New Consciousness Review Winter 2016 - Page 23

HEALTH ARTICLE Gut Check [OR] Digestion and Disease Why Gut Health Matters By Shelly Malone The following is an adaption of INFLAMED: Discover the root cause of inflammation and personalize a step-by-step plan to create a healthy, vibrant life [] by Shelly Malone, MPH, RDN O ur digestive system is the foundation for wellness and immunity, having the highest concentration of immune cells in our entire body. It was Hippocrates who first said, “all disease begins in the gut.” And though this wise, founding father of medicine first realized this over 2,000 years ago, most people seem to be surprised to know that a digestion (or “gut”) issue could be the culprit for a variety of symptoms outside of the expected gas, bloating and poop issues. If your gut health isn’t on point, your overall health won’t be either. Getting off course compromises your immunity (e.g. inappropriate inflammatory responses), detoxification process (your ability to deal with toxins in the environment), nutrient status, and neurotransmitter balance. In fact, the health of your gut even plays a role in determining how your genetic dispositions will manifest. Conditions Associated with Impaired Gut Health  All Autoimmune Disease (rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, fibro- 23 | New Consciousness Review