Many Americans suffer from a wide range of digestive disorders — from Acid Reflux, or GERD, (affects 100 million Americans) Irritable Bowel Disease (affects 1 out of 5 Americans), Gas, Bloating, Irregularity, Diverticulitis, etc. As I have spent more time attending health conferences, researching, reading, and spending time listening to the Nutritionist on our team help other people- I have learned a great deal about the importance of getting our gut healthy.
If you are like me and have suffered from one of these, you know how painful and uncomfortable it can be- especially having to RUN to the bathroom PRONTO!! Random story- one time I had to use the bathroom so bad and of course we were driving in the middle of nowhere. I stopped into a little ice cream shop and asked to use the bathroom. She asked if I was buying anything??! Geesh! Sometimes you just have to go! Regardless I was able to go, and was forced to buy some ice cream! :0 Thankfully by diet and supplement changes, my digestion and urgency to use the bathroom has improved greatly. Sam’s has too! (check out some testimonies at the end).
A few facts about our gut…
80% of our immune system is in our gut. By getting our gut realigned it helps boost our immune system that can improve symptoms experienced throughout our body like asthma and allergies (even autism). If you have never heard about the GAPS diet read here to learn more about how changes in diet and supplementation can help improve children with psychological conditions!
“Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS)™ is a condition which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. This term was created by Dr Natasha Campbell–McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition) in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD⁄ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.” (source)
There’s an old saying that goes, “death begins in the colon”. Keeping the colon clean helps keep bad bacteria in check and allows good bacteria to flourish. Good bacteria must be in the colon to restore good health (see probiotics below).
Some scientist even call our gut our “second brain!”
This is a great article to read about how symptoms in our body (such as autoimmune diseases, headaches, not being able to lose weight- are often treated by healing the gut!! You must read this!! Here is a section of what the article says,
“In the West our increased use of vaccinations and antibiotics and enhancements in hygiene have lead to health improvements for many. Yet these same factors have dramatically changed the ecosystem of bugs in our gut, and this has a broad impact on health that is still largely unrecognized.
There are trillions of bacteria in your gut and they collectively contain at least 100 times as many genes as you do. The bacterial DNA in your gut outnumbers your own DNA by a very large margin. This bacterial DNA controls immune function, regulates digestion and intestinal function, protects against infections, and even produces vitamins and nutrients.
When the balance of bacteria in your gut is optimal this DNA works for you to great effect. For example, some good bacteria produce short chain fatty acids. These healthy fats reduce inflammation and modulate your immune system. Bad bugs, on the other hand, produce fats that promote allergy and asthma, eczema and inflammation throughout your body.”
A new study in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice shows that microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract form an intricate, living fabric of natural controls affecting body weight, energy, and nutrition. The findings may offer new ideas on how to treat nutrition-related maladies, including obesity and a range of serious health consequences linked to under-nutrition, the scientists said.
Often times realigning the gut can help clear up symptoms throughout the whole body.
The factors that cause an unhealthy gut are…
–Candida. Candida effects a lot of woman! Some symptoms include being tired, depressed, headaches, migranes, and irritanbility. 75% of women have had a yeast problem at some point in their lives.
Yeast is a natural part of our skin, intestines, and for women (vagina), but often eating unhealthy foods, antibiotics, stress, toxins in the environment, and certain medications causes yeast to overgrow. For some people it gets so bad that it can cause leaky gut- and leak out into the rest of your body. There have even been links to mental illness and being caused from leaky gut entering in the bloodstream and traveling to the brain.
(info taken from here)
To read more about candida check out this document: candida.
Shaklee provides amazing supplements to help heal the gut- probiotics, garlic, and multivitamin to help detoxic and get rid of the yeast).
–Acidic Environment- As we all know, our bodies are composed of mostly water. We can measure the level of acid in our bodies using a PH scale. A lot of sickness can be traced back to an acidic environment- caused by eating acidic producing foods- pop, sugar, meats, refined carbs, etc. A body that has a proper PH balance allows good health/ immune system, and protection against diseases. Having too much acid in our bodies leads to a variety of health complications.
*Antibiotics and medications– these kill the good bacteria in your gut causing digestive issues.·
*Lack of probiotics.. (the natural healthy friendly bacteria essential to the gut),
* Acid-suppressing medications
*Undigested & partially digested food, especially certain proteins, (because you are not breaking down your food properly)
* Wheat and genetically-modified grains (see Wheat Belly by William Davis,) Diary is also often hard for the majority of people to digest. Wheat Belly talks about how wheat has changed DRASTICALLY over the years and is no longer the same as what it once was- wheat is modified and changed creating lots of issues in our bodies- especially with inflammation. Inflammation leads to so many problems we have- arthritis, allergies, asthma, etc.
