In The Gut – Core Of Your Health – Part I, I finalised saying that the good news for people with all sorts of digestive issues caused by low hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach, is that you can recover those levels and strengthen your enzymes wit a miraculous herb that’s sold everywhere.
Rebuilding Hydrochloric Acid
(From the book: Medical Medium, Secrets Behind Chronic And Mystery Ilness and How To Finally Heal by Anthony William)
The way to fix ammonia permeability (which, as we’ve discussed in The Gut – Core Of Your Health – Part I, is often mislabeled as leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability)- and the first step in addressing virtually any other gut health issue- is to rebuild your stomach’s supply of hydrochloric and strengthen your digestive system.
There’s an amazingly simple and effective way to do this: daily, on an empty stomach, drink a 16-ounce glass of fresh celery juice. Don’t add water, nor anything else like lemon. What you want is the pure juice of the celery stalks. A whole bunch (plusminus 6 stalks).
This may not be the answer you were expecting. It may not seem like celery juice could be that beneficial. But take this very seriously. It is one of the most profound ways, if not the most profound way, to restore digestive health. It is that powerful. And keep in mind: while there are many juice blends out there nowadays that are fantastic for your health, you need to drink your celery juice straight if your goal is to restore proper digestive function.
Do not be derailed by the simplicity of this. Think of it like being assigned a ten-page paper on one specific aspect of daily life in a certain historical time period. If you hand in a paper that’s an overview of the era, with only two lines about that one part of daily life, the teacher won’t be impressed by all the extra facts. Sh’ll wonder why you didn’t go in-depth on the one topic she assigned.
That’s how your stomach feels when it’s trying to restore hydrochloric acid. A juice blend of 20 different ingredients, only one of which is celery, will be a distraction. Sometimes simplest is best. The stomach wants celery juice, and celery juice alone, so it can do its deep repair in this area. It’s a secret method that can turn around the life of a person with a gut disorder.
Here’s how to do it:
Wash a fresh bunch of celery in the morning while you still have an empty stomach. (Or if you do this later in the day, wait at least two / three hours after your previous meal so your stomach is relatively empty again.) Anything else in your stomach will disrupt the effect of the celery.
Juice the celery with a juicer. Add nothing else, as any other ingredient will disrupt the effect of the celery. (If you blend the celery in a Nutribullet or another type of blender you will have to separate the juice from the fiber with a strain or a nutmilk bag.)
Drink the juice immediately – before it can oxidize which reduces its power.
This works because celery contains unique sodium compositions and these mineral salts are bonded with many bioactive trace minerals and nutrients. If you drink the celery juice first thing in the morning, it will strengthen your digestion of the foods your eat for the rest of the day. And over time, the mineral salts, minerals, and nutrients have the unique ability to completely restore your stomach’s hydrochloric acid.
You should also know that it’s common to have not just one gut issue, but several related gut issues at once. The rest of this article empowers you to deal with other gut problems.
Removing Toxix Heavy Metals From Your Gut
In our modern era, it’s virtually impossible not to take in a certain ammount of toxic heavy metals, such as mercury, aluminium, copper, cadmium, nickel, and lead. These heavy metals often accumulate in your liver, gallbladder, and/or intestines. Since heavy metals tend to be heavier than the water that’s inside your digestive system and blood, they sink down and settle into the intestinal tract- just like gold settles at the bottom of a riverbed.
Toxic heavy metals are poisonous, and if they begin to oxidize, their chemical runoff will mutate and damage whatever cells are nearby. However, the biggest issue with heavy metals is that they’re prime foods for bad bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and worms. That means that these metals are likely to attract and serve as a feeding ground for Streptococcus A or B, E. coli and its many strains, C. difficile, H. pylori, and viruses.
When these pathogens consume the toxic heavy metals, they release a neurotoxic gas that attaches itself to the ammonia gas and travels through the intestinal lining. In other words, the ammonia permeability takes on a friend, and that friend is heavy metal contamination. The ammonia permeability makes it possible for the toxic gas to get through the intestinal lining.
Do not confuse mycotoxins (fungal toxins) with permeability however. It’s currently unknown to practitioners that pathogens create neurotoxins when they consume heavy metals- and that these neurotoxins are very different from mycotoxins.
Mycotoxins cannot create the many symptoms that neurotoxins do; mycotoxins tend to stay in the intestinal tract and get eliminated through defecation. Keep this in mind as you hear more and more about mycotoxins in the coming years. They are NOT the culprit in autoimmune disease.
