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Your Protection Is One Cell Deep

gut health, microbiome, probiotics

“The most important DNA in your body is not your own.” ~  Mark Hyman, MD

Little things can influence big things in surprising ways.

Nowhere is this truer than in your health. Cell health is a major factor for overall health. And it’s not just your cells.

One especially good example is in your gut. There are two factors there strongly affecting your health.

The first is your first line of defense against disease. If is the inner lining of your intestines. That lining, called the mucosal barrier, is one cell thick. It keeps out bad bugs, toxins and other pathogens. It’s like a filter.

In order to protect you, this one-cell-deep layer has to operate efficiently. Sadly, modern life tends to compromise mucosal barrier health. This can lead to what is called “leaky gut syndrome.” Here are the signs of this problem:

  • Digestive issues. Gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Seasonal allergies or asthma.
  • Hormonal imbalances. PMS or PCOS.
  • Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
  • Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
  • Mood and mind issues. Depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
  • Skin issues. Acne, rosacea, or eczema.
  • Diagnosis of Candida overgrowth.
  • Food allergies or food intolerances.

This barrier is aided by the second gut factor. This is the 100 trillion micro flora in your gut. Collectively, they are called the microbiome. Their DNA of these friendly bacteria outnumbers your own DNA by 100 times. And they have a huge impact on your health.

This gut flora includes nearly 500 unique bugs. When healthy, they promote your health and wellness in 22 different ways. They even influence your moods and thinking.

But these days your microbiome is likely not healthy. Antibiotics kill the friendly bacteria. Modern diets starve them of needed support. As a result, there are typically many more unfriendly bacteria than are natural.

The battle of health-promoting vs. health destroying microorganisms determines many aspects of health. These include inflammation and whether we are fat or thin. It can even determine if we are resilient or depressed. In many ways, we are only as healthy as our gut flora.

How do you make sure your gut flora and mucosal barrier are healthy?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Eat plenty of plant-based foods.
  • Make sure you get enough fiber.
  • Eat your ideal mix of fats, proteins and carbs.
  • Get enough nutrients.
  • Avoid processed and high-sugar foods.

There are instances of people recovering from ADD and depression from making such changes. And if you have digestion or elimination issues, this is an excellent place to start.

One more thing… take a high-quality, high-potency probiotic daily.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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