Optimal wellness begins in the Gut, which consists of all your digestive organs and systems.  Not only is the Gut responsible for gastrointestinal quality and digestion, it also has a direct effect on the mind. It is responsible for up to 90% of the body’s serotonin production, which is your “feel good” hormone!   More and more evidence connects an unhealthy gut to different forms of mental illness and behavioral disorders.

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The Gut also determines the quality of the immune system, as it produces and feeds the very bacteria needed to either fight or enable disease. The gut environment of both beneficial and destructive bacteria is called the Microbiome.  Individuals with Gut permeability or “leaky gut” will experience a variety of mental, emotional and physical symptoms including those caused from malabsorption of nutrients as well as a laundry list of food intolerances.

These powerful factors are important to address especially for those seeking to make healthier lifestyle changes. Until the gut is healed properly and balanced, many attempts to make healthy dietary changes will fall short. However, once the gut is healed and improved, many individuals will experience tolerance to foods they once could not comfortably ingest — as well as an improved metabolism, adrenal function, easier weight loss, emotional well-being and more.

The understanding of the Gut and the Microbiome may be a very new science, but the results of those who have done the research and balanced their gut bacteria and functioning have experienced a powerful and noteworthy impact  Emerging evidence proves out the vital role the gut plays in our health can no longer be ignored.

Probiotics may be beneficial to rebuilding (re-seeding) the microbiome with beneficial bacteria.  Here is a review comparing and contrasting some of the best know probiotics available at health food stores or online.

Brittney Prendergast (Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach)

In addition to being the director and wellness workshop leader for Holistic Wellness Network Northwest, I am a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach, author and public speaker. I use holistic health as a tool to help people find their balance and passion for life. True health is a balance of mind, body and soul; neither is separate and each needs nurturing. It all starts in the Mind and the Gut.

As a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach, Hypnotherapist and Color Therapist, I use my unique combination of knowledge and network of professionals to coach students, health coaches, life coaches, trainers and fitness professionals. I also "pre-coach" individuals through my programs, laying the groundwork for other professionals to do what they do best. I know that the mind, metabolism and immune system are the greatest barriers to diet and fitness success. I love empowering the holistic movement and giving tools to those out there working within it. I believe in a simple life of gratitude, love, health and full of passion because in the end, that's what matters most.

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