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The Road to Good health is Paved with Good Intestines | Ask Trainer Dave

The Road to Good health is Paved with Good Intestines | Ask Trainer Dave

A healthy body yields a Positive Attitude!
It’s very hard to see when we’re not there, but an optimistic / positive mindset and great health most definitely go hand-in-hand.

You just can’t have one without the other.
 Think about it!

How could we have a positive mindset if:

We’re tired?
We’re hungry?
We’re in pain?
We don’t like the way we look or feel?

When I meet with a personal training or health coaching client for the first time, they are often coming to me after years of inactivity and a hopeless look in their eyes of complete confusion.  “I don’t know how I got here or where to start…” … is usually the look on their faces, or the words coming out of their mouths.

Most commonly, the fat loss, they so desperately want, is secondary to the real underlying issues, which are poor lifestyle and nutrition habits that are leading to the excess weight and are wreaking havoc on their bodies’ ability to cope.
 
Do you feel that way sometimes? Do you feel lost or hopeless?
I have great news for you: you CAN take control of your health and mood and it’s easier than you may have thought!

As it turns out, our lifestyles, the foods we do or do not eat, and the environmental toxins we are exposed to lead to destroying our gut health, which makes being healthy or losing weight nearly impossible.  Did you know the average American is carrying around at least 10 lbs of excess waste inside their guys that should  not be inside of them?  This excess waste builds up inside of us and destroys us from the inside out.  We absolutely need a cleaner and stronger digestive system.

So, the answer to losing weight and overcoming, nearly any, disease is rooted in our ability to improve our gut health.
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First, let’s take a look and try to understand why our gut is unhealthy in the first place.


With the vast majority of Americans spending their time indoors, away from nature, eating processed and chemically-ridden food, constantly being exposed to aggressive solvents, perfumes and detergents, and not getting enough vitamins and enzymes naturally through sun exposure and foods that aren’t served in boxes / through a window…. we are suffering an epidemic of chronic diseases due to the unhealthy function of our gastrointestinal tract. About 70% of our immune defense relies on a healthy digestive tract and because of this many of us suffer constantly because of our undefended intestinal wall.

 

Below, I offer you some helpful info about the culprits of poor gut health and the solutions on how to nurture our guts back to health.

1. STRESS

 

Our guts are the home of a complex array of nerve plexuses, which release neurotransmitters. The neuro-endocrine system of the gut is controversially said to be as important as the brain. Stress causes over-stimulation of this plexus, disrupting normal function of both the digestive and nervous system. PH regulation, bacterial balance, and ultimately, the integrity of the intestinal lining are compromised and results in digestive upset, mood alterations, and a susceptibility to a plethora of disorders.

Possible Solutions: Financial problems are the leading cause of stress, making us busier than we should be, which pulls us away from the loving and supportive relationships we need for our health. When this is the case, I recommend people write down on paper where they are financially and take a cold, hard look at where too much spending can be cut off. After that, putting into place a plan of action to reduce debts and increase income streams can help restore financial health, confidence, and loving relationships. 

 
Beyond that, just taking a walk out into a park to look at nature, with a long distance view, can have a profound effect on the reduction of stress for the brain. For example, looking at a tree 500 feet in the distance for a 5 to 10 minute period of time 1 to 3 times per week can be enough to dramatically reduce stress. Better yet, take a loved one with you and look together!
 
Finally, just talking to a friendly listener can help reduce the anxiety of the dilemmas we are holding onto in our minds. Let’s pick up the phone to call a friend we haven’t spoken to in a long time, or engage with a group of supportive people. They are out there!

2. POOR SLEEP

We live in a go-go-go, on the run, lifestyle in our modern world, which makes it more and more difficult to stay healthy. Besides the numerous physiological benefits and necessary elements of a restful night’s sleep, sleep deprivation causes us to crave sugary foods that lead to terrible health dysfunction. Over repetitive abuse and sleep deprivation, our adrenal glands, that signal to our body when to be fully awake, and went to be tired, become exhausted and don’t work so well anymore. This becomes harder and harder to repair, leading to sugar cravings when we’re tired, further worsening our gut health.Possible Solutions: Set a non-negotiable time to go to sleep that is at least 8 hours prior to the time needed to wake and explore foods and supplementation that promote restful sleep. Also, start eating more nourishing foods that also promote restful sleep. Finally, find, and use, a high quality herbal supplement that will nourish the adrenal glands to help them restore their balance and function. If a specific recommendation is needed, simply fill out this Health Survey, and I can recommend one. 


3. STARVATION

 
Skipping meals, ESPECIALLY BREAKFAST, leads to blood sugar fluctuations, and all the inherent problems that come with that further discussed in this post. Our modern lives make us more and more prone to putting our own needs on the back-burner, trying to serve others instead. Further, the myth that is being perpetuated by mainstream media that starving the body and minimizing calorie intake is a smart way to lose excess body fat / improve health is simply not true and, actually, quite dangerous.
 
