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Health Begins in the Digestive Tract

Julie Vecera

Acupuncturist, Nutritionist and Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner
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Did you know that digestion begins in the mouth? So chew, chew, chew!

The salivary juices in the mouth begin the break down of the food which is important as to not create extra work for the stomach. Did you also know that at least 75% of our immune system is in the gut? So a bad diet = a weak immune system.

Our gut health is so important for our overall health. If the bacteria becomes unfriendly and too inflammatory then we are prone to diseases, such as, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, depression, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, etc.

Over time our gut health can be affected by things such as refined carbs, sugar, processed foods, medication, antibiotics, toxins, infections and even stress. Keeping the gut ‘flora’ healthy and in balance is critical for gut health. We have around 100 trillion micro organisms in our gut! Crazy! We are actually more bacteria than we are human – if you look at the number of cells in the body as compared to the amount of bacteria (10x more bacteria than cells!)

When gut flora and bacteria are unhealthy then the body becomes inflamed. Considering that only some people are directly affected with actual gut symptoms when things aren’t right, we don’t always know when it’s time to act. The inflammatory response from a bad gut can show up as heart failure, depression, eczema, psoriasis, obesity, autoimmune diseases, asthma and many more.

So why am I rambling on about the ‘gut’, well not just because it affects your entire well-being, but because it’s relative to fertility, if there’s inflammation in the gut then there’s likely to be inflammation in the reproductive tracts. The vaginal microflora is important. The absence, or in some cases, presence of certain strains of bacteria can affect the vaginal microbiome. We need to create a friendly environment in order to avoid a hostile one.

Simple tips for gut health include:

  • remove toxins
  • eat fermented foods
  • take a good probiotic
  • avoid sugar, processed foods, too many grains and too much animal protein
  • manage stress

Dr Julie Rani Vecera is a Chinese Medical Practitioner, Nutritional Advisor and Acupuncturist. She is available for private consultations in various locations in Melbourne or via Skype. For more information please contact or

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