Have you heard it said that your gut is your second brain? Well it is certainly true and more and more research is being conducted to prove this.
Check out the documentary on ABC Australia Catalyst program recently – Gut Reaction.
You see, a healthy body begins in the digestive system. The food we eat must be digested to be of any use to us.
Gastrointestinal or “gut” problems are a dominant feature in many chronic states of ill health. The latest research available to us from scientists all over the world, is beginning to unravel the mystery that surrounds the issues that face humanity and the connection to gut health.
A healthy body begins in the digestive system. The food we eat MUST be digested effectively to be of any use to us, no matter how high its quality.
Over the past 2 decades, we have witnessed gut issues becoming an epidemic in our children and co-exist or drive a range of childhood conditions including Autism, Allergies, ADHD, food sensitivities and other learning and behavioral disorders. Although gut problems do not stand alone as the only issues that need to be addressed, treating the gut is imperative as part of any treatment program. Gastrointestinal symptoms are diverse and include: bloating, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, poor appetite, cravings, stomach pain, smelly stools, fecal impaction, heartburn and reflux; as well as nutrient deficiencies and yeast, bacterial and parasitic gut infections.
It is a very common trap to focus solely on identifying the foods that are triggering inflammation in the body to reduce symptoms and not address the fundamental issues that led to the problems being experienced. You can not continue to eliminate foods without addressing the gut and instigating healing.
Supporting and healing the gut is the key to being able to restore your health. However when treating the gut, we believe it is imperative to take a holistic approach. Your immune system is governed by your gut health. Germs, parasites or yeast can not thrive in a system that is stong and healthy.
Our aim with this program is to strengthen and restore vitality to assist the body’s natural healing processes. Alongside vitamin and mineral supplementation, you should work to improve digestion, absorption and the assimilation of nutrients.
The human gut microbiome endows us with physiologic capabilities that we have not had to evolve on our own. It is essentially a bacterial ecosystem residing in the human GI tract; an efficient bioreactor, programmed to break down food and supply us with the extracted energy and nutrients. Alongside antimicrobial and probiotic treatment, you need to change the environment in the gut and boost the immune system.
When healing the gut, we need to incorporate the following principles:
Nutritionally restore vitality
Removing problem foods which create histimines and other chemical responses in the body that are causing inflammation. I highly recommend the Hair Test 500 to pinpoint exactly what foods are Friend or Foe using a simple Hair Sample. Also eliminate processed foods, foods with preservatives, colours & flavours and foods high in sugar. It has also been proven that reducing your grain intake can help during this protocol. More importantly, add in healing foods and nutrient dense foods. The diet should consist of organic whole food where possible with a major emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits - rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, whole grains (gluten free), nuts and seeds and quality proteins.
A ‘Primitive’ or ‘Traditional’ diet that alkalises the body is recommended; lots of dark leafy greens, a range of meat, seeds and nuts and low fructose fruits. Vegetable juicing is good however don’t blend multiple vegetables; keep it to 2-3 with one fruit for sweeting. It is not good enough to leave in high sugar & highly processed foods (pastas, breads, cereals and sauces) even if they are gluten & casein free. The immune system, the brain, all the cells in the body must be nourished to restore the body’s vital force. Addition research has shown that various bacteria produce toxic metabolites with high sugar diets.
Supplements to heal and support:
I use and recommend a therapeutic scientifically tested range of nutritionals to heal and restore the gut microbiome.
This effectively supercharges the healing and restorative process. However the focus is solely on the GUT for the first 3 months minimum.
During this time the focus is to enhance the immune system - stimulate the body’s own innate ability to fight off infections. Bacteria are a vital part of the diegestive system. There are two types of bacteria: beneficial and harmful. The balance between these two can have a crucial impact on our health and wellbeing. Good bacteria will aid digestion and nutrient absorption, boost the immune system, protect against over-growth of micro-organisms that cause disease and assist to moderate weight. Minerals are part of the foundational building blocks of good health. We need minerals every day for our bodies to operate effectively and we are unable to source some minerals from our food today.