Once the pathogens mentioned above settle in, they’ll start inflaming your gut- e.g., saturating the linings of your intestines or colon. They’ll release poisons in your gut directly via neurotoxins they produce, and inidirectly via their waste and toxic corpses.
This is how most people develop illnesses and disorders such as IBS, Crohn’s disease (an inflammation of the GI, gastrointestinal tract), and colitus (an inflammation of the colon- which is typically a chronic infection of the shingles virus with Streptococcus bacteria).
Under a microscope, these by-products of dead viral matter and castoff viral casings often look like parasitical activity. This throws off many analyses of stool samples and results in numerous misdiagnoses, which means that it’s often a mistake when someone is diagnosed with a parasite. This a huge confusion in gut health today.
While heave metals can lead to problems if not addressed, they’re relatively easy to get rid of. So if you have any kind of gut illness, or even chronic digestive distress, it’s best to play it safe by assuming heavy metals are at least part of the problem and taking the steps to remove them.
Here are some powerful options to remove toxic heavy metals from your intestinal tract:
- Cilantro: eat half a cup a day of this herb as-is, sprinkled on salads, or in a smoothie.
- Parsley: eat a quarter cup a day of this herb as-is, sprinkled on salads, or in a smoothie.
- Zeolite: buy this mineralized clay in liquid form.
- Spirulina (preferably from Hawaii): if it’s in powder form (which is best for removal of metals from the gut), mix one teaspoon daily into water or a smoothie.
- Garlic: eat two fresh cloves a day.
- Sage: eat two tablespoons a day.
- L-glutamine: in powder form (which is preferable for removal of metals from the gut), mix one teaspoon daily into water or a smoothie.
- Plantain leaf: brew this herb to make tea and drink a cup a day.
- Red clover blossom: brew two tablespoons of these flower blossoms to make two cups of tea a day.
The Gut’s Natural Protection
It’s so far undiscovered in medical research tat we’re born with tiny, furry hairs that line the entire intestinal tract. This fur-like hair is microscopic, just a little bigger than bacteria itself. The hair helps protect your gut from invasion by viruses, bad bacteria, fungi, and wormsn. It’s also there as a safe haven that harbors billions of good bacteria.
Until the 19th century, this hair normally lasted for a person’s entire lifetime.
Since the industrial revolution, though, we’ve been assaulted by environmental toxins, prescription medications, and other chemicals that can scorch the gut; the heavy metals decribed in the previous section; and the stress of modern living and its accompanying scalded adrenaline. As a result, your gut’s hair lining may be largely burned off by the time you reach age 20. This contributes to many of the gut health problems that people struggle with today.
The reason medical science hasn’t discovered this hair is because most intestinal surgeries are performed on people age 30 and above. By this point, it’s long gone. And in intestinal biopsies for babies, this microscopic, furry lining just isns’t on the radar.
Restoring Gut Flora and Maximizing B12 Production
Good bacteria in your gut produce most of your body’s supply of vitamin B12. But this doesnt’ happen just anywhere in your gut. The ileum, the final section of your small intestine, is the main center of this B12 absorption and production. It’s also where mythylation occurs.
Whenever it’s needed, vitamin B12 is absorbed through the walls of your ileum via microvessels that are capable of absorbing B12 and nothing else. It’s the B12 produced in the ileum that’s most recognised by the brain. Enzymes prohibit any other toxin or nutrient from being absorbed by these ileum blood vessels, and thus block them from entering your bloodstream. Science has yet to discover this information.
You produce all the vitamin B12 you need when the ileum has abundant beneficial bacteria of a specific kind. Sufficient beneficial bacteria also make methylation strong, but everyone is short on these bacteria- that is, micro-probiotics that live naturally on certain foods, enter the gut when we consume them, and fill the ileum.
You can’t buy these bioactive microorganisms in probiotic supplement form at the store, or get them from fermented foods and drinks.
When you’re suffering from low hydrochoric acid, heavy metal toxicity, and/or ammonia permeability, a lot of the good bacteria throughout your gut are likely to die. This inflames the ileum, which has a number of negative consequences, such as severely weakening your immune system. It also makes your gut’s vitamin B12 production plummet or stop altogether.
You can’t rely on B12 blood tests, because medical labs can’t yet detect the levels of vitamin B12 in your gut, organs, and especially your central nervous system. While taking a B12 supplement can fill the bloodstream, so that your B12 levels will show up on blood tests as sufficient, that doesn’t mean the B12 is entering the central nervous system, which critically needs B12. So regardless of what blood tests exhibit, always take a high quality B12 supplement. (Look for it as methylcobalamin- ideally, blended with adenosylcobalamin- rather than as cyanocobalamin. Whith methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, your liver doesn’t have to do any work to convert the B12 into a usable form.)
