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Extreme gut fitness

Steve Wells
Personal Trainer and gut owner
Steve Wells
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Your guts play a major role in just about every single disease. I read stuff from all across the medical research community written by brilliant scientists, researchers, doctors and therapists and it all collectively points to the importance of healthy gut flora. We are going to cover only a few of the major health issues that are caused by poor gut health — hopefully enough for you to see the pattern.

Always go with your gut…

Poor gut health is a major factor in every single disease. Diseases are not mysterious entities. They are simply scary descriptions of symptoms from an underlying problem. As a society, we put more and more pressure on the medical community to instantly and affordably fix problems. Many of these problems are created by our own behavior and environmental toxins. We tend to bury our heads in the sand over both issues. I have heard that we should blame the problem, not the person. I always argue that problems happen because people screw up. It feels better to “blame a horrible disease” and not our own dumb behavior, so we just go with it.

I hate to say it, but it’s often our own poor judgment and lack of intestinal fortitude that helps us get sick.

“Recent research in Scandinavia has demonstrated that 90 percent of all cells and all genetic material in a human body is our own gut flora. … We ignore them at our own peril.”
Dr. Natasha Campbell

It is difficult to ignore the onslaught of autoimmune and neurological disorders along with rising cancer rates over the last 20 years — especially with the advancements in early detection that I keep hearing about. Birth rates are still the lowest in recorded history. That fact alone ought to raise an eyebrow and make us rethink a few things. Granted, we have only been collecting data for a little while on these subjects, but when you look at it closely there are too many correlations to ignore that fact that our own food supply is what is killing us. Mathematical logic trumps twisted-research-data any day for me. A common tactic for groups that don’t want you to form your own logical conclusions is to use “conflicting data” to create doubt. Remember, there will always be some truth to a liar’s spiel. Forget about data for a minute and try googling common sense.

Do you have the guts to do it?

How our guts are conditioned during pregnancy and infancy sets the pace for health for the rest of our lives. If you are reading this, thank God and your parents that you are alive and healthy. Now it’s your job to do what you can to assist your body’s natural healing process.

Just about any health problem can almost always be traced back to what you ingested, how much of it, for how long and your genetics. The majority of foreign material that you take in comes via your gut. Since you can’t do anything about genetics, stop expecting your body to perform miracles while eating tofu-doughnuts!

Gut wrenching autism factoids:

Autism is one of many problems that have a lot to do with gut health. You may have heard of the GAPS diet. As you know, I’m no “diet” advocate — I’m the change your entire lifestyle guy. Since the GAPS diet is the closest thing that I’ve seen to actual common sense, I have been recommending it to people for a long time. Dr. Natasha Campbell is the inventor of the GAPS Program, which is a natural treatment for autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia. She worked as a neurologist and a neurosurgeon for several years before starting a family. When her first-born son was diagnosed autistic at the age of 3, she was surprised to realize that her own profession had no answers. She sums up the importance of gut flora very well.

“Children with the above disorders do not develop normal gut flora from birth…” she says. “Gut flora is a hugely important part of our human physiology. Recent research in Scandinavia has demonstrated that 90 percent of all cells and all genetic material in a human body is our own gut flora. We are just a shell… a habitat for this mass of microbes inside us. We ignore them at our own peril. As a result, their digestive system — instead of being a source of nourishment for these children — becomes a major source of toxicity. These pathogenic microbes inside their digestive tract damage the integrity of the gut wall. So all sort of toxins and microbes flood into the bloodstream of the child, and get into the brain of the child.”

The list of diseases that are directly related to gut health is astounding. Artificial sweeteners and GMO frankenfood have all but completely inundated our food supply over the last 20 years. Not to mention the artificial hormones and “poppy-drugs” that we dole out like candy to over half the population. And for what do we need all that poppy seed? That’s another article…

Companies that make these known poisons all sponsor research that shows that their products are safe. Would you spend millions of bucks on research that would tell the world that your product kills only a few people? The same companies also like to poke fun at ancient remedies that have worked well without side effects, calling them old wives’ tales. What could be more sexist, arrogant and insulting?

If you think that all the conveniences that we have invented in the last century come without consequences, you’re kidding yourself, and you’re creating a hefty burden for future generations. The selfish and ignorant “I’ll be gone by then, what do I care” attitude is just that.

Next week I’ll talk more about intestinal health. I am interested in your feedback on this or any interesting topic. Contact Steve at Midland Fitness 945-4440.

Steve Wells is a personal trainer and co-owner of Midland Fitness. His column appears on Tuesdays.

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