Possible Solution:Start small if a lack of hunger in the am is a problem… making sure that at least a small breakfast prepared in advance or quick smoothie in the morning will start our days off with success. Building up to an adequate amount of nourishment in the morning on a regular basis is crucial. Ideally, it should include at least 1-2 vegetables, a protein, a small serving of healthy fat, and one fruit. 
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4. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

Unfortunately, prescription medications are over-prescribed, drive too much money for pharma companies, dramatically deplete the body of essential nutrients, and come with devastating side-effects. The goal is to minimize our dependency on them and, ultimately, completely eliminate them when possible.
  • Use of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS; disrupt mitochondrial health). If you are taking an over the counter Ibuprofen you may be irritating the gut and promoting Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky gut allows toxins and metabolites, which previously could not enter the blood stream, in, compromising our liver and lymphatic system and leading to immune and endocrine issues.
  • Antibiotics: Kill off all bacteria, even the good bacteria promoting dysbiosis (unhealthy population ratios). The use of antibiotics leaves the digestive tract unable to digest like before, and more susceptible to harmful foods, chemicals and autoimmune processes. In most cases, these do us more harm than good!
  • Acid Reflux Medications / Proton Pump Inhibitors (For example: Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, etc.) block acid production in stomach. These PPIs cause unhealthy bacterial ratios in the gut and may predispose us to small intestine bacterial overgrowth and infections. PPIs also affect healthy intestinal lining by causing irritation, inflammation, and gaps through which undigested food, toxins, and organisms can pass in to the blood stream… causing all the previously discussed health issues!

Possible Solution: In some cases, when appropriate, a high quality filtered aloe juice and digestive enzyme solution, along with a non-temperature-sensitive probiotic, will help restore the body’s natural ability to digest food and also restore the proper balance of gut bacteria. Again, reducing the dependency on these types of pharmacological interventions, and enabling the body to handle things without them, is the goal. 


5. EXCESSIVE SUGAR AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
 

Artificial sweeteners feed bad bacteria in our guts and promote the overgrowth of yeast, which destroy our healthy bacteria. What’s worse is that they cause blood sugar spikes and crashes making it harder and harder for our brains to accurately sense when we are truly hungry or tired. Moreover, they lead to an addiction to more sugar, causing more dysfunction and worse health. It’s a vicious downward spiral!

  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS; sweetened drinks and processed food found nearly everywhere): this artificial sweetener is more easily digested and absorbed than cane sugar and it causes more damage to the liver, a vital organ for fat loss and detoxification. HFCS triggers insulin spikes, cholesterol and triglyceride production. (lipogenesis ultimately promoting fat storage), and threatens us with metabolic disturbances. Furthermore, HFCS disrupts the intestinal cell lining by interrupting tight junctions and leading to macromolecule (undigested foods) and bacteria to leak across the intestinal lining and into the blood stream.. not good. According to Dr. Hyman, a prominent leader in functional medicine, “leaky gut” is associated with augmented immune reactions and inflammation and HFCSs are primary culprits (along with sugar and gluten).
Possible Solution: Breaking the addiction is tough and requires a multifaceted approach. I always start new clients out on a 5-7 day gentle fruit and vegetable detoxification program that helps them begin to break this addictive cycle. It takes a focused effort and some guidance, but once the process is going, the results are amazing!

6. GMO FRUITS & VEGETABLES:

GMO foods are sprayed with antibiotics, impair our natural detoxification pathway, disrupt our normal endocrine functions and metabolism, promote carcinogenic activity, damage kidneys and have shown to cause sterility in rats. Additionally, a review paper recently showed that these genetically modified foods may predispose us to gluten sensitivity and all the harmful digestive, autoimmune, and neurological effects it has on our ability to live healthy.

Possible Solution: Growing our own fruits and vegetables is cumbersome, but we can use a high quality fruit and vegetable cleaner, as well as purchase USDA organic produce, when possible to minimize their effects on our bodies.  

7. PROCESSED / FRIED FOODS
 

These contain chemicals, preservatives, are more likely to contain hidden sugars and HFCS, and traces of cleaning solvents (full of chemicals and endocrine disrupters), which get in the food during packaging and preparation. Frying foods creates, among other harmful elements, indigestible fats and deformed proteins… these cause inflammation and damage to our intestinal mucosa, and alter bacterial populations. The processing of “junk “ food by bacteria in our gut produces endotoxins and inflammation. As a result, insulin is over produced and fat is stored, sending our appetite out of control and leading to weight gain and a propensity for chronic disease.

Possible Solution: these items cause the digestive lining to develop a film over them that prevent healthy nutrition from even entering our blood! Again, I always start new clients out on a 5-7 day gentle fruit and vegetable detoxification program that helps them begin to break this harmful lining. It takes a focused effort and some guidance, but once the process is going, the results are amazing!

8. CHLORINATED & FLUORIDATED WATER

 

These can creep into your body by drinking this water or by showering/bathing in it! Scientists have found anything under a molecular weight of 150 can seep into our body transdermally. Chlorine therefore is easily absorbed as it has a mw of 35.4! In fact, the university of Pittsburg did a study showing you can intake 10 times more chlorine via a 10 min shower, than drinking 8 glasses of the same water. The steam from the shower helps facilitate absorption.

Possible Solution: Install an under-sink water filtration system in the kitchen and bathroom showers so an unlimited supply of clean drinking and bathing water is available.

ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS

 

These soaps show little proven benefit in preventing disease and most often contain a harmful chemical called triclosan. Triclosan acts as as endocrine disrupter and is harmful to our gut microflora. Over time triclosan can alter fertility, disrupt metabolism, challenge muscular contraction, and brain function. Also found in toothpaste.. be aware
Possible Solution: Seek out safer and more natural alternatives when it comes to household cleaners and personal care products. There are many options! 

 

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