Health Begins in the Gut

The concepts that form our Healing Hypothesis are:

  • Health begins in the gut

  • Your body is built to heal itself

  • One size doesn’t fit all

  • Food isn’t always enough

  • Your unique biochemistry

  • A holistic approach

  • Your custom supplement protocol

  • Your custom diet

Now we’ll break down these concepts and explore each individually, starting with health begins in the gut.

Health begins in the gut. This means that literally whatever chronic, complex conditions you have, impaired gut health may be involved.  

Most of us have heard the famous Hippocrates saying, "All disease begins in the gut.” Guess what? It’s true!

Impaired gut health adversely affects the body in a variety of ways.

If your gut health is impaired, you won’t be able to digest and absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. This means that even if you eat a perfectly healthy diet, it won’t matter much because your body won’t be able to use those nutrients from those healthy foods, and you can end up nutrient deficient. All of the biochemical pathways in your body, which make your body function, run off of nutrients from foods you eat. These nutrients are the fuel for your engine. Without fuel, your engine won’t run, and over time will break down, leading to illness and disease.  

Not so concerned about nutrient deficiency? You should be. During my last (and final) severe dietary restriction phase in 2016, I was down to about 98 lbs, at 5’6”. My lab work was off, but my GI doctor couldn’t figure out why. I couldn’t either to be honest. I had weird symptoms like boils on my body, and my labs showed low thyroid function and high liver enzymes. My body was slowing down and breaking down because I was starving. There was no fuel for it to run on, it started eating itself.

There are other ways impaired gut health is a huge problem for your overall health. Eighty percent of your immune system is located in your gut microbiome. If your gut health is impaired, your immune system will be too.

Impaired gut health leads to inflammation in the gut, which can cause increased gut permeability (leaky gut). When this happens, toxins and food particles escape the GI tract and enter your blood stream where there are not supposed to be. The result can be autoimmune disease, food allergies and sensitivities (food sensitivities are a symptom, not a cause of your health problems), asthma, arthritis and join aches and pains, mental health and neurological disorders, skin conditions, hormone imbalances (such as estrogen and thyroid hormones), and much, much more. As you can see, many of these issues are outside of the gut, so while you may have impaired gut health, you might not even have any gut related symptoms.

Gut health is often overlooked by conventional, Western medicine as an underlying cause of chronic and complex disease, and this is these conditions remain chronic. Addressing gut health, even if you don’t have GI symptoms, is an integral part of the healing process as we explore root cause issues, and this is in fact where I start my scavenger hunt to find reasons why you have the health problems you do.