Although the body can manufacture a few vitamins it cannot manufacture minerals or trace minerals. Further, overindulgence in coffee, alcohol and tobacco robs the body of essential nutrients. Extensive research suggests heavy industrialisation and the resultant air and water pollutions are depleting natural resources of minerals, meaning that the food we eat may not be as mineral rich as our body’s need. Soil depletion, storage, food refining, exposure to chemical long term all result in mineral definiciencies. The result of all this is we need some way to replace lost nutrients through diets that are high in micro trace minerals. While nutrient minerals are available in many forms, plant derived minerals (phytominerals) are proving to be the most popular of all micro trace minerals.
To improve digestion and absorption of nutrients, there must be adequate stomach acid. Many people have hypochlorhydria or low stomach acid. A study of autistic children found 62% had low stomach acid. Adequate stomach acid is essential for protein digestion. Poor protein digestion leads to low levels of the raw materials our bodies need to make neurotransmitters, immune cells and so much more. Poor protein digestion is also associated with an increased susceptibility to food allergies and sensitivities.
This involves supporting the body’s natural detoxification systems. A discussion of this issue is too complex to address here. Treating bacterial & fungal overgrowths to reduce gut toxicity is an important part of this. In general more will need to be done…
“ It is a mistake, it’s half a therapy if you only treat the gut. The other half of the therapy is to detoxify.…..We have to get the toxins out to even allow the nutrients to get into the tissues. You can’t get the nutrients in there if they are full of poisons, you can’t get two things into one space.” Charlotte Gerson
In a clogged up colon, if you try to kill UFO’s when there are impacted faeces, you will have limited success. Certain parasites, bacteria and yeasts will be protected somewhat from both the immune system and any antimicrobials you use if they are able to ‘hide’ under a layer of faecal matter. For successful treatment of gut infections, faecal matter must not accumulate in the bowel.
Regular bowel movements are important for the body to get rid of waste. The bowel should move AT LEAST ONCE per day - in the MORNING. The stool should be formed but not hard, lumpy or pebbly. It should be passed with no pain, strain, blood or mucus. It should not be sticky and should be a medium brown colour. There should be complete emptying. If faeces remain in the colon for too long (slow transit time), then the body reabsorbs much of the toxic matter that should have been eliminated contributing to autointoxication.
Organisms thrive in this type of environment. Dietary changes and our specifically recommended range of therapeutic product are chosen to target and assist in helping to restore regular bowel movements.
Many compromised individuals are acidic. During the cleanse we are aiming to ensure that the average pH of the body is alkaline not acid. Excessive acidity is a widespread problem in the Western world. Both modern lifestyle and diet promote acidification. In general, the current standard diet is primarily composed of acidic or acidifying elements (proteins, cereals, sugars). Alkaline foods such as vegetables are eaten in too smaller quantities; their alkaline content is insufficient to neutralise surplus acids. Furthermore, stress, nervous tension, noise and other pressures contribute to acidification through the physiological disturbances they create. In addition, heavy metal toxicity, certain infections and inflammation all contribute to acidity.
The acidification of the internal terrain is the source of many health problems. There are a number of effects that lead to illness. Firstly, the activity of enzymes is disrupted. Enzymes are the “worker drones” behind all the biochemical transformations that take place in the body and on which the proper functioning of the organs depend. Enzymes can perform their task correctly only in an environment with a clearly defined pH. Otherwise their activity can be disrupted or even cease completely.
Secondly, the body can become ill due to the harsh corrosive nature of acids present in excessive amounts within the tissues. Before they are neutralised by alkaline substances, acids irritate the organ with which they come in contact. Inflammation as well as lesions or hardening of the tissues can result. The fragile state of the tissues resulting from the invasive presence of acid makes them vulnerable to microbial or viral infection. This is aggravated by the fact that the immune system’s effectiveness can also be lessened by acidity. Additionally, various infections themselves such as Streptococcus-overgrowth can produce acidic by-products that can overwhelm the body’s ability to maintain balance and a vicious cycle is set up. This is a major factor in gut dysbiosis.
Healing the gut is a complex process and there are many other important factors to consider. These are just a few of the fundamental issues that should be considered in any treatment program. Below is a table with some foods & wholefood supplements that can assist in gut healing. In summary you need to consider.
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