A properly functioning digestive system (gut) is critical to good health. Approximately a massive 80% of our immune system is located in our gut, and 90% of our neurotransmitters (chemicals responsible for regulating mood) such as serotonin are made in our gut., therefore an unhappy gut can be the root cause of many chronic health problems.
Gut imbalances have been linked to hormonal imbalances and autoimmune diseases such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis,
- Chronic fatigue,
The gut is a hugely complicated and some scientists call it the second brain. The Vagus Nerve connects the cerebral brain to our gut. However, all our digestive, absorptive and eliminative functions can operate without direct input from the cerebral brain, which is just truly amazing. It shows how important it is to have good nutrition and that we must feed our guts well so they are and we are happy.
It is important to be aware of our second brain to help educate our clients and sign post them in getting their guts working to an optimum level.
The second brain and fertility
There is a strong relationship between gut health and fertility. This is because the health of the gut affects the reproductive system in many subtle ways. If you think about where the majority of the gut is located (in the pelvis) it is no wonder it can affect a woman’s uterus.
The clear signs of digestive problems include:
- Heartburn or acid reflux
- Abdominal bloating
- Sharp or dull abdominal pains
- Urinary irritation.
There are many other symptoms that can show up when the gut is not working properly, including chronic sinus, ear, or vaginal infections; joint pain; headaches; foggy thinking; fatigue; and mood disturbances.