How many bowel movements do you have a day?
This, undoubtedly, will be one of the very first questions I ask you. While your western doctor may say, “it’s okay,” to go to the bathroom every 2-3 days, from the preventative medicine viewpoint, this is a big red flag.
Why? Because having your personal sewer system back up for even one day over-exposes your tissues to toxins and wastes that leave you vulnerable to the development of leaky gut syndrome, inflammation, and the development of disease down the line.
Good digestion, or lack thereof, is now being hailed as the one of the most important aspects of our health. 70% of our immune system is in the gut and the gut is the source of 100 million neurons (cells of the nervous system) which is why it is often referred to as “the second brain”.
Your gut is also home to 100 trillion bacteria, called our microbiome. There remains a very delicate and crucial balance of good bacteria (also known as intestinal flora) to bad bacteria in this microbiome.These bacteria perform crucial functions for our body on a daily basis.
Here are just a few:
Neutralize Cancer Causing Compounds
Maintain Ph Of The Body
Producing Digestive Enzymes
Producing And Converting Critical Hormones Such As Thyroid Hormones
Synthesize Fat Soluble Vitamins Such As Vitamin K
Absorbing Critical Nutrients Such As Calcium, B12 And All Our Trace Minerals
Unfortunately, the typical American diet and lifestyle wipes out these crucial bacteria through the overuse of antibiotics, antacids, over the counter pain medications and nutrient poor diets. Additionally, over 3,000 chemicals are allowed in our food supply which can damage our microbiome.Here are just a few chemicals that can wreak havoc on your digestion, may not be present on a food label, yet may be lurking in your food:
BLUE #1 and #2: Found in Candy, Cereal, Drinks, Baked Goods, Cereal, Maraschino Cherries
TARTRAZINE (aka: Yellow #5 Food Dye, BVO): Mac and Cheese, American Cheese, Ice Cream, Potato Chips, Crackers, Lemonade, Sports Drinks, Condiments, Cereal, Toothpaste)
RED #40: Fruit Cocktail, Maraschino Cherries, Grenadine, Cherry Pie Mix, Ice Cream, Candy
AZODICARBONAMIDE:Breads and Bread Products, Foaming Agent In Plastics
POTASSIUM BROMATE: Found in Bread Products
OLESTRA: Fat substitute that displaces fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and Carotenoids (Potato Chips, Crackers, Chips)
BHA/BHT: Food preservatives found in processed foods
rBGH/rBST: Hormones added to non-organic dairy
Glyphosate:Herbicide found on non-organic produce
Whether you are chronically constipated or suffer from diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (fluctuating constipation and diarrhea), acid reflux, heartburn, stomach aches, gas or indigestion, 3 Points Health &Wellness has several Gut Healing and Microbiome Programs to help you heal.