* Sugar and refined carbohydrates
How to Built a Healthy Gut
Eat more alkaline foods (lots of veggies- alfalfa!) Ideal diet — Increase vegetables (6 to 9 a day) reduce or eliminate sugar and refined carbohydrates (bread, salty snacks). If intestines are particularly inflamed or damaged, may want to start with cooked vegetables and soups. Also many of my customers have benefited greatly from being on supplements- especially probiotics.
Optiflora Probiotic—Optiflora is also essential for the immune system because 80% of immunity resides in the gut. Helps prevent lower intestinal gas, bloating, irregularity, etc. Important to take after an antibiotic.
*Shaklees triple encapsulation to withstand the acidtic environment of the stomach- many probiotics are killed too quickly and are thus ineffective.
Garlic- Helps kill candida! Garlic is traditionally used for its anti-bacteria, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. People often take it to reduce symptoms of allergy, asthma, colds, flu, sinus infections, yeast infections, diarrhea and flatulence. It also has heart protective properties of lowering elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels! (Cooking garlic kills all the good properties- it needs to be raw!)
Protein-Meal Shakes-They provide 19 essential vitamins and minerals, and they’re a rich source of calcium and an excellent source of protein — the fundamental nutrients that growing kids and teens need to stay strong and healthy.
Alfalfa– Great for digestion, Alkaline food, Many fruits/veggies average 1-10 units Alkaline, Alfalfa is 130 alkaline units! Great for chronic indigestion, ulcers, acid reflux, and constipation!
Mighty Smarts — fish oil capsules… not only are Omega 3 Fatty acids good for the heart and circulation, they significantly reduce inflammation … which often occurs in the intestines causing gas, bloating, pain, irregularity.
Herb-Lax– An original Dr. Shaklee formula, Herb-Lax contains an enhanced prioprientary blend, including Senna leaf, which has been used for thousands of years as a natural laxative, plus other complementary herbs.
Stomach Soothing Complex —Great natural alternative to tums!! A combination of herbs peppermint and ginger that relieve queasy stomach and motion sickness… and soothe a nervous stomach- great for morning sickness.
A friend’s daughter was on miralax and struggled so often to poop that they even had to do enemas periodically!! After 2 days of being on shaklee probiotics she was had normal poops!
I had a customer suffering from serious GI issues. It all started from having some pretty intense stomach pain/cramps and they were only able to have a bm (bowel movement) once every four days! Well, after a couple of months of this, they broke down and went to the doctor and he gave them a list of over the counter probiotics to try (see pic) . After several weeks of this not helping, at all, they went back to the doctor. They did an x-ray and found that their intestines were 50% backed up, yes… 50%!!! So, the doctor then wrote them two prescriptions for probiotics and sent them on their way. Another two weeks passed and they still had very little relief. Their doctor then suggested that they schedule an appointment with a GI specialist to have further tests done, including an endoscopy, no fun!! In the mean time, I told them about Shaklee’s “Optiflora Probiotic” (in the bottom picture. good things come in small packages :)) which, unlike other probiotics that may disintegrate too early and never make it to the lower intestine, Optiflora’s triple encapsulated, seamless capsule is guaranteed to withstand the acidic environment of the stomach to deliver live beneficial bacteria to the intestine. They decided to try it, thank goodness!! After 4 days…. no more pain and is now able to have a bm, everyday!! Yet another reason why I love Shaklee!!!
I have IBS, doc found I have two loop d loops in large intestines, probably genetic. Doctor was very surprised that I can keep any problems under control. Use probiotic, Shaklee180 smoothee in the a.m. and EZgest for anything I know causes issues. Very few problems. The 180 smoothees help a lot. Sometimes I double up on the probiotic too.
About a month ago I let you know that Stephanie’s disease had flared again and that the fistula in her colon had opened. The doctor’s gave her two options: surgery or try one more strong drug that has side affects and is very expensive. I had been researching natural alternatives for a few months and had found Shaklee food supplements as a possible way to help Stephanie without the drastic measure the doctors wanted to take. I had Stephanie listen to some testimonies of others with crohn’s disease that had chosen to try the Shaklee food supplements and had fantastic results. Together Stephanie and I decided we have to try these before anything else. We had her blood work done, and her white and red blood cell count is fine. She is a little anemic. But what is amazing is a month ago her CRT protein count which shows inflammation was at 180 way high. Today that count was 70 just above normal. All this in just 30 days of good natural supplements (not synthetic vitamins). We are so happy we have found a more natural way to heal and restore health to Stephanie.
If you would like any additional information on Crones, acid reflux, irritable bowl, etc. I have a bunch of documents I can send you! Please let me know how I can help! firstname.lastname@example.org