When MetLife posted a gut health blog in December, it seemed this healthy trend was gaining the main stream attention it deserves.  MetLife's message:  "Ensuring your employees have a healthy gut microbiome can lead to a happier, healthier workforce with a lower incidence of both acute and chronic illnesses."
Whether employer or employee, it's time to pay attention.   Your gut is literally your second brain and studies are revealing dramatic health and psychiatric implications of a dysfunctional digestive tract.

FYI: Maxis Study  “Gut Health: focusing on our inner economy” 

Our gut microbiota play a vital role in our physical and psychological health via a neural network: the enteric nervous system (ENS), a complex system of about 100 million nerves found in the lining of the gut.14 The ENS is sometimes called the 'second brain', and it actually arises from the same tissues as our central nervous system (CNS) during fetal development. Therefore, it has many structural and chemical parallels to the brain. In a miraculously orchestrated symphony of hormones, neurotransmitters, and electrical impulses through a pathway of nerves, both 'brains' communicate back and forth.14. The ENS produces a lot of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells, as well as about 95% of our serotonin and half of our dopamine.

In other words, there is a connection between your mental and physical health and your gut health.  You truly are what you eat … and while this phrase first emerged in the 1800's, it seems the evidence to support it is finally here.

As a business owner, how seriously should you take MetLife’s information?  Read their study here. I’d take it very seriously, by starting with your own gut.  
 If you're the leader of your organization, then taking control over your own mental and physical well-being is critical to the success of your company.  Then champion the cause with your employees. 

Need more convincing? Here is a quick case study...meet Yogi.

Two years ago, we rescued a mange infested English bulldog.  He’d received a very bad diet and was placed in a high stress training environment.  His immune system was shot ~ as a result, he couldn’t fight off the mites infecting his skin.  The only medical remedy was a high dose equivalent of heart worm medicine given daily for a period of up to 3 months.  
We decided to fix his gut instead and reduce his stress.  He received all natural, raw food including probiotics and prebiotics, such as Jerusalem root.  He did receive a few treatments of acupuncture … no joke, to see him, you’d have done it too! With lots of love and a corrected digestive system,  within weeks, he had complete control over the mange without use of any medication.  If it works for a dog, imagine the impact a healthy gut can have on all of us.

Wondering how to start?   First order of business, stop eating anything that contains ingredients you can’t pronounce.  Find yourself a great nutritionist and determine what works best for you!  Then consider offering sessions to your employees ~ and stock the office fridge with Kombucha tea!

Note: My nutritionist is Danielle Delaquilla ~ Eagle Vision Nutritian

In closing, here is a list of 'healthy' things I've incorporated into my life that I feel are making a difference.
(1)    Brew my own Kombucha tea.
(2)    Drink bone broth.
(3)    Eat prebiotics.
(4)    Limit processed carbs
(5)    Supplement with vitamins B, D, Magnesium, Curcumin
(6)    Half a lemon, a shot of apple cider vinegar with honey in tea.
(7)     Joined a gym.  Exercise daily!

The benefit?  I have an incredibly healthy digestive track, have trimmed down, and  experience far fewer ailments.  I hope I'm benefiting from all that MetLife's article highlights, including fending off cancer and other diseases.