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Gut-Hormone-Connection

In today’s post, we’re going to dive into one of the most important hormones in your body… and why it’s usually depleted in people with gut health problems.

But first, we’re doing a ’2.5 Hour Gut-Hormone LIVE Event’ next month to help you get ‘unstuck’ from the one thing that’s probably preventing your gut from healing.  Click here to reserve your seat.

Now, it’s important for you to know this:

Low cortisol is the most common pattern we’ve seen in 100’s of labs from people with digestive problems.

It’s almost like an epidemic.  We have yet to work with someone suffering from digestive problems that doesn’t have varying degrees of low cortisol.

You might know about cortisol… many people call it the “The Stress Hormone,” saying it shouldn’t get too high.  And that is true, chronically elevated cortisol has its fair share of negative effects on the body.

But while everyone is pointing fingers at high cortisol for causing health problems, it’s becoming apparent to us that someone needs to look at the opposite side of this problem.

Because chronically low cortisol can be worse…

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Close-up of microorganism

We’ve been talking about gut infections a lot lately.  Why?

Because it’s the first place to look if you’ve done everything with diet and STILL don’t feel better.

Like 5 years ago, when I followed a STRICT diet of 7 foods and still struggled with diarrhea… until my stool test result came back with the words: “Strongyloides stercoralis

That’s the parasitic roundworm infection I had.

Once I treated the infection everything about my health changed.  It’s almost like I’d been driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break the whole time, and now my health was going 100 mph toward a beautiful horizon.

The parasite was there the whole time, wreaking havoc on my gut and preventing me from fully healing.  It was a big step in my healing journey… not the only one of course, but a huge leap forward.

And once we started working with 1-on-1 clients, I knew proper stool testing would be one of the most important steps toward helping our clients get healthy.

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Man in suit wearing gas mask reading newspaper on the toilet

You wouldn’t believe some of the poop pictures people email us.

I’ll spare you the details, but I’ve seen more poop selfie’s from people to last a lifetime.  Our team started putting disclaimers on these emails so we didn’t open them while eating ha ha.

But in all seriousness, I’m very happy these people are actually using their poop as a troubleshooting tool.  Many people don’t (or won’t), because talking about poop can be very weird in today’s culture.

But if we’re honest about it we can learn a lot from our poop.  If we actually stop and take a look in the toilet bowl, our poop can be a very real indication of our health on a regular basis.

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Limiting-Factors-Car-Analogy

Recently I was having a difficult conversation with a private 1-on-1 client about her diet… a conversation I hate to have, but many times it’s necessary.

She had started eating strict SCD, followed the meal plans to a “T”, and didn’t experience a reduction in her symptoms at all.  BUT… it almost drove her crazy when she passed on the same material to her 12-year old nephew with Crohn’s Disease who was bleeding during really bad flare.  Within three days the blood was gone and his Mom (her sister) was raving about the diet.

So why didn’t she see any benefit, but her nephew had a complete turnaround?

By the end of this article, you’re going to find out why (and get the entire difficult conversation we had that day).

While SCD seems to create incredible health improvements for certain types of people overnight, others find changing their diet doesn’t help at all, or maybe just a little.

So if you’re pouring time, energy, and money into this new way of eating and you’re not seeing results, I want to honor you for that.  While you’re not getting the results you hoped for, you’re also not making yourself sicker with food.  You’re laying the foundational support required to heal and the diet is working, just not how you expected.

So let’s go deeper into why you aren’t getting results and what’s holding you back.  Let’s answer the question: why does diet matter so much for some people and not so much for others?

It has everything to do with finding your ‘Limiting Factor’

The difficult conversation with my client started with the ‘Limiting Factor Analogy’ about cars.
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SIBO

As the real food movement continues to grow, more and more people are beginning to focus on the health of their gut by eating fermented foods and taking probiotics.

According to Global Industry Analysis, probiotic supplement sales have and will continue to raise about 6.8% for the next 5 years. Which means sales growth will soar from $27.9 billion in annual earnings to $44.9 billion. (1)

But what if your probiotic is actually hurting you?

Because if you have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), taking certain types of probiotics could be aggravating your gut symptoms.

And SIBO is much more common than you might think. In fact, a study from The American Journal of Gastroenterology published in 2003 showed that 84% of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) sufferers have SIBO. (2)
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