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A healthy gut equals a healthy life

Like most people, you may have an opinion as to what creates a state of general health and well-being for yourself.  And, like most people, you may not realize how important the state of your intestinal health is in staying healthy and avoiding disease.

Digestive health is the linchpin for overall health. However, if the intestines become inflamed, the gut can often become the focal point for immune dysfunction. Intestinal inflammation can be the result of bacteria, yeast overgrowth or food allergies. This inflammation can lead to a state of intestinal fermentation causing bloating, gas and constipation.

Other indications that your intestinal health may not be functioning correctly include:

  • Indigestion

  • Fatigue

  • Allergies

  • Inability to lose weight

  • Heartburn

Constipation is the worst thing that can happen to a body.  If a person cannot “poop out” the toxins that are accumulating in the gut, these toxins will get reabsorbed. Serious disease can result if this waste accumulation is combined with low-level infection and genetic predisposition.

Some inflammatory conditions associated with the disruption of intestinal health include:

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Inflammatory joint pain

  • Psoriasis

  • Chronic hives

Naturopathic medicine relies on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) rarely see an unhealthy person with a healthy gut, thus lending credence to the old naturopathic adage “when in doubt, treat the gut.” Valerie Phillips, ND, is a naturopath and recent graduate of Bastyr University, one of the world’s leading academic centers for education, research and clinical service in the natural health arts and sciences. Dr. Phillips recently opened her practice in the Atwater Village district of Los Angeles.

She recommends the following to heal the intestines, increase nutrient absorption and improve general well-being:

  1. Discover and avoid food allergens and intolerances.

  2. Enhance your digestive capacity with supplementing enzymes and/or acids to help with the breakdown of food.

  3. Include aloe vera juice and glutamine in your diet to provide nutrients that will support the intestinal lining.

  4. Treat constipation. Because constipation can be caused not only by the foods a person eats, but also by muscular habit, measures such as colonics, enemas, and bowel retraining may be necessary. A person should have a bowel movement at least once per day.

These recommendations by Dr. Phillips can help restore your digestive health to being the epicenter of your good health and well-being. 


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