Perhaps you've heard about the gut-brain connection. Which we've all felt to a certain extent as in feeling "butterflies in your stomach" when you're nervous, or even nausea when you're about to speak in front of a group of people.
Turns out, there's a gut-pain connection as well.
The gut's microbiome or population of bacteria, fungi, and other guys that help to regulate the balance in your belly for digestion to be able breakdown and use nutrients from our food. When we are stressed, ill, or something else disturbs that lovely gut balance, more destructive bacteria and fungi (like Candida Albicans) can overpower the gut.
However, with inflammation in the gut (due to imbalance or other irritation), the lining can start to get more permeable. Meaning things can start to slip through. Keep in mind, the digestive tract is technically totally closed off from the rest of the body so things aren't supposed to be able to "leak" out. But when things do start exiting where they're not supposed to, aka "leaky gut," it can cause a big emergency response in the body's immune system.
Now, the body is quite brilliantly made to heat up (inflammation) to kill of foreign invaders as quickly as possible. That's a good thing. Except when it happens that these guys are heating up every time we eat. Cause even though it's not necessarily bad invaders, they are in the wrong place, so are being flagged by the immune system. This chronic inflammation can start looking like joint pain (and other pain) which can show up anywhere in the body. And once inflammation becomes systemic - throughout the body- it can cause symptoms to show up anywhere, without an easy to find cause.
Systemic inflammation due to leaky gut or other gut imbalances can affect your mood (depression, anxiety), cause fatigue, headaches, weight gain, and even Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. Basically inflammation of the gut can trigger a whole body response and chronic inflammation.
If you're struggling with gut issues such as bloating, indigestion, gas, pain, or more systemic problems like general inflammation, joint pain, mood issues, and autoimmune disease, it is vital to address the health of the gut in order to help restore balance and to cool the inflammation cycle.
In fact, it could be the missing piece of the puzzle if you've been getting treatment for these things but can't seem to get or stay better for long.