Lack of B12 is a very real deficiency with very real health consequences. And as mentioned earlier, almost every person in the U.S. is B12 deficient in some way.
Also, take steps to restore your gut’s normal levels of good bacteria. Cultured probiotics sitting on the shelves of the health food store or fermented foods that claim to have beneficial bacteria aren’t the answers here. Most, if not all, of these microorganismes will die in your stomach before they descend and reach the small intestine. And factory-produced probiotics never reach that last part of the small instestine, the ileum- which is the region that needs them the most.
There are probiotics that stay alive in the gut and are responsible for restoring the intstinal flora, including the ileum. These are barely known, and we take them for granted. Yet they are remarkably powerful and can change your health and life in ways unimaginable. When people have a good gut health, it’s most often because they’ve accidentally and occasionally consumed these naturally occurring, life-giving probiotics and beneficial microorganisms.
Where can you find them? On fresh, living foods.
The special probiotics that live on fruits and vegetables are what I call elevated micro organisms, or sometimes elevated biotics, because they harbor energy from God and the sun. Elevated microorganisms are not to be confused with soil-borne organisms and probiotics derived from soil.
Elevated microorganisms are the most gut-renewing option there is. The are the very microorganisms that the ileum harbors, and they create the B12, that the body, particularly the brain, most recognizes.
A top source of elevated microorganisms is sprouts; alfalfa, broccoli, clover, fenugreek, lentil, mustard, sunflower, kale, and other seeds like them, when sprouted, are living micro-gardens. In this tiny, nascent form of life, they’re teeming with beneficial bacteria that will help your gut thrive.
Again, these beneficial bacteria are different from soil-borne organisms and “prebiotics”. Elevated mircroorganisms are always found aboveground, on the leaves and skins of fruit and vegetables.
If you have access to an organic farm, farmer’s market, or your own garden, you can eat some of its vegetables and fruits to get elevated micro-organisms into your diet. The key here is to eat the produce fresh, raw, and unwashed. (Although a gentle rinse without soap can be safe).
Millions of revitalizing probiotics and mircroorganisms exist on the surfaces of these foods. It’s imperative to use your judgement, though, about when it’s safe to eat unwashed fruits and vegetables. Only do it when you know the growing source and are sure that there are no toxins or other contaminants that could make you sick.
When you pluck a piece of kale from the ground, you can see a film in the pockets of the leaf. This isn’t soil or dirt or soil-based organisms. This film is made up of elevated microorganisms- a naturally occurring probiotic that hasn’t yet been washed off. (Not to be confused with a manure-caked piece of kale, which it’s best if you gently rinse off).
When you eat the leaf of kale, the pockets of good bacteria get folded and trapped, so they often bypass the stomach. When they’re released in the intestines, these millions of microorganisms have phenomenal effects on digestion and the immune system, as they find their way down to your ileum and replenish your B12 production and storage bank.
In other words, a raw, unwashed piece of kale straight from an organic garden – or a handful of sprouts from a countertop garden, or a fresh, pesticide free apple plucked from the tree – outshines every single soil-based or lab-created probiotic and fermented food available.
If you’ve eaten just one of these items that’s coated with elevated microorganisms just one time in your life, it has protected you to some degree, without your awareness. And the more fesh, chemical-free, wax-free, unwashed produce you eat, the more benefits you get.
Note that prebiotics have recently become popular. What the term really translates to is eating certain fruits and vegetables that feed the productive bacteria in the gut. Truth is, every fruit and vegetable that you can eat raw feeds that good bacteria.
One other thing you can do is take quality store-bought probiotics or soil-borne probiotics. It’s best that you additionally take in good bacteria from living produce, though, because nothing can compare. Ingesting the elevated microorganisms on a fresh vegetable leaf or fruit skin is like going for 9,000 horsepower, whereas store-bought probiotics have the power of one miniature donkey.
Rejuvenating gut flora, with raw, organic, unwashed produce is how you truly restore gut health. It’s also how you heal so-called MTHFR gene mutations and other methylation issues. Note that themedical communities’ label “MTHFR gene mutation” is inaccurate, though.
People with this condition do not actually have a gene defect; rather, their bodies are experiencing toxic overload that’s preventing the conversion of nutrients to micronutrients. These powerful microorganisms can lower homocysteine levels and virtually reverse an MTHFR gene mutation diagnosis.
