Functional GUT Health
The GUT has a wall of commensal bacteria (microbiota) working together to help regulate the immune and nervous system. Today, more and more data is emerging to support that chronic inflammation is the underlying root cause of ALL disease, and it is related to a poor diet and underlying chronic stress.
Chronic stress keeps the body bathed in norepinephrine (the fight/flight hormone) which over time up- regulates the immune system, exhausts the body's hormones, weakens the gut microbiota creating an array of dysfunction throughout the body. Epigenetics tells us that our environment (stress/diet) can affect whether we get a disease - NOT our gene codes.
Epigenetics has changed how we think about our inherited gene codes. The word actually means "over and above" the genome. This new research indicates that our health (and disease expression) is not necessarily dictated by our inherited genes. Genes load the gun and lifestyle shoots the gun... Another words, medications, food allergies, stress, environmental toxins, a leaky gut and/or a dysbiotic gut micorbiota are factors that can affect the gene expression and cellular function, and therefore, overall health. Some genes are weaker at functioning related to gene variants but primarily it is one lifestyle that affects gene expression.
Functional Gut Health addresses the underlying causes of disease at the GUT level using a systems-oriented approach called the FIVE R approach: Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair, & Rebalance the gut microbiota using food as medicine, nutraceuticals and botanicals.
The Unsung Hero - is YOU! Together we journey through your life history determining the triggers and perpetuators that are underlying your dysfunction and surfacing dis-eases. I use biomarkers, comprehensive stool analysis, some genomics to determine a personalized treatment plan to set you on a new health journey towards vitality.
The GUT Healthy Living Forum
The focus here is to create community while gaining practical knowledge to make lifestyle changes towards GUT Health. My office is located at Holistic Awakenings where the mission is holistic (mind, body and soul) healing, which starts at THE GUT! Other professional services at Holistic Awakenings include, counseling, reiki, brainspotting and energy work.