Do you Have the Guts to be Happy?


The digestive tract, so from your mouth to your bottom! is not only affected by everything you eat, but perhaps more importantly, by everything you think as well


Have you ever heard the story of the Dr William Beaumont, a US Army surgeon whose patient, a Canadian trapper called Alexis St Martin, had a gun shot wound which would not heal? It allowed the good surgeon the opportunity to observe the unfortunate trapper’s gastric processes. From this Dr Beaumont was able to record the psychological, physical and immunological stresses on his patient’s gastrointestinal tract. It was a particular fascination for the doctor to see the impact stress had on his patient’s guts.

Now there are more sophisticated methods of observation to Dr Beaumont’s insight in 1833, but this well documented case was a cornerstone of the understanding of digestive diseases, and the impact of psychiatric disorders on the immune system function.

What many people fail to realise is that the digestive system is not only there to help us digest the food we eat, but serves many other functions like these here….

  • It is host to a colony of helpful (and sometimes not so helpful) co dependant bacteria, and most important of all, it is the site of the whole body’s largest collection of immune tissue.
  • The mucosal barriers of the intestines are not simply a first line of defense against unwanted bacteria or undigested food getting into our blood stream, they are also our defense against the stresses of the modern world.
  • Good gut health is literally our passport to greater health and well being, and stable mental health.

How does this happen? Over thousands of years the bacteria that co exist within the lining of the bowels have developed highly specialized ‘skills’ to survive and modify the host (that’s you and me) and the host’s health through altering gene expression and function.

This mutual relationship is the most important and least understood aspect of integrated health care.

This immune system in the small intestines is like a surveillance mechanism that is finely tuned to protect the body from foreign matter such as bacteria and viruses, and so on.

Experiencing stressful event in one’s life, or bottling up emotion, can cause a massive amount of pro inflammatory hormonal regulators called cytokines to be released in response to these triggers. It is possible that prior stressful experiences can sensitize certain people to future events leading to ‘sickness behaviour’.

Getting back your ‘happy behaviour’ is the most important result of taking great care of your digestion, what you eat and how you digest your food.

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