Why Is Everyone Talking About Gut Health?

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said it best – “Look to the GUT, for it is the cause of all disease.” This is because 80% of your nervous and immune systems live in your gut.  

When those symptoms are down, your body is vulnerable to diseases and illnesses. 

Your mental state is equally connected to your gut microbiome, as 95% of serotonin (your happy, feel-good hormone) is made in the gut. 

We should have listened to Hippocrates sooner. But once you know better—you can do better. 

People now realize that taking care of your gut is important for feeling good and having better energy. However, it is also critical to living longer and preventing chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease (the leading cause of death in women), cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. 

The biggest lie about gut health

The Lie: Doctors tell you that heartburn and indigestion, which are also accompanied by bloating, gas, and constipation, are caused by too much acid.

The Truth: The cause of these problems is caused by too little stomach acid, a condition known as hypochlorhydria.

The backstory: Antacids such as PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors) are a $17 billion annual market. Americans are taking the lead, as 1 in 3 suffers from GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). 

The acid in our stomach is the first line of defense against dangerous pathogens such as parasites, bacteria, viruses, and candida.

A massive Ah-Ha moment: Without sufficient levels of acid, we develop higher levels of chronic inflammation and leaky gut from these stealth pathogens that the acid should have wiped out in our stomach as they transit down with the digestive tract.

Wait, what? I thought I was supposed to get off acid?! Yes, this is confusing, and your questions are totally understandable. I am talking about the good acid that comes from having a healthy gut microbiome.

4 ways that will supercharge your gut health

  • Take a quality probiotic supplement. It helps replenish good bacteria while simultaneously crowding out the bad bacteria. You can also chow down on probiotics from fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. 

  • Fill up on fiber. Research shows only 5% of the population is getting the recommended 25-35 grams of fiber our gut needs daily for optimal health. Yikes, 5%! No wonder 42 million Americans struggle with constipation and why so many are turning to laxatives for immediate relief. The Dr. Daryl’s Internal Shower Shot is a super easy solution to your fiber needs. It scrubs your intestines acting as an “internal shower” in your gut, helping to move food and prevent any impactions down the road.

  • Minimize The WMDs (Weapons Of Mass Destruction For The Gut). Wheat, too much meat, dairy, processed foods, and sugar are all massively acidic and inflammatory to the gut. Try to make them about 20% of your diet. It's all about moderation—not deprivation. 

  • Get the green goods. Add leafy greens and healthy fats like avocado (I love this avo snack or chocolate mousse) to your daily life. You can also sneak greens into delicious smoothies or just add a scoop of Acid-Kicking Greens into a shot of water or smoothie to power up your body with 5 servings of vegetables and 21 nutrient-dense alkaline superfoods.
  • It’s the best biohack around!

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