In this piece, functional medicine expert Dr. Will Cole, DC, explains how following the elimination diet can help heal your gut for optimal health. If you're interested in learning more, check out his course: The Elimination Diet: A 60-Day Protocol to Uncover Food Intolerances, Heal the Gut, and Feel Amazing.
Your gut is the very foundation to health. In fact, it's the place where about 80 percent of your immune resides. Naturally, as Hippocrates once suggested, "all disease begins in the gut."
Chronic digestive problems like IBS, constipation and autoimmune inflammatory bowel disorders impact an estimated 70 million people in America alone. And that's just diagnosed diseases—there are likely countless more who suffer with functional issues, such as chronic bloating and food intolerances.
But you don't have to be experiencing gut symptoms to have gut problems. In fact, underlying gut problems may be asymptomatic in the digestive system, but fuel issues elsewhere. In fact, some research suggests that many autoimmune diseases and hormonal problems have strong gut components.
Further, since your gastrointestinal system stores around 95 percent of your "happy" neurotransmitter serotonin, you need a healthy gut for an optimally healthy brain.