What Is The Gut-Brain Connection?
The gut-brain connection is the system within your body that facilitates a two way communication between the GI tract and the brain. The gut or GI tract has its own nervous system called the enteric nervous system (ENS) which means there is a complex signaling system from the gut to the other parts of the body.
WHAT IS THE GI TRACT?
Before we dive into the 4 Quadrants of GI Health, it is important to be on the same page with what we mean by GI tract and what a normal functioning GI tract is like. The GI tract is short for Gastrointestinal Tract. This is essentially a closed system from the mouth to the anus that changes food into fuel for the body and protects our bodies internal environment from the outside insults of toxins and infections.
WHAT IS IBS?
IBS and IBD often get lumped into the same category and the difference is often not well understood. First of all, both are digestive disorders. IBS is Irritable Bowel Syndrome and IBD is Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Both have many of the same underlying causes and IBS can turn into IBD if not addressed.
Hypochlorhydria, or low stomach acid, is arguably the most common GI condition in the US. It may seem small and inconsequential. It may seem silly to even put a name to it. But, it hides. It lurks, and it worsens. It is far too often ignored and disregarded. But it is the source, the cause,
GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS: SYMPTOMS AND NATURAL SOLUTIONS
It is estimated that approximately 700,000 gallbladders are removed each year. It is now rivaling hysterectomies in the number of procedures performed each year. The surgical removal of the gallbladder is a cholecystectomy. The frequency of this surgery is up from 500,000, on average, the years prior to the laparoscopic technique being introduced in the 1990’s.
SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is a hot topic the holistic health world, and for good reason. It is the missed cause of many people’s GI distress and gaining popularity as people find relief from long-term GI issues. The symptoms of SIBO look like many other common GI issues and therefore can be passed off as other things.
What is IBD?
IBD is Inflammatory Bowel Disease which is caused by inflammation in the GI tract thought to be from an autoimmune reaction where the body is attacking it’s own tissue. Approximately 1 in 350 people worldwide have IBD. IBD is more serious and less common than IBS even though symptoms can be the same.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: GUT HEALTH
We know most of our LifeWorks Integrative Health community has heard from us the importance of a healthy gut, but just in case you’ve forgotten, we wanted to give you a little refresher on the importance of maintaining gut integrity. Many of the diet, lifestyle, supplement and lab recommendations we give are based on healing a damaged gut.