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Great Gut-pectations

Editor’s Note: Biohacker, cellular-level expert and live blood analyst and detox specialist Anthony Beven, owner of Detox Day Spa, will be featured on “The Dr. Nandi Show,” on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m. on WXYZ Channel 7.

Our gut is everything. It’s where 80% of our immunity resides, and approximately 70% of the serotonin and dopamine (A.K.A. neurotransmitters) are produced in the gut and used by the brain. If the gut if off, the entire body is out-of-balance. We get fat, particularly in our mid-section; we experience low energy and sleep disruption; and concentration and focus is affected.

Home to 100 trillion microorganisms, collectively known as the ‘microbiota,’ the gut’s primary function is the digestion, absorption of nutrients and the excretion of waste (in coordination with the liver and kidneys). However, it also has a major influence on both the development and function of the immune system, as well as gut-brain communications.

Ever have a gut feeling that something is wrong with your gut? Not having good gut health is detrimental to overall health, and people might not fully grasp how to tell if their gut isn’t functioning properly. Gut health is a complicated topic to address, so pay close to attention here; there’s a lot to go over.

There is a definite connection between the brain and the gut, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The nervous system in the gut communicates with the brain, essentially giving the body two brains to enhance overall health. Both the brain and digestive system communicate through the nervous system, hormones and the immune system.

Having issues with the gut or digestive system can absolutely have a negative effect on brain functions. People with gastrointestinal problems often have anxiety and stress, and some seek out psychologists or psychiatric professionals to help deal with these issues when their gut issues are the real culprit. Unless you deal with the gut, the other issues will always persist.

Here are some signs that you have an unhealthy gut:

  • Digestive problems. Symptoms like bloating, gas or diarrhea are signs that your gut isn’t healthy. Bad GI bacteria, candida, parasites and other cell debris not natural to the body can live inside the intestines, stomach and colon, causing issues with the digestive system.
  • Desire for sugar. Bacteria in the gut can produce proteins that affect food cravings and mood. As a result, the presence of the bacteria enhances the desire to eat harmful foods they thrive on such as sugar. More consumption of sugar leads to more production of the proteins bacteria like, which makes people crave sugar further.
  • Bad breath. Halitosis, which is another term for chronic bad breath, can be caused by improper gut flora linked to kidney infections and diabetes.
  • Food allergies. One of the most important functions of the gut is to prevent bad substances from entering the body. When there is a leaky gut, protein molecules that aren’t supposed to be outside of the gut go into the bloodstream, causing the body to attack them via an immune response. When this occurs, food intolerances are the result.
  • Mood issues. There are hormones that enhance happiness called serotonin and dopamine, and gut deficiencies affect your ability to use those hormones. As a result, the odds of experiencing anxiety, mood swings or depression increase.
  • Skin problems. Eczema is a common allergic skin disease that is caused by food intolerances and sometimes driven by an immune response within the gut.
  • Autoimmune diseases. These are diseases such as diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, Multiple sclerosis, lupus, thyroid disease and inflammatory bowel disease that all can be caused by gut dysfunction.

There are multiple ways to improve gut health, and they include taking quality supplements, such as probiotics and digestive enzymes, altering your diet to paleo or vegan, and incorporating key essential oils that aid with digestive health, such as peppermint. However, it’s best to work with a nutritional specialist to guide you through the process, otherwise you can spend unnecessary time and money on failed efforts.

Typical cell debris that cause gut issues, include candida overgrowth, parasites, L-form bacteria (A.K.A. sugar bacteria) and more. These types of cell debris turn off key cellular-level functionality inside of the body, such as absorption of key nutrients and minerals, cause severe cravings and overgrow causing organ issues, such as reproductive concerns, vaginal infections and UTIs within women.

Are you seeking to identify the cellular-level issues causing your gut dysfunction? We can assist with a live blood analysis consultation. Call (248) 791-3936. Visit

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