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It’s All in the Gut

by Rajgopal Nidamboor(more info)

listed in colon health, originally published in issue 264 - August 2020


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It’s all in the gut is a commonplace precept. It narrates the possibility construct within and outside of our intuitive compass. This isn’t gawking at our star-signs – in simple terms, our gut is the contextual junction between us and our world. To picture a case in point – the earthworm scuttles ever so unobtrusively through the soil, ingesting a tiny part – a fraction of which travels through its pint-sized body and transforms into a casting.

This is a remarkable natural enterprise. It extracts and adds rich value to the soil. You and I network in much the same way, the variance being of degree.


Nidamboor 264 Its All in the Gut


The food we all eat is integrated into our tissues –  the surplus is ousted. You get the point – our digestive tract corresponds to a temporary transit point for building blocks of energy, which may be used or stored for use. It reflects our temperament, too – including our larger personality that represents us. It showcases our own fertile ‘soil’, a complex web of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Such microorganisms, like everything that happens in our world, fight for territorial rights – including individual hegemony. They allude to the famed Darwinian maxim –  survival of the fittest.

Our life is a complete stage-show; it is complex and mutually dependent. You cannot, for instance, stub out a species to benefit the other. This holds good for our gut, too. If we promote just fungal forms in our gut, it hampers the presence of good bacteria at the cost of our well-being.

Do you know that bacteria  –  good and bad  –  are absolutely essential for the proper functioning of our gut? Just think of it – our digestive function could go erratic in the absence of such microbes. This, in turn, could affect normal assimilation of food and its nutrients.

There is yet another dimension to our gut  –  that it is all-embracing, also ahead, of our ‘gut feelings’. When we don’t take good care of our gut, no food can make us feel cheerful. Our palate leisurely goes into a state of bad taste.

This muddles our sense of what is right, or may not agree with our gut. We may gradually tend to forget what our gut, the seat of observation, knows best  –  more so, when it has moved into a state of confusion. Our ancients were wise. They not only espoused the harmonious foundation of eating right  –  or eating with meditative simplicity – but also amplified their wellness quotient and conscious awareness, while leading a gutsy life.

A version of this article appears in print on December 13, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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About Rajgopal Nidamboor

Rajgopal Nidamboor PhD FCCP M-CAM is a Board-Certified wellness physician, Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), Member of the Center of Applied Medicine (M-CAM), writer-editor, commentator, critic, columnist, author, and publisher. His special interests include natural health and wellness, mind-body/integrative medicine, nutritional medicine, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality. His focus areas also encompass contemporary research and dissemination of dependable information for people concerned about their health. He feels that it is increasingly gratifying to see most individuals, including physicians, thinking outside the box – especially in areas such as natural health, where the body knows best to heal itself from the inside out. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, Web articles, four books on natural health, two coffee-table books, a handful of E-books, a primer on therapeutics, and, most recently, Cricket Odyssey. He’s Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360, a mobile health application/platform, connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic, Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.  Rajgopal Nidamboor lives in Navi Mumbai, India. He may be contacted via 

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