Bacteria and The Gut
When I work with a client and it comes to probiotics my answer is never simple. I use my intuition greatly as well as the clients feedback for clues when it comes to my recommendation for which probiotic would be best suited for them. Some people, like myself, cannot tolerate any probiotic for a long while into the protocol.
Many clients that I chat with are under the belief that they must “kill” off all the bad bugs and although we do want to rid the body of many of these culprits, it is not like we can go in with a nerf gun and have at it…
The idea is to push the bad bugs out by increasing the good. We also want to look at which strains of good bugs do we want to add. After all, too many good bugs can lead to bad things as well. We want to think about all of the bi products that all the bacteria create as well as the fact that many of the by products are actually great at keeping inflammation down.
In one article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, according to the book Brain Maker ” These preventive strategies are already well documented in high-profile scientific literature and can have a radical impact in reducing the incidences of the neurodegenerative illness. Medical researchers already have knowledge that, if implemented, could slash the number of new Alzheimer’s patients here in the U.S. by more than half”.
What is it that this article was referring to in regards to prevention? The Gut!
There have also been reports done suggesting that high blood sugar could be a serious factor to development of dementia. I am talking about high blood sugar that is not considered on the diabetic radar yet.
I am suggesting that rather than calling in reinforcements to pull the car out of the ditch (medication), perhaps we could slow down and pay more attention to the signs.
Why am I talking about blood sugar when I was talking about the gut? The same reason that I talk about blood pressure, SIBO or anxiety… Because they are connected and it is becoming more and more obvious that those with poor gut health are more likely to struggle with all areas of health, including mental health.
I have been at the bottom, you know that ugly place where you thought you knew what depression is until you are actually experiencing it first hand and let me tell you, it was far from pretty. Once I was completely submerged in it, I began to really research and see just how connected my gut health was in relation to my mental well being. I am not a doctor and if you need medication, that is not for me to judge. I would recommend though that you take a close look at your gut health as well.
I have also had a long list of symptoms such as depression, IC, IBS, candida, chronic migraines, joint pain and so on. My point is that almost any symptom can and likely is a direct result of the health of your gut. There is obviously a lot more to solving the puzzle to your ongoing health concerns and it id not gut a matter of digestion but also absorption among other things.
So, where to start…?