Tampa Bay Holistic Wellness Nutrition Services
We Are What We Eat
At Tampa Bay Holistic Wellness Center, the infrastructure of your nutrition program revolves around you and your unique metabolism. Whether your health goal is to treat fatigue, weakness, chronic health problems, allergies, rebuilding after strenuous endurance or strength training, weight loss, digestive complications, or to absolutely improve upon your state of well being: your nutrition plan needs to be customized to meet your body’s distinct needs. Everyone is physiologically different and a one-size-fits all approach simply doesn't work.
When you begin forging down the road of corrective healing, you must address your body and your unique metabolism. When this is done correctly you will experience sustained lasting energy, improved digestive function, improved mental clarity, the attainment of proper body weight, and improved physical appearance. These are simply the recognizable results. The long lasting benefit is a disease free and energy efficient life.
No matter how severe or minimal our health issues, we all have to eat. Food is the foundation of eveyone's health. Discovering our body’s unique metabolic and nutritional needs is the basis of all healing for our individual being.
Did you know that your body is made from foods, water, air, and light energy?
From foods, water, air, and light energy our body must derive 50+ essential factors to function in a healthy way. These essential factors our bodies cannot acquire from anywhere else. These include 21 minerals, 13 vitamins, 9 essential amino acids, and 2 essential fatty acids that are absolutely necessary for mind body functionality. Processing of food removes essential nutrients from foods and may also change nutrients into toxic substances. Both deficiencies of essential nutrients and toxicity in processed foods have been globally noted and documented.
The main cause of illness is malnutrition. You do not need to look like you are starving to suffer from malnutrition. A deficiency of essential substances, nutrient imbalances and internal pollution (i.e.: pollutants, heavy metals, drugs, metabolic waste products, toxins produced by yeast, and toxins made in our body) almost always result in serious chronic illness, auto-immune disease, and allergies.
All Disease Begins in The Gut
Hippocrates said this more than 2,000 years ago, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases, reduced brain development, and weight gain.
The human gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body, with over 400 known diverse bacterial species. In fact, you could say that we’re more bacterial than we are human. Think about that one for a minute.
We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. Among other things, the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. Dysregulated gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.
Unfortunately, several features of the modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:
Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDs
Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
Diets low in fermentable fibers
Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut
Leaky gut and bad gut flora are common because of the modern lifestyle and diet. If you have a leaky gut, you probably have bad gut flora, and vice versa. And when your gut flora and gut barrier are impaired, you will be inflamed. Period.
This systemic inflammatory response then leads to the development of autoimmunity. And while leaky gut and bad gut flora may manifest as digestive trouble, in many people it does not. Instead it shows up as problems as diverse as heart failure, depression, brain fog, eczema/psoriasis and other skin conditions, metabolic problems like obesity and diabetes and allergies, asthma and other autoimmune diseases.
To adequately address these conditions, you must rebuild healthy gut flora and restore the integrity of your intestinal barrier. This is especially true if you have any kind of autoimmune disease or food allergies, whether you experience digestive issues or not.
How to maintain and restore a healthy gut
The most obvious first step in maintaining a healthy gut is to avoid all of the things I listed above that destroy gut flora and damage the intestinal barrier. But of course that’s not always possible, especially in the case of chronic stress and infections. Nor did we have any control over whether we were breast-fed as babies, were delivered through vaginal child birth, whether our fathers & mothers had healthy guts when they conceived us, or whether our mothers had healthy guts when they gave birth to us.
If you’ve been exposed to some of these factors, there are still steps you can take to restore your gut flora and live a healthy life:
EAT A WHOLE FOOD DIET AND REMOVE PROCESSED FOODS
Avoid all Genetically Modified Food AND eat ORGANIC when possible
Remove all food toxins from your diet
Eat plenty of fermentable fibers (starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.)
Eat fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc., and/or take a high-quality, multi-species probiotic
Treat any intestinal pathogens (such as parasites) that may be present
Take steps to manage your stress