Remember that old spiritual song, “Dem Bones”? “The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone, the foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone….”

So it is in health and wellness; everything is related to something else.

For example, a good B complex with quality cobalamin can calm stress and enhance energy. But the B vitamin needs co-factors to operate optimally.

The B’s need each other as well as vitamin C, which needs minerals like magnesium, which needs choline to penetrate the cells.

Vitamins D and A are synergistic but need quality fat, which is broken down by bile, which needs the liver. You get the idea.

For the average person, this type of micro-managing fosters anxiety. And anxiety hurts your digestive tract. (Sigh.)

The human body-mind-soul is a miraculous instrument if we give it proper fuel and have a good microbiome and intact digestive system. But most of us don’t.

And what do I mean by “microbiome”?

“Microbiome” is a fancy term for gut bacteria, both good and bad. The good news is, internally, the good guys always triumph over the bad. In the colon, life is fair!

The microbiome and digestive canal can be damaged by many events: poor quality food, glyphosate-sprayed crops, stress, sugar and antibiotics, to name a few.

A growing list of disorders tentatively are tied to poor bowel integrity and gut biome, including inflammation, fatigue, allergies, asthma, psoriasis, auto immune problems, anxiety and depression. In any case, it wouldn’t hurt to repopulate good bacteria in your gut to see if your health improves.

Try starting here:

  • Eat only organic food, or better, buy directly from farmers to ascertain that no toxic chemicals are used on the crops.
  • Take a quality probiotic that contains 20 billion organisms, a pre-biotic (inulin or FOS), and at least 12 different strains of bacteria. (Taking just one, like acidophilus, is like eating a carrot a day and no other vegetables.) When you finish that bottle, buy a different brand to introduce a new variety of microbes.
  • Consume fermented foods; they contain good bugs. Try kimchee, sauerkraut, pickles without sugar or dye, Greek style organic yogurt without sugar – full-fat please, no skim anything. (Remember, the vitamins need fat to work.)

Help your poor, abused colon and your very in-vogue microbiome will power up exponentially.

As always, this is not intended as medical advice. Please check with your doctor before starting a new regime.

Chris Wave ND, RN is a certified natural health practitioner, certified nutritional microscopist, and master herbalist practicing at Just Be Centre.