Sunday, February 5, 2012

the gut ugly truth

This post is piggy backing on my posts devil in a white dress and love and other drugs. 

The Leaky Gut.

I'll give you the very simplified version of what this is: Your gut is not that roll that hangs over your jeans after you've eaten an entire pizza, its a part of your intestinal tract. In there, the nutrients from the food you eat are absorbed into your system. This process can be damaged by:
  • hypochlorhydia (deficiency in hydrochloric acid)
  • Candidiasis (yeast issues)
  • Dysbiosis (bacterial imbalance in the gut)
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Allergies
  • Poor Diet
  • Celiac Disease
  • Parasites
  • Pharmaceutical drugs

When these things happen, your gut stops being able to create the necessary enzymes to break down your food and absorb nutrients properly. In some cases, the gut can be damaged so badly it develops holes. 

When we're babies, our gut is similar to the damaged version; its permeable so we can absorb the nutrients from breast milk. Here's where the milk issue comes into play. Remember all the bad stuff I talked about in the milk post? BCM 7?? Well in people that have a leaky gut, all that bad stuff is going straight into their system through those holes. And remember all those immune disorders I was talking about? Autism, schizophrenia, diabetes...yep, it's all one big connection.

Here's where I get heated. Remember those pharmaceutical reps in the bar? It's the exact same situation with doctors or mostly anyone in the medical field. They come up to you thinking they're hot stuff, but bring up this topic and they have no idea what you're talking about. Not so hot now are you buddy???

So how do you know if you have a leaky gut? Here are some common symptoms and conditions:

  • chronic fatigue
  • depression
  • asthma
  • food allergies
  • chronic sinusitis
  • eczema
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • Candida
  • fibromyalgia
  • joint pain
  • arthritis
  • autoimmune disease

And how do you fix it? This is all up to you. Finding a balanced diet & food ratio, discovering food sensitivities & allergies, eating whole foods, eating cooked vegetables. It really all depends on finding out what your issues are and then finding out what works best for you, everyone is different. 

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