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Putting it All Together_Final

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>> Hello, and congratulations, you have made it to the end of the Gut Health Course. It has been a long journey. And your studying and participation have paid off. We've gone through a lot of material in this course. So give yourself a big pat on the back for making the commitment to learn more about gut health and following through on it all the way to the end. We hope that, by now, you are feeling like a gut genius. You've gained a deeper understanding of the digestive system and microbiome and how the function and health of your gut is connected to many other functions in the body. Learning all that you have, do you agree with Hippocrates that the gut is the root of all disease? Perhaps the gut is also at the root health, vitality, and even happiness? What do you think? One thing is for certain, we rely on the gut for many things. It digests our food, protects us from unwanted pathogens and is our largest sensory organ. Through the digestive tract, we let elements of the outside world pass through and into our bodies. Through this impressive canal, we take in the building blocks of life and stimulate the immune system. You can help your clients see that how we treat this passage way and the substances we choose to put into it have a big impact on our health on many levels. While we've covered many details in specific conditions, this is one of the key takeaway points that we hope you remember from this course. By helping your clients crowd out processed, chemical-laden, high sugar foods and replacing them with nutritious whole foods, you can help them start to feel better and improve their gut health regardless of why they came to see you in the first place. In this course, we talked about the three phases of digestion and the 30-foot journey our food takes from mouth to anus. We went over how the gut uses various enzymes and a combination of chemical and mechanical digestion to break down food into pieces that can be absorbed through the gut barrier as nutrients. Are you applying this information and sharing it with others? Sometimes just by describing the digestive process to clients, we can inspire them to develop a deeper appreciation for their bodies and the foods they eat. An understanding of how hard the body works for us can shift our perceptions or present an opportunity for elevated consciousness. Being able to picture the digestive tract in our minds can also provide practical benefits. Visualization can be a tool for healing. When we can picture our insides, we also have the opportunity to send it love and light and to envision it functioning optimally. You also learned a lot about one of the most exciting areas in science right now, the gut microbiome. Have you developed an appreciation for how our gut bacteria have evolved with us and how they help us get the most out of our food? Sharing with your clients how our resident microbes can provide all sorts of wonderful amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids, and other nutrients if we feed them right may inspire improved eating habits. Help your clients optimize their health through a diet rich in whole foods and vegetables and encourage them to experiment with fiber and fermented foods. Do you now see the body and the gut differently knowing that we are mostly made up of microbes? Has this given you a different lens for how to approach antibacterials and antibiotics? We're not suggesting to avoid either of these entirely, but it's helpful to understand the pros and the cons of our sterile modern lifestyle. Chronic digestive discomfort can make clients feel helpless as if their body has turned against them. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, you can empower your clients reminding them that they have a massive army of good guys on their side working to keep their bodies healthy. They already have this great microbiome resource available, they just need to learn how to treat it right. Can our interdependence on these microbes and nature change how we treat ourselves and one another? As we learn how things work together in an ecosystem, it might encourage us to consider the interconnectedness of systems and how we relate to the world around us. There's an opportunity here for a paradigm shift, and gut health is at the center of it. In this course, we explored a variety of common conditions of the gut. Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, celiac disease, food allergies and intolerances, candida, SIBO, and acid reflux conditions. You now know the causes and symptoms of these conditions and how to properly support clients who have these from within your scope of practice as a Health Coach. If you feel like your head is spinning from trying to remember so many definitions and lists, don't worry. Remember, you can always go back and review your notes. More importantly, the key takeaway point from learning about all of these conditions wasn't to memorize everything so that you can diagnose or heal your clients. The point is to be able to understand and support your clients. You are now better equipped to listen deeply when clients talk about their gut health concerns and help them become more self-aware. You're also ready to be an advocate for your clients and to empower them to seek various avenues of healthcare including lab tests, probiotics, and alternative medications. Knowing that 70% to 80% of the immune system resides in the gut, you also know that oftentimes, health conditions that may seem irrelevant to the gut actually have their roots in the digestive tract. The gut and its role in immunity just may be the key to unlocking some of the answers to autoimmune diseases. The gut-brain connection, which you learned about, has unveiled the connection between mental health and gut health. The vagus nerve is like the telephone line that connects the gut and the brain so the two systems can communicate. You can help your clients strengthen this connection by regularly engaging in activities to improve vagal tone. As research continues to uncover how the gut communicates with the brain, we may gain more insight into how what we eat affects our mood and our mental health. In the meantime, help your clients tune into how they feel after they eat and figure out which foods have the biggest impact on their moods. You're also now aware of how the endocrine system and its hormones are closely intertwined with the gut. We went over the gut-thyroid axis and how thyroid conditions are often correlated with many gut issues such as celiac disease, leaky gut, heartburn, and SIBO. The thyroid can be like a warning system, the canary in the coal mine. When resources are low, the thyroid down-regulates many functions trying to conserve resources. Do your clients with thyroid conditions experience gut disturbances? Can you help them piece together their puzzle with the help of their doctor? We also talked about the interaction between estrogen and the gut. The estrobolome, or the bacteria that digests estrogen, have the capability to reactivate or deactivate estrogen including xenoestrogens from plastic in the environment which can overload our system and lead to estrogen dominance. Supporting your clients as they work to restore balance to their hormones and helping them avoid excess xenoestrogens in their daily lives are indirect but powerful ways to help strengthen gut health. At the intersection of these systems, the gut, the brain, and hormones, you learned how powerful stress is at creating dysfunction and disease. If you remember one thing from this course to improve the health of their gut other than helping clients improve their diet, it's to help them manage and alleviate their stress. This is so critical. And at one of these places, you can step in and offer your support where a doctor may not have time. Speaking of doctors, we included a module on how to work with other treatment providers. When working with clients who have gut health concerns, it's critical that you act as a liaison between