Dr. Julia’s Inn: Gut health and healthy immune system

Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz

By Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

While in New York City, I recently met Dr. Lamm, M.D., who believes that if your gut is not working properly, you can’t be healthy. If Dr. Lamm had his way, gut health would have the same attention as heart disease and Alzheimer’s does. Ninety million Americans have gastrointestinal problems, and this I see every day in my practice, with my specialty being colon irrigation.

What I see is that people abuse their gut and take for granted their health until they are told they now have a devastating disease. What I truly try to do at Dr. Julia’s Inn is to get people back in touch with their gut and on the path to better digestion, which, in turn, is ultimate health. When your gut is healthy, you are healthy.

People ask me every day, “Why is my gut so vital to my health?” It is very simple: 70 percent of your immune system is in your large intestine. When your large intestine is healthy, your immune system is healthy. There is no such thing as an auto-immune disease when you have wonderful gut health. Not only is the gut where nutrients are absorbed, it is the center of the immune system.

The most common signs of unhealthy gut are bloating, gas, acid reflux, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, fatigue, mood swings, depression and arthritis, which can all stem from poor gut health. Just because you eat something does not mean that you are digesting it. If you have food allergies to certain foods and continue to eat these foods, then you are not digesting them. The human gut was perfectly adapted to fresh fruit, greens and wild game. It is not adapted to potato chips, microwave dinners, soft drinks, processed foods and foods that are pumped with fats, sugars, salts and preservatives. Too little sleep, medications, stress and anxiety all take a toll on our gut.

To heal our gut, we need to clean the diverticular pockets through colon hydrotherapy and eat more natural foods such as raw fruits and vegetables. It is also very important to eliminate foods that trigger your allergies and foods that do not have any nutritional value. There are certain supplements that I highly suggest to my patients to help with gut health. These supplements are: probiotic, digestive enzymes, essential fatty acids and Vitamin D.

Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in Colon Hydrotherapy. She is celebrating her 13th year cancer free by not doing the chemical therapy and radiation. You may read her story at www.drjuliasinn.net. To find out if you have food allergies that are affecting your gut health, call her Rockford office at (815) 962-3326 to make an appointment.

From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue

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