Why Gut Health Matters: Illustrated [INFOGRAPHIC]

This is the last segment of the Why Gut Health Matters series, but today I’m not sharing new information with you; I’m simply sharing it all in a different way — a shareable way! While 6-weeks of blog posts couldn’t possibly cover every detail of how the gut affects the other systems of the body, I feel like we’ve covered a lot in our time together, and my biggest hope is that what you’ve learned will inspire change in how you perceive your health — and what you might do to improve it. 

The Final Step

I want this post to seal the deal for those on the fence about taking action in the name of their health — whether it’s mental health, autoimmunity, skin health, weight, or general digestive troubles. I want to convert the unbelievers, and I want to encourage evangelism to those willing to spread the word!

So I’ve created an infographic that I hope will do the trick. I’ve simplified the message of the last 6 weeks into an illustration that drives the point home: Inflammation is at the root of all disease, and a healthy gut is the first step to solving it. I hope you’ll share this with your friends and family and encourage them to check out the series, which is posted in its entirety as a page in the menu bar on the main CWB home page. It’s all the way to the left — please share it!  

Why Gut Health Matters Infographic

Why Gut Health Matters

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Sources for the entirety of this series include a 6-credit continuing education seminar presented by Merrily Kuhn, RN, CCRN (r), PhD, ND, PhD and the Institute of Brain Potential (bibliography and references can be viewed here), and information from the following articles, journals, and experts:

Stokes JH, Pillsbury DH (1930) The effect on the skin of emotional and nervous states: theoretical and practical consideration of a gastrointestinal mechanism. Arch Dermatol Syphilol 1930, 22:962-93

Ketron LW, King JH: Gastrointestinal findings in acne vulgaris. JAMA 1916, 60:671-75 

http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1757-4749-3-1.pdf 

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2008.0495

http://www.theactivetimes.com/sitting-new-smoking-7-ways-sedentary-lifestyle-killing-you?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=sitting

http://www.consultantnutritionist.com/General-Health-Nutrition/Traditional-Bone-Broth-in-Modern-Health-and-Disease.html

http://chriskresser.com/naturally-get-rid-of-acne-by-fixing-your-gut

http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1757-4749-3-1.pdf

http://wageningenacademic.metapress.com/content/0u3x16807123w358/#.VNq_SrB4qXw

http://healthandstyle.com/health/gut-may-causing-bad-skin/

http://docsdrive.com/pdfs/ansinet/jms/0000/57615-57615.pdf

http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/7/5/410.pdf

http://journals.lww.com/jcge/Abstract/2014/11001/Skin_Microbiome_and_Skin_Disease__The_Example_of.23.aspx

http://www.thecandidadiet.com/candidasymptoms.htm

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/ghrelin_hunger_hormone_activated_fatty_foods_not_your_empty_stomach

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-fat

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bies.201400146/full

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01537589

http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Enteric_nervous_system

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/07/what_is_dopamine_love_lust_sex_addiction_gambling_motivation_reward.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/vitamin-b12-and-depression/faq-20058077

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16648320

http://psycheducation.org/treatment/bipolar-disorder-light-and-darkness/light-therapies-for-depression/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-bacteria-may-exacerbate-depress/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-tryptophan?page=2 

http://gut.bmj.com/content/early/2014/04/29/gutjnl-2013-306541.abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15911167

http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v13/n10/abs/nrn3346.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3228987/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016508509003461

http://physiologyonline.physiology.org/content/13/4/189

http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/180/2/99.full

Dr. Tom O’Brian: http://thedr.com/ 

Dr. Mark Hyman: http://drhyman.com/

Chris Kresser: http://chriskresser.com/

Dr. Sara Gottfried: http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/

Jordan and Steve from the SCD Lifestyle: http://scdlifestyle.com/

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5 thoughts on “Why Gut Health Matters: Illustrated [INFOGRAPHIC]

  1. Toni, this is an excellent chart and explanation of how our entire health and wellbeing is connected to…..the Gut. Thank you for posting.

    • Thanks Lori! I hope you pass along what you’ve learned. I don’t think many people think to connect these dots (especially many doctors), and their health suffers as a consequence.

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