Did you know that 75% of your immune system is in your gut? This means that an unhealthy gut leads to dysfunction somewhere elsewhere in your body. You may have already experienced digestive symptoms and discomfort resulting from this dysfunction. When this happens you may run to the pharmacy, your medical doctor, or a nutrition store and describe your symptoms. At all of these places, someone will recommend a product or medication and send you home. After this you may or may not feel better, and if you do, it is usually only for a short period of time. Soon enough, you will go back and try once again. Does this sound familiar? If so, it is time to get to the cause of your discomfort and stop placing a “bandage” on it.

An estimated 100 million people suffer from digestive issues, so if you are suffering, you certainly are not alone. The most common problems are reflux, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and allergies/intolerance/sensitivities to food. The main purpose of the digestive system is to extract nutrients from food, process nutrients small enough to be absorbed, and to eliminate waste products. It is also responsible for protecting your body from invaders such as microbes, toxins, and allergens that you might have encountered.

If your digestive system is out of balance, it may result in serious consequences throughout your entire body causing problems such as anxiety, acne, autoimmune diseases, dementia, food allergies, autism, and chronic fatigue.

If your system is bombarded with antibiotics, a low fiber-high sugar diet, anti-inflammatory drugs, stress, or undetected food allergies, eventually the lining of your gut will break down. This then leads to bacteria, toxins, undigested fat and protein, as well as metabolic waste products being leaked into your blood stream. Ultimately, these things circulating in your body can trigger an autoimmune reaction (your body’s immune system attacking the rest of your body) because it does not recognize these particles and “tags” them as invaders.

It is possible to have gut dysfunction but not have any symptoms associated with it. When our immune system is compromised (has been worn out over time), it can’t express what is going on in the body. However, if you consistently feel under the weather while having normal blood lab values, or just can’t lose weight, you may very well have underlying gut dysfunction. The biggest mistake made today is that gut function is rarely evaluated properly by health care providers.

The gut is a powerhouse that aids in health and well being. It is a necessity to have healthy gut function to experience true health. Here are the steps that need to be taken to ensure you are on the right path.

1. Eliminate all potential food allergens
2. Reduce inflammation
3. Replenish you gut with healthy bacteria

Masking the discomfort will only temporarily relieve the symptoms. You need to take the steps necessary to remove all foreign particles, reduce inflammation, decrease risk of disease, increase healthy bacteria, and find hidden food allergies. This is absolutely the best way to get on the path to living your life the way you were meant to live it!

Author's Bio: 

Crystal Shores has had such success in returning people to health because this is her passion. She does this by influencing a person’s body systems to work together, instead of manipulating just one aspect of their biochemistry. The whole body approach is what separates Crystal apart from other health care practitioners. She takes the necessary steps to evaluate what is truly happening in a person’s body, and designs a nutrition program based on their bodily function, and not a diagnosis.

While graduating at the top of her class Summa Cum Laude and completing a competitive Dietetic Internship, she followed her dream of being a business owner which gives her the opportunity successfully impact the lives of others as a Registered Dietitian. After her internship, she was introduced to Functional Medicine, and knew this was how she would realize her dream. She and her husband started what is known today as Dynamic Balance, which utilizes proven nutritional principles along with the cutting edge science of Functional Medicine to facilitate proper function within the human body.

Crystal is a dynamic and inspirational woman who has spent years educating herself and others on what true health is, and how to achieve it. She has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to make the necessary changes in a person’s life, because she has done it herself. She spent the majority of her 20’s having fun and chasing happiness through external means only to end up realizing that true joy comes from within. This realization came from experiencing pain and fear that no outside force could remove. The time came when she had to make the choice of what direction she wanted her life to take. When she stood at this fork in the road, she made the decision to go back to school to receive her second bachelor’s degree, in Dietetics. This ultimately led her to feed and nurture her body back to a healthy state. It is with this passion and dedication that she serves her clients to lead them to enjoy the health they deserve.

The road to health and well being is not always an easy one and it requires guidance and support. If it were easy, we would all be healthy. She hopes to guide others in achieving health from the inside out.