The Gut – Core Of Your Health, Part I

EVERYTHING in health stems back to or is ROOTED in digestive issues. The health of the gut is implicated in every single system in the body.

Depression or anxiety? Cancer? Multiple Sclerosis? Fibromyalgia? Asthma? Allergies? Migraines? Mental Health? Alzheimer? Autism? Disconnection from your Wisdom and Intuition? Autoimmunity? Chronis illness? Etc?

 

You can’t address it without looking at the gut!


I wonder,

 

How can this critical system be so overlooked in conventional medicine approaches?

 

 

Gut Health

(From: Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal by Anthony William)

No one knows what really happens when food enter the stomoch. The digestive system is a miracle and phenomenon beyond anything that anyone can perceive. Even with a medical understanding of the way some of it functions, the digestive system remains a great mystery.

Everyone knows we bite into a piece of food, chew it, swallow it, then it enters the gastrointestinal tract, some sort of breakdown occurs, and we expel it. We know that this is how we get nutrients. And we know that sometimes the process doesn’t go so well, and stomach-aches develop, or intestinal discomfort, or worse.

Just because medical sience has discovered digestive enzymes though, doesn’t mean it has developed a comprehensive understanding of digestion. In fact, digestino is the least founded part of the study of human physiology. While we walk around pretending that it’s straightforward and science has it all figured out, it remains the most enigmatic element of how our bodies operate.


Your gut is one of the key foundations of your health. That makes caring for your digestive system the perfect place to start your jouney of healing from the inside out. 

 

Your gut includes the stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), liver and gallbladder. The gut is responsible for ensuring that you absorb the nutrients of the food you eat, properly expel waste and toxins, and maintain a strong immune system.

The Gut – A Life Force Of Its Own

Yet not only is it critical for these everyday functions, your gut also holds a life force of its own. Food does not digest just from the physical process of food breakdown (a process scientific study hasn’t fully pieced toegether); there are also critical spiritual and metaphysical factors involved in digestion. That’s why enlightened beings on the planet emply eating techniques such as slow and thorough chewing; mindful, present eating; prayer before, during, or after meals; and becoming one with your food.

Imagine a river flowing inside your colon. Deep in the riverbed (the colon’s lining), thousands of different strains of bacteria and microorganisms are there to maintain a homeostatic balance so that the river water doesn’t become toxic (i.e, so the gut doesn’t become septic and poisonous).

Just as the river has a spirit, the gut harbors much of the human spirit, too. That spirit is your essence of self, your will, and your intuition.

Have you ever heard the term “gut instinct”? or “gut reaction” or “gut feeling”? Then there’s

“What does your gut tell you to do?” “What are you, gutless?” and “I felt gutted.”.

There’s also “I just about busted a gut,” “I hate his guts”, “I ran my guts out,” and “You’ve really got guts.”

How many gut-related idioms are out there? It’s because we understand on some level just what an integral role it plays in our lieves, far beyond physicality.

We understand that it’s part of the core foundation of who we are emotionally and intuitively. 

 

Your gut is where your strength is. It has emotional pores, and because of this, emotions can actually control how much good or bad bacteria flourishes there. Poor gut health can greatly hinder intuition. 

People can have anywhere from 75 to 125 trillion bacteria residing in the gut. This opens the door to infection by toxic and unproductive bacteria, microbes, mold, yeast, fungus, mycotoxins, and viruses.

If not properly dealt with, these pathogens can alter and block your natural instincts and create a breeding ground for an unlimited variety of illnesses – unless your gut has a balance of good bacteria to counter these effects.

This article covers what most commonly goes wrong with the gut, including leaky gut syndrome, poor digestion, acid reflux, intestinal infections, irritable bowel sydrome, gastric spasms, gastritis, and general pain in or near your stomach. It provides critical information about these conditions well beyond what’s known by medical communities sourced from the before mentioned book The Medical Medium by Anthony William.

It also debunks a number of unproductive gut health fads and trend “remedies” and offers simple steps you can take to genuinely heal your gut and restore your health.

Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

One very confusing condition in medicine is leaky gut syndrome, also called intestinal permeability. The names themselves are perplexing; they’re terms that different medical communities use to describe different conditions and theories.

When it comes down to it, there are three sides to the leaky gut syndrome story. Let’s look at the first side:

1. The conventional medical community’s understanding

Most conventional doctors and surgeons use the term “leaky gut” for a critical intestinal disease that perforates the lining of the intestinal tract or stomach and casuses severe blood infections, raging fevers, and/or sepsis. They have that right. True leaky gut is a very serious ailment that causes extreme pain and misery.

Leaky gut could stem from ulcers embedded deep in the stomach lining. Or it could result from bacterial strains of E. coli developing pockets in the intestinal tract lining; or superbugs like C.difficile.

The name “leaky gut” is applied when one of these conditions breaks through the lining of the gastroinstestinal tract and allows pathogens to leach into the bloodstream.

Another way the leaky gut can occur is when a colonoscopy goes wrong and puntures the colon.

No matter the cause, true leaky gut results in dire symptoms.

2. The second side of the story is the alternative, integrative and naturopathic understanding of leaky gut syndrome. These medical communities use the term to describe a condition in which mold, funguses like Candida, or unproductive bacteria burrow tiny holes in the linings of the intestine and cause micro levels of toxins to leak directly into the bloodstream, resulting in a multitude of symptoms.

This theory needs some adjustment.

While it is true that a toxic gut environment, including unproductive bacteria and fungus, can contribute  greatly to ill health, referring to this as leaky gut is misleading.

If these pathogens were truly breaking through the gastrointestinal lining in even the slightest way, then severe symptoms such as high fever, blood infection, extreme pain and/or sepsis would result.

In other words, the term “leaky gut” should only be used to describe actual perforations of the digestive tract walls.

So WHY are tens of thousands of people who have fatigue, aches and pains, constipation, digestive discomfort, and acid reflux being told they have leaky gut or intestinal permeability by alternative practitioners?

Because there is something real going on, and this misunderstood catchphrase is the best theory the practitioners can offer.

In the conventional medical world, millions of patients receive the tags IBS, celiac, Crohn’s, colitis, gastroparesis, or gastritus to label these sorts of symptoms – yet the conditions remain mysterious. Or they experience gut symptoms and receive no diagnosis.

3. There is an explanation for these mystery gut problems that aren’t actual leaky gut. Medical Medium Anthony William calls it ammonia permeability, and it is the third side to the story.

Ammonia Permeability

Please do not confuse ammonia permeabibity with the recently trendy term ‘intestinal permeability’. Intestianl permeability is just a new name, menat to give the illusion of progress, for the old theory of leaky gut.

Ammonia permeability is a real occurrence. To comprehend what it is, you must first learn a few things about how your body processes food.

When you eat, the food quickly travels down to your stomach so it can be digested. If you’re chewing slowly enough for saliva to mix with the food, digestion will (ideally) begin its initial stage in the mouth. For dense protein-based foods – e.g., animal meat, nuts and seeds, and legumes – digestion in the stomach largely occurs through the action of your stomach’s hydrochloric acid coupled with enzymes, which break down the protein into simpler forms that can then be further digested adn assimilated by your small intestines.

This is a relatively smooth process if your stomach contains normal levels of hydrocloric acid.

If your hydrochloric acid levels have become low, however, your food won’t be sufficiently digested in your stomach. This is common when you’re eating under stress or pressure. When the proteins reach your small intestines, they won’t be broken down enough for your cells to access their nutrients, and instead the food will just lie there and rot.

This is called gut rot – putrefaction that creates ammonia gas and can result in symptoms of bloating, digestive discomfort, chronic dehydration, or oftentimes no symptoms at all. That’s just the start.

In some people, good hydrocloric acid diminishes and bad acids take its place. A person could live with this condition for many years and not notice. Eventually, though, the bad acids can travel up the esophagus. If you’re experienceing acid reflux, these rogue acids are causing it, NOT your stomach’s hydrochloric acid. This is a very common confusion; the medical world sees all stomach and intestinal acids as the same.

