Understanding your Body
The gateway to health, vitality, & happiness is through
By Jeanine Toes, Novo Wellness for Life
My name is Jeanine Toes. I am
the proud owner of Novo
Wellness for Life and a Board
Certified Holistic Health Coach.
I help people to detoxify their
bodies, learn how to eat healthy
foods, and improve their
digestive function. Today, you
are going to find out why
digestion is so important to your
The importance of
ü The beauty of your body, your skin, and your
hair depend on the health of your gut.
ü The health of your immune system depends
on the health of your gut.
ü The health of your mind depends on the
health of your gut.
ü Today, we explore why your gut is the
doorway to ultimate health.
“A well-functioning gut with healthy gut flora
holds the roots to our health. And, just as a tree
with stick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of
the body cannot thrive without a well-
functioning digestive system”
- Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
ü Digestion begins in the
mouth and continues
through the esophogus,
stomach, small intestines,
ü The goal of digestion is to
sort good nutrients from
bad nutrients, so your
body can assimilate what
it needs to thrive.
Your Gut Flora
“Gut flora consists of a complex of microorganism
species that live in the digestive tracts.” – Wikipedia
ü The number of bacteria living in your gut is 100
ü Research shows your gut flora can affect
numerous processes in your body including your
metabolism, energy production, nutrition, and
genetic expression. (Mercola, How Your Gut
Flora Influences Your Health, 2012)
The Good and Bad
• There must be a balance of
good and bad bacteria in
your body for healthy
• The ratio is 85% good
bacteria to 15% bad
ü Nutrient absorption
ü Infection + disease prevention
ü Decreased food allergies
ü Good digestion
ü Regulated body weight
ü Reduced inflammation
ü Synthesized nutrients such as Vitamin K, B12, biotin, and
medium-chain fatty acids
When it all goes
Some of you may have heard the terms
“Leaky Gut” or “Gut Dysbiosis”
“Leaky gut syndrome”, also called
“increased intestinal permeability”, is the
result of damage to the intestinal lining”.
- (Dr. Andrew Weil, What is Leaky Gut?,
What happens when
the Gut is Leaky?
ü Celiac Disease
ü Heart Disease
ü Crohn’s Disease
ü Mental Disorders
ü Food Allergies
ü Common Colds + Low
ü Anxiety & Depression
ü Adrenal Fatigue
ü Inability to Lose Weight
ü Skin Problems
Factors that Improve
(food for bacteria)
ü Fermented Foods
all you wanted to
know about Poop
ü People who have healthy digestion should
eliminate at least 1 to 3 times per day.
ü Your poop should be a healthy, smooth-like
sausage, brown in color, and easy to pass.
ü Striving for the perfect stool is really striving
for perfect health.
When you eat foods, you need to
understand how long they take to digest.
ü The transit time of your foods should be around
ü Less than 12 hours means malabsorption and is
often expressed through diarrhea.
ü More than 24 hours typically leads to constipation.
Get to know your body…
Many people eat “healthy foods”, but they are also eating
foods to which they may have sensitivities.
ü Follow an elimination diet to learn which foods
are right for your body.
ü Add a good quality probiotic.
ü Eat simple combinations of foods to decrease
The Simple Plate
Choose one of the
following to make a
simple plate for
ü Vegetables with
ü Vegetables with
ü Vegetables with fats
Healing & Repair
Foods that can restore your
ü Fermented Foods
ü Good Belly
ü Yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)
Consuming Probiotics and Prebiotics are
essential for healthy gut flora.
Taking a probiotic daily is key for your
health, happiness, and vitality!
I suggest the following probiotics:
ü Garden of Life Primal Defense
ü Inner-eco Cultured Coconut Water Kefir
The Skinny on
ü Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that move through
the digestive system and help the good bacteria to
ü Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria in your gut.
When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, you have the
perfect combination for a healthy gut.
Examples of probiotics & prebiotics found in two foods:
kefir & yogurt
Eat more of these!
ü Raw chicory root
ü Raw Jerusalem artichoke
ü Raw dandelion greens
ü Raw garlic
ü Raw leek
ü Raw and cooked onion
ü Raw banana
If you are looking to improve vitality, ditch the sugar cravings,
and reduce unwanted allergies, please contact me about my
11-Day Clean Eating Program
It has been proven that a simple whole foods elimination program can
do the following:
ü Reduce Belly Bloat
ü Reduce Food Allergies
ü Improve Sleep
Thank you so much for learning about your digestion,
happiness, and health.
For more information about my programs that decrease
inflammation, improve digestion, and reduce toxicity.
Contact me at