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on January 3, 2017


It’s the beginning of the year so I thought it was only appropriate to start where health begins…

So where does health begin?  We can find all kinds of quotes from people like Hippocrates that state:

“All disease begins in the gut.”

If Hippocrates figured this out over 2,000 years ago, then why do so many people not look at the gut? Even today most doctors  will say that 70-80% of our immune system is found within our gut. Shouldn’t we be looking there for answers?

I believe the biggest problem is the lack of education on gut health from western medicine. We often take a pill or have something removed when symptoms begin to show. What we need to do is start taking care of our gut. There are many functional medicine doctors that have begun educating other doctors and teaching their clients more about gut health. There are also some excellent books out in the market on this very topic. One of my favorites is Digestion Connection by Elizabeth Lipski.

So what exactly is our gut?

Our gut is our digestive system. This system starts at the mouth and ends when we expel waste. We need our digestive system to work at its highest capacity because if it’s not working, then the healthiest of foods won’t be processed properly.

If most chronic health problems and weight gain leads back to the gut and the digestive system is one of the main roots of disease, it only makes since that health begins in the gut.

It All Begins In The Gut

How do we know if we have an optimal digestive system or an unhealthy gut?


Today, we are not going to get into the disease process, but after reading this list you might be thinking- my gut is unhealthy. You are not alone. Due to our Standard American Diet (SAD) most of us have some type of gut issue going on in our body. Let dis-ease be a sign that you need to start from the top and work on a few wellness strategies targeting the gut.

Optimal Digestion

If your digestive system is not working optimally to break down food properly, then this can cause a deficiency in the vitamins and minerals necessary for your body to burn fat efficiently. Studies have shown that micronutrient deficiency can cause as much as an 80% increase in the likelihood of becoming overweight or obese.

WHAT?  You mean being overweight could be more about malnutrition than overeating?  YEP!

Did you know  that if your gut is not digesting proteins properly that you can have a spike in blood sugar levels that also cause weight gain?

What about the popular term going around these days called “leaky gut”. What’s that?  If you have poor digestion, the walls in your stomach and or intestines become compromised and they begin to allow food particles to “leak” into the bloodstream. When these food particles enter the bloodstream your body views them as a foreign invader and begins to attack them. This creates inflammation and the body slows down other processes like fat burning. It is also what makes you have the appearance of being swollen and bloated.

Did you know  that if your digestive system is not working properly and eliminating waste that the waste continues to cycle through your body. Yuck! It’s kind of like never taking out the trash.

As you can see the digestive system is pretty important. So what can we do to help improve it?


All of these ways seem simple enough right. I know it’s not always easy to say “no” to sweets and “yes” to veggies, but doing so helps our gut and prevents an unhealthy gut.

Wellness Strategies with Young Living

Young Living has some awesome products that may help you support your digestive system daily. These are my top 5 daily products to support my digestive system.

NingXia Red  is a great way to get my fruits and antioxidants in every morning. Adding a drop of Peppermint Vitality  in my NingXia Red, tea or water is a powerful way to promote and enhance healthy intestinal function, along with overall healthy G.I. system comfort. Peppermint is celebrated for maintaining the efficiency of the digestive tract and supporting normal digestion.

Before meals I like to take Essentialzyme  to help improve and balance digestive health and to stimulate and improve enzymatic activity, reduce pancreatic stress, and support healthy pancreatic function. DiGize Vitality  is also part of my wellness routine.

Every evening I use Life 9,  which is a high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial bacteria strains that promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for overall support of a healthy immune system.

Taking care of our digestive system can be easy if we choose to take a few steps towards our wellness each and everyday. Ready to discover ways you can optimize your digestive system?  Click here 

Gut Health in January

  1. Love Your Guts! : Dr. April Morford and Sheena Edge, RN, BSN will be speaking on January 13th at a community forum called Extraordinary Wellness in 2017. This class will be a live event and recorded Live on Facebook.  Click here to attend class live or online.
  2. Gut Feelings:  Emotions play a big part in both our emotional and physical health. I will be teaching a FB Live Class  January 26, 2017 on how our emotions and gut are connected.  Click here to learn more.

Have an awesome January and remember it all begins in the gut!



Happy New Year,

Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator

I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.



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