Needing to Pass the Tums?
Every year my family goes to the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks, NC and we spend the week together in a VERY big house. There are 17 of us including my parents, brother, his kids, my grandmother, aunts and uncles, cousins…a real crowd.
Interesting enough, each year, someone brings a giant Costco-sized bottle of Tums. They sit up on the counter in the kitchen. And, many of my family members partake of them complaining of stomach upset and heart burn.
What is it about our beach trip that causes stomach upset for so many people?
Well, maybe it’s the 1-lb bags of Peanut M&Ms that rotate through the freezer, or the cocktail hour on the beach at 5:00 pm, or the late hours.
Most of us have experienced a link between eating and drinking the wrong foods and feeling heart burn, bloat, gas, a stomach ache or some issue with our stools (constipation, loose stools, etc.).
But, did you know that your depression, anxiety, thyroid disorder, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, and so many other conditions could also be worsened or even caused by an imbalance or an infection in your gut?
Running our RESET and Zippi classes and the many other Cleanse programs I’ve developed and run over the years, I’ve seen participants report over and over again how various symptoms improve, symptoms that you might not realize are connected to what and when you are eating, the quality of your sleep, the beverages you consume or don’t consume, and how you handle stress. Optimizing these factors are the pillars of our RESET and Zippi program.
Heart burn or reflux, gas, bloating, stomach aches, constipation or loose stools are the most common types of digestive complaints, but we have also learned that:
- Adrenal fatigue or burnout
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Various autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and Lyme’s Disease as well as many others
Can all be caused or exacerbated by an imbalance or an infection (or both) in the gut!
And what if your fatigue or thyroid condition was actually being caused by a problem with your gut?
We’ve been exploring the wild world of the “Gut Microbiome” as it is known in scientific communities as part of our RESET PLUS and Zippi PLUS series with the help of Dr. Jane McCormick. (Register Now for the upcoming Lafayette RESET Plus > (Members can attend free and bring a guest)
Since the mapping of the human genome, researchers have become aware that the human body has a gut microbiome that consists of about 100 trillion microbial cells – outnumbering the total number of human cells by a factor of 10 to 1.
The Gut Microbiota encompasses the entire community of microorganisms that live within us. These microorganisms include not only bacteria but also fungi and archaea.
What is fascinating is that research shows us that “the gut microbiota has co-evolved with humans and can be considered an organ of similar size as the liver…”
This relationship between the microbiota and the human being as the “host” is providing rich information that is completely changing the way we think about how the body works and the influence of the gut on various diseases and conditions.
Here is some of the Gut Microbiota research we have been reviewing:
Hashimoto’s improved by eradicating H. Pylori
A 2004 study shows a link between Hashimoto’s and H. Pylori infection (an infection in the gut). In this study, there was a decrease in thyroid autoantibodies after the H. Pylori infection was eradicated. This research is exciting because it suggests that some of the disease states that we have been suffering with may actually be symptoms of a gut condition that can be treated sometimes through diet but also through looking for underlying infections.
Twin Study Links Obesity and the Gut Microbiome
A 2009 study on twins showed that the gut microbiome of the obese and lean twins were similar but different with less biodiversity in the microbiome of the obese twin. What this suggests is that interventions targeted at changing the microbiome of obese individuals will be on the cutting edge of obesity research.
The Link Between the Gut Microbiome and the Development of Autoimmunity
Three lines of evidence are presented that support the notion that, as healthy infants approach the toddler stage, their microbiomes become healthier and more stable, whereas, children who are destined for autoimmunity develop a microbiome that is less diverse and stable.
Anxiety and Depression Presenting with Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD)
There is lots of research linking the presence of various psychological conditions like depression and anxiety to Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD) and to Lyme’s disease. In addition, the microbiology of Borrelia burgdorferi (part of the Gut Microbiome) is striking in terms of why Lyme disease can be relapsing and remitting and why it can be resistant to normal immune protocols and standard antibiotic regimens.
All of this research points the way to inform us that infections or imbalances in the Gut Microbiome may need to be corrected to address various disease and suboptimal health conditions.
Luckily, the research is coming in by the second, and we now have a host of new laboratory tests and other ways to get to the bottom (pun intended) of the condition.
Our RESET PLUS and Zippi PLUS series are designed to provide an overview of some of the most cutting edge research and to bring it into context with what you are practicing through our programs.
In our new Mastery Membership Program, which is coming soon, we will be exploring in much greater depth the path to actually synthesizing the outcomes of the new research and practicing various extensions of the RESET and Zippi curriculum to support a truly “healthy gut”.
If you’ve been wondering about how to integrate leading edge research into your nutrition and lifestyle, then Mastery is for you!
Stay tuned for more information on this amazing topic.