A related issue is that the lining of your gut creates mucus in an effort to protect you from the bad acids. If a lot of mucus is coming up your throat for no apparent reason, it’s probably your gut struggling to keep you safe because the rogue acids are trying to eat away at your stomach and esophagus lining … and it’s a signal that you’ve got a problem that nees to be addressed. The mucus can also travel down the intestinal tract and stop proper absorption of nutrients.

Let’s go back to that ammonia gas, though. This is the key piece of information: when food decomposes in your intestinal tract and produces ammonia, this toxic gas has the ability to float, ghost-like, out of your intestines and directly into your bloodstream. This is what’s called ammonia permeability.

It’s the ammonia gas that creates most of the havoc associated with leaky gut syndrome. It doesn’t have to do with infections or punctures of the small intestines or colon. And it isn’t Candida yeast expelling toxins through the intestinal walls, either.

Millions of people walk around with digestive health problems, and the culprit is ammonia permeability. What many doctors diagnose as leaky gut syndrome has nothing to do  with holes or other imperfections in your gut; it has nothing to do with acids or bacteria leaking out.

Rather, ammonia gas in your intestines is drifting into the bloodstream … which then carries the gas throughout the body. Besides the gut symptoms mentioned earlier, ammonia permeability can result in malaise, fatigue, skin problems, restless sleep, anxiety adn so much more.

Adrenaline

At this point you might reasonably ask, “If this all happens because of too little hydrochloric acid in the stomach, what causes that? The number one reason for a deficiency of hydrocloric acid is adrenaline.

What is not known yet is that there isn’t just one form of adrenaline. Your adrenal glands produce 56 different blends in response to different emotions and situations. And the ones associated with negative feelings such as fear, anxiety, anger, hatred, guilt, shame, depression, and stress can be severly damaging to a variety of areas of your body – including your stomach’s supply of hydrocholoric acid.

So if you’ve been chronically stressed or upset, that can be enough to slowly break down your hydrochloric acid – and your ability to properly digest food. Different levels of stress and emotions that we experience in our everyday lives can hinder good bacteria and grow bad bacteria.

Also often wreaking havoc with your stomach’s hydrochloric acid are prescription drugs. Antibiotics, immunosuppressants, antifungals, amphetamines, and a variety of other medications our bodies haven’t adapted to can disrupt the chemical balance in the stomach.

Your hydrochloric acid is likely to be damaged if you overeat any type of protein, such as animal meat, nuts, seeds and/or legumes. If the protein comes from greens, sprouts, or other vegetables, it doesn’t have the same effect though. Eating a lot of foods that combine fat and sugar (cheese, whole milk, cakes, cookies, and ice cream), can have the same harmful effect on hydrochloric acid.

Both these categories of food require much more work to be digested than fruit or vegetables do, placing a huge strain on your gut. This can eventually “burn out” your stomach’s hydrochloric acid and weaken digestive enzymes.

If you’re eating high-protein meals (e.g. chicken, fish or meat) and you’re experiencing symptoms of low hydrochloric acid such as bloating, stomach discomfort, constipation, sluggishness, and/or fatigue, then eat the animal protein sparingly and limit it to one serving per day.

There is good news in all of this. You can recover your hydrochloric acid and strengthen your enzymes with a miraculous herb that’s sold everywhere in all supermarkets.

Find out about the solution to restoring hydrochloric acid levels in your stomach and therefore improving your digestive system and OVERALL health in my blog The Gut, Core Of Your Health – Part II

If you have any questions or comments, please do share in the comments below, I would love to know!

Are you curious to find out more about The Medical Medium, Anthony William and his books?

Start with these ones, they are life changing for when you are dealing with health problems and especially chronic illness:

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Love & Blessings,

Luna Joy

Transformative Life Coach | Functonal Nutritionist (in training) | Yoga & (trauma-sensitive) Mindfulness Teacher | Teacher Trainer

One very confusing condition in medicine is leaky gut syndrome, also called intestinal permeability. The names themselves are perplexing; they’re terms that different medical communities use to describe different conditions and theories.

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