All right folks. It is that time of year again here in Calgary, Alberta…….it’s Calgary Stampede time and today I want to talk about the importance of digestive health. I can guarantee that gut health is not on the radar for most of us during the Calgary Stampede festivities which is why I feel it is important to discuss today.
Gut health is absolutely the most important thing we need to do focus on when dealing with overall health and well being. I truly believe it is not discussed enough and is a major miss when dealing with all of the health concerns in the world today. The gut is actually our brain! The gut is number one and it is the master communicator throughout our body. In fact, the gut is where 80% of our immunity comes from so its function and health is of utmost importance and if it is inflamed and irritated, it does not transmit the correct signals to our actual brain. Without gut health, our bodies do not function as a whole and this causes illness whether it be physical or mental/emotional. We are noticing more and more symptoms of dis-ease within our society and more chronic health issues than ever before. Simply put, we are not as healthy as we once were.
Through my research, I have found three of the top supplement companies in the country that manufacture pure and natural products that are easily absorbed by the body. Supplements are necessary to help provide our bodies with the essential nutrients it needs since we are missing many of these vital nutrients in our food. Unfortunately, in the world today, the soil our food is grow in, is contaminated, and does not carry the nutrients it once did so food can in fact heal the body but not like it used it to. In short, using organic, real, whole foods, to help heal and support the body is optimal but supplementation is required to achieve optimal nutrient absorption and achieve gut health.
The phrase “follow your gut instinct” is true! We should all be listening to how our gut actually feels everyday whether it be in life or after eating. We need to pay attention and become aware of our bodies because our bodies are designed to tell us what it needs from a place of instinct not thinking. When using holistic nutrition and functional medicine practices, the goal as a practitioner is to encourage our clients to allow the body to make decisions without our minds taking over.
If we heal the gut, we can heal the mind, body and soul. Each one of us is different and unique and requires an individualized plan in order to heal, which is why it is important to find a practitioner that you can work together with and trust. Heal the gut. Heal the body. Heal your life so that you can live the best, most inspired and vibrant life possible.