With the variety of things that can damage our digestive systems these days, it may seem impossible to try to get back in balance and restore yourself to optimal health. But it is not just about digestive issues alone, as gastrointestinal health can be the root cause for many other health issues, including brain and mental health. Indeed, recent research has called the gut ‘the second brain’.
See what the medical experts say:
Gut awareness has been the latest big thing for those interested in good nutrition for good reason. Most nutrients are absorbed through the gut, so the gut lining is important, and the good bacteria that reside there in vast quantities are needed to convert food and alert the immune system to toxins. The vagus nerve system connects the gut directly with the brain and the whole nervous system. The importance of the gut has led to its being called the ‘Second Brain’. A good supply of enzymes aids the gut in its work of breaking down the food for absorption, and good fibre helps to keep the gut exfoliated and healthy. There is no point in taking expensive supplements if the gut cannot absorb them!!
The right balance of bacteria in the gut is essential for mental balance. This has been established by research into ADHD – children with ADHD tend to have higher levels of the bifida group of bacteria. Those taking micronutrients however, were shown in a recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry had been able to reduce over-supply of bifida bacterium species, whilst improving their mental health.
You can check your own gut health using this questionnaire on the Hardy Nutritionals site.
Hardy Greens and Probiotics – contains a wealth of probiotics and enzymes from plant sources to repopulate the gut with good bacteria. Comes as capsules or powder.
Hardy Olive Leaf Extract – natural plant extract designed to combat Candida and other yeast overgrowth, which otherwise hampers absorption and robs the body of many nutrients.
Colloidal silver – this anti-fungal product can also assist with yeast die-off if it causes problems.
Colosan – this is a well-established colon cleanser which gently exfoliates the colon from the build up of decaying waste matter that accumulates over the years. Can assist with constipation. Comes as capsules or powder.
Black Walnut Wormwood – this is a powerful herbal parasite cleanse which can remove worms from the intestines
Diatomaceous Earth – another natural product which can remove parasites