The GI Tract Affects the Entire Body


"All disease begins in the the gut", said Hippocrates. One might infer that health must begin in the gut as well.

When problems occur in the gut, they can manifest in other areas of the body in a variety of ways.

Immune: Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in the gut? The immune system both in and out of the gut are interrelated and protect the body from harmful microorganisms and toxins. Apart from our skin, the GI tract is one of the main barriers against illness.

Skin: The skin and the GI tract are also closely related. When there is inflammation in the gut lining, skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and rosacea occur more often. These conditions occur from increased intestinal permeability, aka "leaky gut", an imbalance in the microbiome, aka gut bacteria, or uncontrolled inflammation.

Thyroid: When the gut barrier is damaged, we become less tolerant and less adaptable to the stresses of daily living. An imbalance in stress hormones can lead to a change in thyroid production, making people more susceptible to hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, and Grave's disease.

Liver: The liver is the major detoxifying organ. It processes and eliminates harmful substances from the body. The liver is actually a part of the GI tract and works together with the pancreas, gall bladder, intestines, and colon to protect the body from toxins.

Brain: If you haven't yet read my blog post on the gut-brain connection, it's worth a closer look. Our emotions are connected to our gut health; when our gut is angry so are we. Gut permeability is also closely related to symptoms of brain fog and decreased memory function.

Let me help get your gut healthy to stimulate health in the rest of the body!

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