It’s been 2000 years since Hippocrates mentioned it and finally, we are listening again. "All disease begins in the gut" is as true today as when it was first said. When disease strikes, the gut should be the first place we suspect, not the last. It can be responsible for minor upsets to catastrophic life conditions.
Body pain, diarrhea, constipation, exhaustion, bloating, abdominal discomfort, joint pain, anxiety, concentration lapses, memory lapses, depression, hyperactivity, fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin rashes, gluten intolerance, numbness, tingling, vaginal infections, nail infections, urinary distress and autoimmune diseases are the most recognizable symptoms of an upset gut. These complaints are common, yet, are rarely recognized as poor gut health. Because symptoms of an unhealthy gut are not on everyone's radar, they are usually misdiagnosed and medicated improperly.
Gut disturbances take time to manifest. They can become so familiar to us, over decades of brewing, that they go unnoticed for years. Finally, when true illness takes up residency, we look elsewhere for the cause, never suspecting the gut.
Diagnosis of fibromyalgia, chronic illness or autoimmune conditions are among the usual misdiagnoses. The initial reaction is to medicate the symptoms which can add to the issues by allowing them to evolve and persist.
The usual culprits to suspect with gut issues are candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome. Both are instigated by poor diet and wage war on the body. Understanding these two possibilities could save you years of discomfort and searching.
The good news is, the gut can be healed and made peaceful again. The varying symptoms and fatigue can be solved. The body pain can be managed and normal life can be restored. The bad news is that the solution is in life changes and a clean diet, not a pill. Your belly is sick from what you've fed it. When it rebels, it is demanding a cleaner life.
Before accepting a diagnosis for these symptoms make sure your troubles aren't being manufactured by your gut. You cannot medicate yourself out of gut issues. It takes changing behaviors and diet.