In recent years, there has been extensive literature pointing to gut health as an important aspect of general health. The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, stated, “All diseases begin in the gut”. It is safe to say that an imbalanced digestive system is the root cause or at least a huge contributor to many diseases and symptoms. This also means that all health begins in the gut, so restoring gut health should be the first step taken toward better health.
THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM ROADMAP
The digestive system is responsible for the breakdown of the food you put into your body. It absorbs nutrients into the bloodstream that are necessary for energy, growth, and cell repair. Therefore, a nutrient-dense diet does no good if digestion and absorption are inadequate.
Your gut (digestive system) is also the home of 70-80% of the immune system, as it is your body’s first encounter with the outside world.
When we eat foods that cause inflammation or chronic stress in our body, it triggers an immune response causing inflammation in the intestine as a method of protecting itself. Unmanaged, digestive inflammation increases intestinal permeability, leading to leaky gut and autoimmune diseases.
Numerous studies now show that up to 90% of all diseases can be traced back to the gut microbiome. The gut is responsible for housing the microbiome. The gut’s microbiome is similar to the Earth’s ecosystems as the bacteria interact with one another within a community. These bacteria play a role in boosting immunity, keeping our digestive systems running smoothly, balancing hormones, and maintaining healthy brain function. The digestive system produces serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Gut-friendly bacteria play a significant role in assisting and managing neurotransmitter activity, which makes them natural antidepressants and anti-anxiety organisms.
HOW CAN YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUT?
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy digestive system is to exercise regularly. Your gut thrives when in motion, so a walk around the block and a few HIIT workouts during the week are great methods of moving your digestive system naturally.
Take a Daily Probiotic
Probiotics are essential for restoring good bacteria in the body and weeding out the bad bacteria that can cause a number of diseases. Find a probiotic that is formulated to promote a healthy GI tract and even boost your immune system. Probiotics are live organisms and must be shelf-stable through the expiration date, so they can be precisely delivered to the intestinal tract for maximum benefit.
Introduce a Healthier Diet
There are several ways to take care of your gut, but eating a balanced diet is perhaps the most important. Your gut is immediately affected by what you put into your body, therefore, it is important to fuel your digestive system with the right nutrients that can allow your gut to thrive! Bananas are a great source of fiber which is essential for allowing food to easily move through your digestive tract. Adding garlic to your diet is another great way to enhance a healthier gut. Garlic has antibacterial and antifungal properties and these are important for keeping the “bad” bacteria out of your gut. Ginger has a unique role in the gut as it helps produce stomach acid which assists in the breakdown of your food. It can be added to stir-fry dishes, smoothies, or your morning tea!
As a general rule of thumb: eating a balanced diet means engaging all of your necessary nutrients in controlled portions throughout the day. 3 meals a day, 2 snacks, and LOTS of water!
Manage your Stress
Stress can greatly affect the way in which your gut breaks down and digests food properly. So be sure you are managing your stress by getting plenty of rest, exercising, and even consider introducing yoga or meditation into your daily routine. Stress management is key to a healthy, regularly moving GI tract and can lower your risk of long-term issues with your digestive system overall.
HOW CAN PCA BENEFIT MY GUT?
Protocatechuate (PCA) is a naturally occurring ingredient, found in nature and our everyday diet. PCA has been researched in the medical literature and has been considered a viable source for the following FIVE MAJOR HEALTH BENEFITS: antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & broad-spectrum antibiotic. Following credible, evidence-based research conducted at two independent contract laboratories, 18 US Patents have been granted to Head Researcher & Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Johnson that represents the antimicrobial & general health benefits of PCA.
Dr.J RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS – FOR A HEALTHIER GUT!
TOTAL WELLNESS + PCA
Total Wellness + PCA is a universal supplement taken twice daily to maintain overall health and wellness. Each supplement is made with the multi-patented, naturally occurring ingredient called Protocatechuate (PCA). PCA contains several benefits that are vital to your body’s health and wellness including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Collagen synthesis, wound-healing & scar reduction properties have been shown in laboratory studies and resulted in the granting of 18 US Patents.
ESSENTIAL ADVANCED PROBIOTICS
Dr. J’s Natural Essential Advanced Probiotics is a daily probiotic supplement to help nourish and support your body’s gut health. With 10 strains of Microflora, this supplement aims to boost your immune system. Probiotics have been extensively studied and are characterized as having broad GI and immune benefits. Probiotics are live organisms and must be shelf-stable through the expiration date, so they can be precisely delivered to the intestinal tract to have maximum benefit. Help support a healthier gut with Dr. J’s Essential Advanced Probiotics!
ESSENTIAL DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
Optimize your nutrient intake, help your body digest food and unlock nutritional value with Dr. J’s Natural Essential Digestive Enzymes! Its unique blend of enzymes and advanced formula provides natural enzymes in capsule form and helps to promote intestinal microbial balance. With this supplement, your body will be able to better break down fats, carbs, and protein, leading to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Looking for an all-in-one formula for your cleansing needs? We’ve got you covered! To decrease bloating and body fat, Dr. J’s Natural Simple Detox will help get rid of harmful, residual toxins that remain in your gut. This supplement is also formulated to enhance the absorption of vital nutrients and is used as a powerful detox for the liver, kidneys, and colon.