name is Marilia
And through my own health journey I learnt that our physical and mental wellbeing is intrinsically connected to the health of our gut. Our digestive tract is our first point of contact with the external world, it protects us from external invaders and it is also where 70% of our immune system resides. Simply put, a healthy gut is the core foundation for a healthy body and a healthy mind.
I grew up with robust health, I was happy, cheerful, full of energy, and could eat and drink whatever I wanted without experiencing a single symptom of indigestion but all that changed after an episode of food poisoning, a slice of pizza that changed my life.
I developed a condition called Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome (PI-IBS) which affects 1 in every 9 people who suffer an episode of gastroenteritis. PI-IBS triggers autoimmune reaction due to a bacterial infection and causes gut nerve damaged and dysmotility; as a result, the gut becomes overly sensitive to a large number of foods. Due to the lack of knowledge at the time (that happened over a decade ago), my condition was left untreated as the only solution provided to me were indigestion tablets and antacids.
As I couldn't get to the root cause of my problem, years passed and my condition got worse - I not only had constant physical symptoms like severe bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, but I simply did not feel like myself. I couldn’t eat anything without feeling extremely unwell, had absolutely no energy, had zero ability to concentrate due to so much brain fog and suffered from inexplicable muscle pain and fatigue.
I did not see a light at the end of the tunnel and found myself in a position where I had to take control of my health. After nearly 7 years and a lot of independent research I finally connected the dots and that's how I fell in love with Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine.
As I now know, an imbalanced gut microbiome is the opening door to chronic and complicated health conditions and it is where most imbalances and dysfunctions start.
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