I am sure many of you have heard that gut health is important for robust immunity - but HOW?
The microbiome refers to the organisms that reside in and on our body’s, they are non-human, but our life would not exist without them, and likewise we are essential for their survival - this is called a symbiotic relationship; we provide a home for them and food supply, and in return they do amazing things for our health, most importantly our immune system.
FACT - our immune system behaves dependant on our first 1,000 days of life from conception.
Yes we can improve (or worsen!) our immunity with dietary and lifestyle habits throughout our entire life, but what it reacts to, how it reacts, and diseases we have a predisposition to occurs due to that first 1,000 days!
The most important factor being how we SEED and then FEED the microbiome....
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This has been popping up in clinic with patients a lot lately, so I thought it was worth sharing.
Histamine is a chemical released by our immune system, and is a critical part of our inflammatory response (which is necessary at times), histamine is also found naturally in some foods. Now as misleading as the name “histamine intolerance” is, it’s not actually an intolerance to histamine, it is an issue with breaking histamine down, resulting in excess inflammation in various body tissues.
This can manifest as many different symptoms, but the key being:
The modern way of living is having a profound negative impact on our hormonal health.
Balanced hormones are essential for fertility, healthy menstruation, and a trouble-free menopause journey, but unfortunately these are times in our life where almost every woman has some kind of negative experience with. What if I told you it didn't have to be that way?
It's also important to note here, that these female hormones are also critical for many other things outside of the reproductive system; did you know your "reproductive hormones" are CRITICAL for brain function and preventing degeneration, assisting gut health by enhancing the gut barrier, and the motility of the GI tract, improving cardiovascular health and enhancing bone health to name a few.
The key issue I see in practice, is stress and infertility, irregular or troublesome menstrual cycles, and menopause that greatly impacts a woman's quality of life....
So, how is it connected?
The first step into the journey of food with your little bubba can be a little overwhelming at times, largely due to the lack of practical and supportive advice and information.
But armed with the right education this can be an extremely exciting time for you and your little one, from this point forward you can now access the healing ability of food to support your babes immunity and health.
Over a series of posts, I aim to clarify into simplicity a step by step guide to food introduction for Mumma’s and baby’s.
The health of the digestive system says a lot about the health of the body on the whole, and I believe restoring gut health is the first step in achieving optimum health. And in saying that, it astounds me that almost every patient I see would describe some sort of digestive symptoms or dysfunction. Because of this, I have a burning passion for all things gut health, and over the years have compiled some key principals towards gaining healthy gut function which I share with you below.
By April Butt
April Butt is a passionate Health Practitioner and Nutritionist. Her approach to health, as well as food, is practical and sustainable. Within this blog she shares pearls of wisdom to make living a healthy lifestyle achievable for everyone.