Here is the BEST explanation I've heard to date of what "gut health" really is.....for the sciency, nerdy types that ask WHY! My friend Jessica Hoogendoorn (Naturopathic Doctor, Master Herbalist, Certified Nutritional Counselor) gives a fantastic visual of fungus/candida. She says:
"Think of your gut like a walled castle, a fortress. If it is sealed like its supposed to be, then it keeps toxins out, they go from the gut to the liver and the liver filters the junk and sends it OUT and we are healthy ;) Full of life and energy. Bouncing out of bed.
Well, let's say we get vaccinated, take even 1 round of antibiotics, go on birth control, have a poor diet, etc. When we do that, what happens is this little bad bacteria that we are all born with in the gut (called candida albicans or fungus; it's what decomposes us when we die, turns us back to dust) starts to grow and feed out of control on all these dead bacteria that the birth control, antibiotics, vaccines, etc cause. Candida/fungus is like an octopus with long decomposing fingers. When candida/fungus starts to grow and feed on the junk in our gut caused by poor diet, or die off from antibiotics or drugs, or sugar and carbs that we eat.....it upsets the balance ratio of good bacteria in the gut, turning it to bad bacteria now ruling.
You have to understand: 70-80% of our immune system resides in our guts, which basically means that our health almost entirely depends on the ratio of good to bad bacteria ruling our guts. To be healthy, our gut should be approximately 80% good bacteria to 20% bad bacteria/candida/fungus. Now its roles are literally reversed.
So the candida starts to flourish and has octopus like fingers that grow and grow and start to decompose and eat holes in the lining of the gut. Our fort has now been compromised. Toxins, food particles, etc then start to leak out of these tiny holes in our intestines into our bloodstream/body and start wreaking havoc!!
So, we go to the doctor and they give us antibiotics, painkillers, medication drugs, inhalers, etc....but neither we nor the Dr. ever get to "WHY DO WE HAVE THIS ISSUE?" In fact, we've been going back home to use all these different medications and antibiotics, and we've unknowingly/unintentionally ended up just making the root cause WORSE.
It's really all so simple.....it started with an imbalance in our gut flora, leading to candida/fungus taking over and compromising our gut lining. The solution? You heal/rebalance the gut and heal those holes.....VIOLA!!! We got to the root of it all, instead of just accepting it and masking symptoms the rest of our lives with drugs.
When your body has an overload of toxins that never should be there in the first place.....everything slows to a halt and your body does just what is has to to survive. It is like an army that has been overrun and they are running for their lives. Exhausted and just trying to stay alive. Fatigue is the first step towards a disease I was taught in school! The body is saying, "hey something is wrong, HELP!"
Well, my company put together a protocol that #1 heals the gut, cleanses out those toxins, balances the hormones, balances blood sugar, reduces inflammation and FLOODS you with nutrients and oxygen that make you loaded with energy:) SO, instead of masking symptoms, we are now getting at the ROOT OF IT ALL:) YEEEHAWWW"
That is such an amazing explanation!!! If you want to learn more about the products she talks about, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to chat about your health history and which products would help you!
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