The Symptoms You Should Never Ignore: How to Prevent the Scariest Diseases of Our Time
Everybody poops–at least, according to the popular story generations of modern parents have used to teach their children about using the bathroom. Yet, what happens when we’re in the bathroom is our own business. No one wants to hear about anyone else’s bowel movement, and most people would rather not share such personal information anyway.
If we feel like we’re coming down with a cold or fear that we’ve caught the flu, we share all of the sweaty, sticky, stinky details of our symptoms with our friends, family, coworkers and even passersby in hopes of advice for a quicker recovery or perhaps just some good old fashioned sympathy.
But when we’re painfully constipated, or housebound due to diarrhea, we tend to make up excuses to explain our behaviour and keep the truth of our suffering to ourselves. Instead of talking about what’s going on with our guts, we pretend that everything is ok, putting it out of our own minds as well.
Unfortunately, when we ignore what’s happening in our guts, we could be overlooking our most important symptoms.
People who suffer from chronic, life-threatening conditions often share a common underlying condition that makes them more vulnerable to disease and also prevents them from getting well: inflammation.
Inflammation starts in the gut and often manifests as digestive upset before other symptoms become noticeable. That’s why paying attention to your digestive health could prevent you from serious problems down the road.
If you are regularly suffering from abdominal cramping, diarrhea, constipation, alternating diarrhea and constipation, gas, bloating or food sensitivities, then you are suffering from what is known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is accompanied by chronic bodywide inflammation.
It can be triggered by a multitude of factors, including stress, food sensitivities, ingestion of toxins, pathogenic infections and allergies. Whatever the cause may be, it is paramount that we identify the trigger and eliminate it to halt the snowball effect of inflammation.
Unchecked, inflammation can spell big problems for our health, starting with our guts, spreading throughout our bodies and minds, and eventually developing into frightening diagnoses:
Autoimmune Disease – Temporary inflammation is characteristic of a healthy immune response, but when inflammation becomes chronic, our bodies become unable to differentiate between our own cells and threatening intruders and we begin to attack our own organs and tissue. There are more than 100 kinds of autoimmune diseases and they all have one thing in common: inflammation. Whether you’re suffering from multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, Type 1 diabetes or psoriasis the first thing you must do is find out what is causing your inflammation, which may not be as easy as you think.
Cancer – When our immune systems become imbalanced and go into overdrive, we manifest autoimmune diseases. When our immune system becomes sluggish and unresponsive, we develop cancers. Inflammation in our digestive tract predisposes us to colon cancer, a preventable disease that takes decades of poor lifestyle habits to develop. Infections like H. pylori and hepatitis C cause chronic inflammation that leads to cancers of the stomach and liver. Inflammation has also been found to be key to development and progression of cancerous tumors.
Mental Decline – Due to the powerful connection between the gut and the mind, at least half – and perhaps as many as 90% – of diagnosed IBS sufferers have psychiatric disorders including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, posttraumatic stress disorder, and major depression. Inflammation in the gut travels through the bloodstream, crosses the blood-brain barrier and fuels inflammation in the brain. When our brains are inflamed, we suffer from irritability, forgetfulness and mood swings and have trouble concentrating. Over time, inflammation predisposes us to the dreaded disorders of old age, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Cardiovascular Disease – High levels of inflammation are associated with an elevated risk for heart attack or stroke. Buildup of cholesterol in our arteries, known as plaque, impedes our circulation and makes our hearts work harder to pump oxygen to our brains and vital organs. Chronic inflammation promotes the growth of plaque, loosens plaque from the arterial walls and causes the formation of blood clots.
Type 2 Diabetes – 360 million people worldwide suffer from Type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to complications including cardiovascular disease, blindness, loss of limbs and kidney failure. In healthy individuals, the pancreas produces insulin which regulates our blood sugar. When we suffer from chronic inflammation, immune cells invade and compromise the pancreas, impairing our ability to produce the insulin we need to maintain our functional homeostasis.
Hormone Imbalance – The gut and endocrine system are closely related and many of the hormones we rely on every day are actually produced in our guts. Dysbiosis can cause hormonal imbalance if we’re unable to produce enough. Women often suffer from excess estrogen, which is associated with PMS, endometriosis, fibroids and menopause; whereas man are vulnerable to low testosterone and the accompanying loss of libido, erectile dysfunction adn weight gain. Men and women are more susceptible to reproductive cancers when their hormones are imbalanced. Plus, when we become chronically inflamed, our adrenal glands become fatigued from constantly producing cortisol, leaving us with fatigue, low sex drive, dizziness, moodiness, trouble losing weight and cravings for unhealthy foods.
The triggers of inflammation can be different from one person to the next. If you are suffering from a serious inflammatory condition, it is essential that you act now to repair your health, before it is too late.
Sometimes we have to talk about things that make us uncomfortable. Join The Gut Solution on July 1st for a candid conversation about poop, inflammation and chronic disease. Find out how gut health impacts every other part of your life and why you must heal you gut first. Learn how to recognize the everyday symptoms you can’t afford to ignore anymore, plus essential tools for discovering the inflammatory triggers that are keeping you sick, along with specific treatment protocols for repairing the damage before it’s too late.
The Healing Miracle Team
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