Assessing Dysregulation of Gut Functions
Our viscera are our human attribute most closely related to living tissue which we share with all living things. Dysregulation of our viscera will globally influence our physiological and neurological functions. For example, there is a strong correlation between skin issues and gut function. Also, there is a strong correlation between gut dysbiosis and cognitive capabilities (think of a kid on too much sugar). Gut dysbiosis is sectioned with behavioral issues only because this is the most obvious expression of dysregulation. An informative overview of this issue can be found on this NPR webpage which includes a lovely short video:
ASSESSING GUT DYSREGULATION
It has only been within the last 15 years or so that the foundational influence that gut health plays in our global wellbeing has been well researched. This topic is, therefore, a fast-changing area where new information continues to fill out the picture, making this section on assessing gut function obsolete. Regardless, a few established techniques for checking gut health are described here:
SKIN ISSUES: Rashes and other skin issues are suggestive of gut dysbiosis.
RESTRICTING GLUTEN/DAIRY/SUGARS: It is common to notice changes in behavior within a week. Eliminate only one of these at a time.
CHECKING FOR TENDERNESS AND SWELLING OF THE VISCERA:
ISSUES WITH ELIMINATION:
Here is a section on common techniques to improve gut health. All of them work, but because gut issues vary (bacterial vs. yeast overgrowth/gluten sensitivity, etc.) some techniques will have more relevance than others. It is recommended to experiment with these to find the combination most beneficial. It is best to try no more than one or two of these at a time:
METHODS FOR IMPROVING GUT FUNCTION
HAIR TRACE MINERAL ANALYSIS