, it is critical to provide the correct nutrition for their repair.
Similarly, all cells in the body undergo regeneration and require essential nutrients and amino acids for that process. If the digestion doesn’t properly break down the food, these key ingredients are not available and the cells cannot regenerate, leading to many types of diseases.
Waste removal is as important as nutrition. This happens on the cellular level, through the organs like the kidneys, liver, pancreas and colon, and finally through the glandular system such as the lymphatic system.
As our western lifestyle puts an increased toxic strain on our vital organs and glands, the stomach is constantly bombarded with foods that are incompatible combinations, which leads to strain on our liver and kidneys. The pancreas also becomes swollen because it cannot find the necessary digestive enzymes to process enzyme-deficient foods (processed foods).
Facing Nutrient Absorption Head-On
Most people in our modern world are faced with the difficulty of absorbing nutrition from their food and as a result, are often left fatigued, malnourished, with difficulties concentrating, irregular bowel movements and so forth.
The microvilli of the small intestine is specifically designed to absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat. Close up, the microvilli look like millions of tiny finger-like projections.
With improper diet, the key nutrients never enter the bloodstream because the microvilli are often destroyed by salt, sugar, processed foods, bad fats, tobacco, alcohol, chemicals, medicine, pollution, and stress. The impaired microvilli break off and become ineffective.
However, it is possible to repair them by sealing off the gut lining with good fats like bone broth, avocado, olive oil, activated nuts and seeds, wild salmon and other fish, as well as fermented foods which will help to replenish good bacteria.
We can also empower ourselves to remove other toxins in our life like hidden chemicals in skincare, cosmetics, shampoos, household cleaning products as well focusing on stress-reducing activities such as yoga and meditation.
Treasure yourself, people! When I started cleaning up my life 5 years ago one of my ‘side benefits’ was the fact that I had a huge shift towards mental clarity, energy, focus, stamina and feeling a lot more grounded and present!
Gut-related Autoimmune Disorders
I discussed in Super Food how gut-related autoimmune diseases are basically a pandemic in the west. Let’s go through four of the major ones to understand more:
Ulcerative Colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large bowel and lower colon. The inflammation is caused by the immune system attacking itself, which results in intestinal bleeding, abdominal cramps, the inability to absorb nutrients, bad diarrhea, and bloody stools.
Crohn’s disease is basically the same as Ulcerative Colitis but more severe. It affects your whole digestive tract from inflammation inside the mouth down the esophagus, small intestine, stomach, large bowel, and colon.
Leaky gut is the name for the condition when food is leaking through your gut into your blood stream without being properly assimilated. The microvilli have limited functionality; there is an imbalance between good and bad bacteria, resulting in food that has not been properly broken down to go into the bloodstream. If you have undigested proteins and food particles leaking through the gut wall into the bloodstream, they are viewed as a foreign invasion which creates an autoimmune trigger response and inflammation within the bloodstream, thus pain.
Processed foods cause this because they have GMOs, additives, and preservatives that the body doesn’t recognize and is not programmed to process.
(IBS) Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not actually a ‘disease’, but rather a diagnosis based on symptoms like chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, and bloating. The underlying disorder that is causing the IBS symptoms could be any of the above, or a number of other issues. Several conditions may present similarly, including coeliac disease, fructose malabsorption, mild infections, parasitic infections like giardiasis, inflammatory bowel disease, bile acid malabsorption, functional chronic constipation, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and chronic functional abdominal pain.
Gluten Intolerance is a Key
I had been on various medications for ten years. It was buying me time to look at the root cause which was my diet, lifestyle and a whole host of toxic emotional patterns. But it was only when I adopted the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) way of life and cut out grains, gluten, starch, processed foods and refined sugar, that I became healthy.
Gluten is a protein in grains like…
– White Flour
– Whole Wheat Flour
– Durum Wheat
– Graham Wheat
– Wheat Germ
– Wheat Bran
– Most Processed and Packaged Foods
Growing up in the western world, I consumed lots of bread, cereals, and processed foods. My gut micro- biome was way out of whack at that young age and there was no way I was taking any probiotic foods or supplements to assist in maintenance for general health.
The physiology of gluten intolerance was the key. (Note you can be affected by gluten even if you don’t have coeliac disease). For many people, including myself, ingesting gluten creates a serious inflammatory response. Gluten causes gut inflammation in at least 80% of the population and another 30% of the population develops antibodies against gluten proteins in the gut. Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. If you want to know more, read this Atlantic article entitled “This is your Brain on Gluten”.
How To Start Rebuilding Your Gut Garden
To grow a good plant you need good soil. To grow your “gut garden” you need to consider a number of factors.
Here are five easy steps:
- Remove grains and starch (for a period of time 1.5 – 2 years it takes to repair the gut completely)
- Add smooth foods and broths
- Add probiotics
- Add fermented foods
- Add healthy fats
Alcohol: if you have a serious illness, you’ll need to cut it out for an extended period of time. But if you’re a normal healthy person who wants to take health to the next level, you can have a glass or two of wine a week. Also, conventional coffee is out, but I would highly recommend Bulletproof Coffee or Calmer Sutra Chai!
There is a lot more information about rebuilding your gut garden that I am going to offer you on my website, emails, blog, and programs. So stay tuned for details!
Change your Mind and Change your Gut!
It’s true! Our gut is our second brain so it makes all the sense in the world that our thoughts play a big role when it comes to relaying the foundations of our gut microbiota, microvilli and stepping into repair and regeneration mode.
Cutting our grains completely changed my life. It was contributing to inflammation all over my body. When I removed grains, I removed a layer of inflammation. I got smarter. I got happier. It was exactly what I needed.
It is exciting to see a bridge being built between the western and integrative worlds of medicine.
For example, at a 2014 International Immunonutrition workshop In Italy entitled “Eating for Preventing”, the concept of a paradigm shift in gastrointestinal management was introduced — a paradigm shift from linear cause-effect approach (typical of blockbuster drugs) to a network approach typical of Ecosystemic Complexity Management.
In other words, from drug management to management of the entire system through personalized lifestyle medicine and its four major inputs: diet, activity, stress and environment.
It is becoming clear that even western medicine is getting on the Super Food and Super Gut bandwagon!
I encourage you to take positive steps using my ‘Super Life Formula’ and not give into the ‘too hard basket’. This process is worth it and I say that from my own genuine experience. You deserve to experience the positive results that I have.
Remember, if it is important you will find the time, if not you will find an excuse!
Peace, Love, Health
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