The Role of Gut Health in Overall Health

By Kelly Tingler, PA-C

What if I told you that there are billions of bacteria living in your body… and it was a good thing?!?

At Faithfully Guided the gut is often the place we start with our clients who are experiencing a number of issues, from anxiety/depression to an autoimmune condition (where the body’s immune system attacks itself instead of outside invaders).  

We start here because researchers are finding overall health of our bodies is very closely link to the health of our gut.  

Much of our gut health goes back to the quantity and variety of our gut microbiome.  The microbiome are the millions of bacterial microorganisms that live inside our colon and help us digest, absorption, and protect our gut.  That includes both the good and bad bacteria that live inside our digestive tract.

Many things influence our gut microbiome – firstly, the food we eat can greatly influence it.  Depending on the types of food we consume we are either feeding the good or bad bacteria.

The good microorganisms like to feed on fiber – also known as pre-biotics.  You find fiber in fruits, vegetables and some type of whole grain.  

Another thing that influences our microbiome is how many antibiotics we’ve taken in our lives.  Antibiotics kill off both the good and bad bacteria, so it’s important to replenish those we’ve lost after taking a course, and desperately try to avoid antibiotics when possible.  Lastly, the way we born directly influences what types of bacteria live in and on our bodies from day 1 of birth.  That’s why we always ask our clients whether they were born via c-section or natural delivery.  

Whether or not you were breastfed also influences the variety of our microbiome.

Take a look at this short video that goes into more detail about our gut microbiome and come see us at Faithfully Guided if you feel like your gut health could use some help!

Featured Service: Christian Mental Health Counseling & Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling


Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling is the foundation from which Faithfully Guided Health Center was built. Co-Founder Jamie Schofield, M.A. spearheads a team of qualified licensed clinical pastoral and Christian mental health counseling professionals who provide Christian marriage counseling, individual counseling and family counseling.

Each pastoral / Christian counselor specializes in Temperament Therapy.  This biblically-based counseling approach focuses on addressing source issues vs. outer symptoms.  This model is proven to be 90% effective in helping people enhance their relationships with God, their family and friends, and the community.

Some of the issues that pastoral and clinical Christian counseling address include identity and spiritual development, anger, bullying, coping, conflict resolution, abuse, depression, grief, anger, fear, stress, codependency and more.  We even offer premarital and blended family counseling.

Our pastoral and Christian counseling experts are exceptionally qualified and have extensive experience with Christian marriage counseling, family counseling and individual counseling:

  • Jamie Schofield, M.A.
  • Dave Scott, M.A.
  • Antoinette (Toni) Johnson, M.A., LMCH Registered Intern
  • Stephanie G. Smith, LMHC

The beauty of Faithfully Guided Health Center is that we can refer to our clients to in-house services we feel are beneficial.  For instance, a pastoral or clinical Christian counseling client who is experiencing significant stress may find our Holy yoga classes or fitness classes to be beneficial.  Having in-house instructors for both our fitness classes and holy yoga classes also makes scheduling more convenient.

Are you seeking clinical pastoral counseling, Christian marriage counseling, individual counseling or family counseling?  If so, give us a call to schedule your confidential initial consultation.

Join the 2019 Daniel Plan Challenge!

Daniel Plan Challenge

For six weeks, we will be focusing on The Daniel Plan’s five health essentials—faith, food, fitness, focus and friends—much like our five pillars of health here at FGHC.

Get ready! We’re rolling out the challenge on Sunday, January 6 at the first weekly group meeting at Faithfully Guided Health Center at 5:30pm. Bring your spouse, a co-worker or a few friends to join you in this health challenge. We’re offering it as a free service to the community, and all you need to do is purchase is The Daniel Plan book (available on Amazon).

So, what exactly is the goal of The Daniel Plan Challenge? The primary goal of this challenge is to help you develop a healthier, sustainable lifestyle in all five essential areas (faith, food, fitness, focus and friends). Is there a better way to start 2019? We don’t think so!

Following our first group meeting on January 6, we will continue hosting weekly group meetings throughout the six-week challenge to provide you with resources, encouragement, community and support for your efforts and ours. We will have two meeting times each week—Sunday at 5:30pm and Tuesday at 8:30am—so you can pick the one that best fits your schedule.

Let’s walk together through this journey to a healthier life. Be sure to join our challenge group on Facebook and to follow our hashtag #FGHCdanielplan on Instagram for updates.

See you soon!