Is There A Frat Party In Your Gut?

Teen girl with bellyacheTruth be told, while I’ve been to a number of Frat Parties in my day, I never actually drank the beer.

That’s because I never acquired a taste for it – not even to this day.

(As you can imagine, I was the life of the party.)

Perhaps this was my body’s way of telling me that gluten wasn’t my friend – long before I knew the first thing about Celiac Disease or gluten-sensitivity.

As you likely know, Frat parties have a reputation for being a bit on the wild side, with lots of drinking and misbehavior.

So, what does a Frat Party in your gut look like?

The key word, here, is “misbehavior”.

With that in mind, let me share with you 3 things I’ve learned about my own body over the past year:

  • Yeast Overgrowth

Sounds like a Frat Party for sure, doesn’t it?

Well, here’s the thing.

When it comes to having adequate stomach acid, to properly digest a meal, most of us don’t produce enough once we get past a certain age.

And while this might seem like a normal part of getting older, it does NOT mean that aging has to equal suffering.

(In fact, so much of what society considers a “normal” part of aging, isn’t “normal” at all).

Back to your stomach acid – or lack thereof.

There are ways to test your levels of hydrochloric acid – or HCl, as it’s commonly referred to.

And there are also a number of things you can do to boost your stomach acid, and the health of your gut in general – and this is one of the primary areas I work on with my clients.

(My coach likes to call this “backing things up”).

Which brings us to the second item.

Are you familiar with the term “leaky gut? (If not, be sure to read this.)

The very words “leaky gut” sounds scary, I know. In fact, most of us probably recoil in horror – thinking “Leaky gut? No way – not me!”

Well, guess what?

The very fact that you have Celiac Disease, non-Celiac gluten-sensitivity or multiple food sensitivities means you probably do.

It’s actually very common – and a recognized cornerstone of autoimmune disease (of which Celiac Disease is one).

The medical term for leaky gut is “intestinal permeability”.

This is when over-sized molecules of undigested food particles ‘leak’ through your gut wall into the bloodstream – wreaking havoc along the way.

Your immune system then kicks into overtime, in an attempt to vanquish the unwelcome intruders.

An important note, here:  this does not mean that your immune system has gone haywire – quite the contrary.

Since the job of your Immune System is to protect you from anything that doesn’t belong in your body, it’s simply doing what it’s designed to do.

As for that last item – yeast overgrowth – I was initially very surprised.

Perhaps you already know that you have billions of bacteria and other microbes in your body – it’s like a separate eco-system living inside you.

Researchers today refer to this as your microbiome, which is another key player in maintaining your health.

According to Andrea Nakayama, of Replenish PDX, “Each of our microbiomes is an unique as our fingerprints.

After reading this, you may have decided there’s a bit of a frat party going on in your gut.

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