I hope you are well and enjoying the month of March so far. Last month I wrote on how it really was not a good idea to do a body cleanse or detox during the Winter months as it was too harsh for the body. Well now, we’re waking up from our slumber, there’s light at the end of that long Winter tunnel and now we can Spring forward to lighter, brighter days.
This month, I want to talk about this thing called the Human Microbiome, which really is just a posh word for the super organisms that live on us, and in this instance, inside of us, particularly our gut.
By definition, the Microbiome is a sort of mini-ecosystem, a little housing estate made up of communities of different types of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, parasites and worms, all of which call our bodies ‘home’.
What do we mean by the ‘gut’?
The gut is a collection of organs, running from the mouth to the bowels, with help from the stomach, liver, pancreas and gallbladder along the way. All of these structures work together to extract the greatest amount of nutrition from whatever we choose to eat.
Your internal ecology has everything to do with your health and whilst the gut is smart and complex, it is also very vulnerable. Lifestyle factors directly impact your gut barrier and can lead to leaky gut (think tea bag with perforations, when you pull it apart, it splits, it’s fragile), including eating certain foods, drinking too much alcohol, not eating foods rich in fibre, rubbish quality sleep and unhappy, ‘out of balance’ hormones such as cortisol, insulin and melatonin. The gut wall is made up of only a single layer of tiny cells, which allow in nutrients and water while keeping out bacteria, large proteins, and other toxins. You can think of the gut wall as the bouncer of the club of your body, giving access only to those worthy of entry while blocking the entrance to the bad guys. But you must remember that the bouncer is more vulnerable than you may realise; he’s an easy target for attack in greater numbers.
When the gut wall develops tiny holes in it, it’s as if the bouncer has left the door unattended plus opened several other entrances, allowing bad guys to flood in and wreak havoc. Considering that the gut wall is only a thin layer of cells, it’s easy to imagine how toxins often sneak past it and find their way in to the rest of your body. This is exactly what happens when you have a leaky gut: unwanted toxins crash your party, trash your immune system, and the body shuts down with inflammation. As a result, you get fat, cranky, tired, and bloated. The scientific name for leaky gut syndrome is intestinal hyper-permeability.
What are the signs of unhealthy digestion?
Throat and nose issues (clearing throat, runny nose, etc.)
Inflammation anywhere in the body
Skin disorders anywhere on the body
Negative reactions to food, particularly food sensitivities, intolerances
Loose stools or constipation
Weight gain and inability to lose fat
Lack of energy
‘Brain Fog’, poor concentration, memory loss
We know from extensive studies and research that the gut microbiome can begin to reset itself just within a few days when you eat the right types of foods. Your gut is basically your internal garden. Feed it a diverse, plant-based diet and your microbiome flourishes. When you indulge too much on sweets, alcohol, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, simple carbs (like bread, pasta, and rice) and preservatives (anything in a packet, jar, box), you promote the growth of unfavourable invaders instead.
Today we are challenged on many fronts: lifestyle and diet, deficient intestinal flora, stress, toxic chemicals in our food/water/environment, consumption of alcohol, and frequent use of antibiotics all deplete our healthy supply of beneficial enzymes and bacteria. This allows disease to take hold beginning with yeast strains. Supplementing with friendly bacteria help keep harmful bacteria from multiplying in our intestines.
Poor digestion will eventually cause our health to break down with all sorts of illnesses, e.g.
Autoimmune disorders – Fibromyalgia, ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, etc.
All digestive disorders, commonly categorised as I.B.S. inc. Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
Food and general allergies
Chronic viral infections
Hepatitis / Liver cirrhosis and biliary disease
Brain Fog, lethargy and poor concentration
Mental illness – Depression and all variants
Brain disorders inc. Alzheimer's
And loads more…
You’ll see, therefore, the ‘gut’ is not only as an organ system, but as an ecosystem too.
So what’s the solution?
Most modern commercial detox / cleanse solutions strip the gut of the good and the bad bacteria all at the same time compromising your immune system and leaving you vulnerable to the ‘invaders’. The Pure21 Gut Microbiome Rehab Programme uses a systemised approach which has been clinically trialled and using strategic nutritional boosters - that are patent-pending - provide a hospitable environment for the gut’s good bacteria to thrive, therefore you will not suffer with all of the nasty, harsh healing symptoms so common with commercial products. The programme is very gentle and you are encouraged to eat simply and without processed foods, thus ensuring maximum nutritional absorption so that your body can be ‘fed’ properly and continue to heal and repair.
I have written a very comprehensive booklet (click here) which outlines The Pure21Gut Microbiome Rehab Programme and includes what the Microbiome is, how it gets destroyed and what can be done to heal the gut. Take some time to read the booklet and see where you fit into it, i.e. whether you can recognise your own health issues as part of it.
The programme itself will provide the platform for reversing years of old habits, symptoms that you have lived with that you consider ‘normal’ and congestive illnesses that are very debilitating; it will help you to repair and heal your gut on the pathway to optimal health. The programme will provide you with the education and understanding to take actionable, achievable and sustainable steps to look, feel and move better leading to greater health and wellbeing – emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
If you have any questions and / or you feel this is right for you and you would like to take part into the special introductory Pure21 Gut Microbiome Rehab Programme which starts after Easter on 18 April, please get in touch. If you know of anyone else who would benefit from the programme, then please forward it on.
You will find a link below to a short video on the Microbiome as well as quality assurance on the natural, organic neutraceuticals* that are used during the programme.
* A neutraceutical is any product derived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods. This is in direct contrast to synthetic nutritional boosters available on the market that are not food-based and are made up of inferior quality ingredients and fillers which are not absorbed by the body and are therefore directly eliminated during the excretory process.