them and their doctor encouraging them to get proper care and treatment. Your clients may be seeking support and solutions beyond conventional medicine, which is why we took the time to approach gut health from the lenses of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and Herbalism. It can be useful to connect with your clients on gut health using a different vocabulary or perspective than the traditional, emphasizing alignment with the cycles of nature and the elements around them can be a refreshing change of pace. Clients with a history of gut health issues may have bounced from doctor to doctor in the past feeling frustrated when no one could help them or answer their questions. Being able to understand where they're coming from and connecting with them about various ideas, practitioners, and modalities can help some clients feel empowered for the first time. Another area you can support your clients in is weight management and blood sugar balancing. During this course, we explored how blood sugar and obesity often go hand-in-hand and are correlated with serious yet preventable conditions like diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Excess body fat can cause inflammation which is not only an issue in and of itself but is linked to a variety of gut health issues. The hormones that regulate our appetite affect and are affected by blood sugar which can make it hard for some individual to gain or lose weight. It was commonly believed for decades that too much dietary fat was responsible for weight gain, but we are seeing that the quality of foods and the amount of refined carbs and sugars we eat may be the real issue. A healthy lifestyle can go a long way when it comes to promoting physical wellness. There are several popular theories that exist regarding how the body loses and gains weight. Regardless of which theory you or your clients subscribe to, helping your clients eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly can do more good than calorie restriction. Knowing what you've learned in this course, how can you help your clients sustain healthy habits over time rather than jumping from one crash diet to another. Speaking of diet, you've learned through this course, that there is no universal healing diet for the gut and that bio-individuality reigns supreme. We discussed diets that promote gut healing like GAPS, low FODMAP, the body ecology diet, and the specific carbohydrate diet, as well as general guidelines that commonly support individuals of various conditions. But when it comes down to it, each client will do best with a diet that supports their unique needs and goals. Clients with gut conditions should work with their doctor and the nutritionist to come up with a new plan, help clients get creative with the foods that they eat, teach them how to prepare meals, obtain maximum nutrients, and learn to identify foods that trigger and irritate them. You are ready to get out there and do this. Most importantly, remember to hold space, to listen to and support your clients. It can be very frustrating for them to find that their symptoms cannot be cured entirely by diet or knowing that this is a trial and error process. Frustration can manifest as a feeling of hopelessness that no matter what they do, they don't seem to feel better. Take the time to really listen to your clients and make them feel heard. Remind them that they're not alone. It can also be helpful to connect them to others that share the same struggle, whatever that might be. Clients who are interested in supplements, herbs, and probiotics and their dosages should always clear these with their doctor. If a client has the green light to proceed, you will then be able to help them identify quality products and become informed consumers. You're also now well-equipped to talk to your clients about environmental toxins and how they can be harmful to gut health. You may feel intimidated and want to learn more before you act, but remember, there are so many people who can benefit from the information you already have. You only need to be one step ahead of someone else to help them. Can you help your clients ditch their plastic water bottle habit? Switch to natural household cleansers, swap out their conventional skincare for organic products. Think about ways you can present this information to clients to make change feel doable. And then help celebrate their victories, even the small ones. You're ready to help your clients achieve greater health and strengthen their gut in so many ways, from natural detoxification to cooking with herbs, spices, and polyphenol-rich foods. You can help your clients crowd out bad habits with healthy alternatives step by step. How will you choose to apply this information? There are so many wonderful opportunities to share with your clients. What was your favorite part of the course? What impacted you the most and what inspired you? What have you learned or experienced that might change your work with your clients? Even after this course ends, we encourage you to keep journaling and clarifying your goals, intention, inspirations, and observations. The future is exciting. And this is a great time to be involved in gut health. We may be on the brink of scientifically explaining what many ancient healing modalities have intuitively known to be true for centuries. As genomics allows researchers to explore the microbiome further, we stand to gain an even greater understanding of the way our digestion works. Hot topics to watch and developing research on gut health will be how gut microbes affect inflammation, our immune system, and the brain. Probiotics, prebiotics, postbiotics, and polyphenols are all expected to gain in popularity in mainstream wellness. As a Health Coach, knowing what these are and how to identify quality products makes you a great resource. As the medical community learns more about the dangers of repeated antibiotic use on the microbiome, there may be more of an emphasis on prevention and alternatives and deemphasis on overreliance of antibiotics and over-sanitizing. You'll have a very important role to play in supporting medical professionals in prevention and natural healing. The agricultural industry may also begin to look at their food and growing processes differently including the amount of pesticides and herbicides used. Living in a time of fast innovation, we now have an opportunity to see where we might need to course correct. There's also a steady movement underway for natural products free of toxins and harsh chemicals. If these areas interest you, this is a great time to get involved. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, you are poised to be an advocate, a voice for your community as well as the leader to educate those around you. In the years to come, an understanding of the gut microbiome may lead to the emergence of more personalized solutions as it becomes accepted that everyone digests and breaks down food and drug treatments differently. We've always known bio-individuality is key. But now we may learn more about why and how to measure it. That is exciting. You're at the forefront of a powerful movement. And you now possess a great deal of knowledge about the key to optimal health. This course was intended to start a conversation and provide a general basic framework to explore gut health at a holistic bio-individual level. Remember, there's no magic formula. And your job as a Health Coach is not to know all the answers but to support your clients. With the field of gut health always evolving, there's always more to learn. So don't wait to get out there and help others. You do know enough. And you are ready right now to help your clients improve their digestion and build up their microbiome. We encourage you to apply what you've learned and spread the ripple effect. Continue to connect with your classmates and keep us posted as your journey continues to unfold. Thank you so much for joining us on this journey. We look forward to celebrating with you during your graduation webinar. Goodbye for now.

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