If there was one area of health that you could work on to boost your energy, sharpen your mind, speed up your metabolism, and make your joints more comfortable, would you do it?
The gastrointestinal tract (or gut) is powerfully influential to health due to its location, its vital role in nutrition, and because it is home to 70% of your immune system and trillions of health-promoting bacteria called the microbiota. When your gut is healthy, it sets off a domino effect- improving many other systems in your body as well.
Disease or imbalance in the gut can cause bloating, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea. But that’s not all. It can lead to weight gain, depression, poor memory, fatigue, and more. That’s why integrative and functional medicine practitioners all over the world treat the gut first when they want to improve a patient’s overall health.
Improve your gut health and watch the benefits pour in.
Get all of the important vitamins and minerals needed for plentiful energy, beautiful skin, and a clear and collected mind. Every cell in your body will be at peak performance.
Boost the Immune System
The gut is your largest immune organ. When your gut and friendly bacteria are healthy, it’s easy to fight off harmful infections and viruses. A damaged gut lining, known as “leaky gut,” can allow harmful molecules into the bloodstream, crippling the immune system and igniting inflammation. When leaky gut is resolved and the gut is healthy, it helps prevent autoimmune diseases that can harm the thyroid, joints, or brain.
Cool Off Inflammation
Turn off inflammation and say goodbye to joint pain, obesity, and heart disease. Calming down inflammation is one of the best things you can do to fight disease and improve your overall health.
Power Up Brain Function
The gut makes huge amounts of vital mood chemicals called neurotransmitters. That’s why it is called the “second brain.” Neurotransmitters keep you happy, calm, alert, and sleeping peacefully. With a healthy gut, you’ll notice clearer thinking, improved focus, and better memory.
Turn on Metabolism
Lose weight, feel lighter, and crush your workouts. When your gut and your beneficial bacteria are healthy, it improves metabolism, boosts energy, and lowers your blood sugar.
Get Rid of Toxins
A healthy gut helps you effectively get rid of the toxins you are exposed to everyday. Healthy detoxification increases energy, brain function and neuromuscular health. It gives you a good, healthy feeling and creates beautiful, clear skin. Get rid of unwanted toxins to prevent cancer and to promote general good health.
Optimize your gut health so you can feel, look, and perform your best!
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Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS, is a researcher, author, educator, and laboratory consultant. She studied medicinal plants in the rain forests of Panama as a Fulbright Scholar and then launched a career in science and natural medicine. Early on, she studied ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, and drug discovery at the University of Georgia and AptoTec, Inc. She joined innovators at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory as a medical education consultant helping clinicians use integrative and functional laboratory results in clinical practice. She owns Health First Consulting, LLC, a medical communications company with the mission to improve human health using the written word. Ms. Nelson-Dooley is an oral microbiome expert and author of Heal Your Oral Microbiome. She was a contributing author in Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She has published case studies, book chapters, and journal articles about the oral microbiome, natural medicine, nutrition, laboratory testing, obesity, and osteoporosis.