Once you’ve reestablished your stomach’s hydrocloric acid, removed heavy metals from your gut and irritating foods from your diet, and revised your gut’s ability to make vitamin B12 by restoring productive bacteria, any gut health problem you have is likely to heal.
Making Sense Of Fads, Trends, And Myths About The Gut
There are a number of gut health trends, both in and out of mainstream medicine, that are really unproductive- and sometimes reckless. When we’re unwell, we often become desperate, willing to try anything, which makes it easy to be persuaded by the variety of trendy treatments out there. Take caution, though. For example, one of the many popular fads, is the use of hydrocloric acid supplements.
Hydrochloric Acid Supplements
There are supplements that claim to provide your stomach’s missing hydrochloric acid in pill form. While these are well-intentioned, there are two problems with them.
First, they aren’t helping your stomach create hydrochloric acid on its own.
Second, and more important, the manufacturers of these supplements don’t realize that your stomach’s hydrochloric acid isn’t composed of just one chemical. While science hasn’t yet discovered this, your stomach houses a complex blend of seven different acids. (In approximately one decade, this truth will start to surface in sources other than the books of the Medical Medium, Anthony William).
The supplements offer only one of the seven acids that make up your stomach’s digestive hydrochloric acid, so they’re a very incomplete solution.
Even worse, they can hinder your stomach’s rebuilding of its digestive fluids by creating a chemical imbalance that overwhelmingly favors jost one of the seven acids in the blend. Until this is properly researched and understood, hydrochloric acid supplements are not a good option.
These supplements are unlikely to do you any great harm. However, you’re tremendously better off drinking a glass of celery juice daily and preferably on an empty stomach.
It’s only with celery that you’ll fully restore your stomach’s store of hydrochloric acid and reclaim your gut health.
Other fads regarding healing the gut are the championing of sodium bicarbonate as a treatment for candida or taking diatomaceous earth (diatomite) to heal the gut and the most popular gallbladder flushes with various odd oil concontions such as a glass of pure olive oil mixed with herbs and/or lemon juice, cayenne, or maple syrup. Read more in the book Medical Medium, Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How To Finally Heal by Anthony William.
The last and one of the widest spread trend or fad is the use of fermented foods.
Let’s go back in time, before refrigeration was invented. For millennia in various parts of the globe, you would take your last crop of the season and, in order to survive another winter, throw the fruits and vegetables into pots. These harvests would then undergo a mysterious process that prevented total decomposition and instead preserved the foods.
In Russia, for example, they threw cabbages into vats and let them dissolve until they were practically mush, creating what we know as sauerkraut.
This fermentation was critical- without it, people would have starved to death. No one had a supermarket to pop into on their way home from work, or a freezer or refrigerator to preserve their food supply.
In the present day, fermented foods have taken on a revered status- they’re celebrated as a boon to health. That’s not quite correct.
There’s a misconception that because fermented foods helped humans along for thousands of years, they have health benefits. Truth is, fermented foods were about survival. A self-preserved food was the difference between life and death by starvation. It’s better to view these edibles as an important historical stopgap, rather than as a health aid.
The so-called probiotics in fermented foods are not life-giving. The bacteria in them thrive off the decay process- in other words, they thrive of death, not life. When an animal dies in the woods, the bacteria that start to engulf its flesh are in the same category as the bacteria used to preserve fermented foods of all kinds.
They’re in a different category of bacteria from the beneficial type covered earlier in this blog. The elevated microorganisms on living fruits and vegetables thrive on life, and are therefore restorative to your gut, because we are alive. They have a life force that the bacteria in fermented foods do not.
When we think of benerficial bacteria, we often think about yogurt. We’ve been conditioned to believe that the probiotics in yoghurt support our gut health. If you’re struggling with a health condition, though, yogurt is not a positive food to consume; dairy feeds all manner of ills. Plus, if it’s pasteurized yogurt, the pasteurization process has killed the probiotics anyway.
The beneficial bacteria that do thrive in raw, living yogurt cannot withstand hydrochloric acid and therefore die in the stomach, never reaching the intestinal tract.
The vast majority of fermented food- kimchi, sauerkraut, salami, pepperoni, soy sauce, kombucha tea, and so on- breed bacteria from foods that are no longer alive. Such bacteria are useless for your gut.
For most people, these bacteria do no harm; they’re simply passed through the digestive tract and quickly expelled by the body as unnecessary. There’s nothing wrong with consuming them.
Some people’s bodies respond more harshly, however, perceiving the bacteria as foreign invaders and overreacting in efforts to banish them. This can result in bloating, stomach pain, gas, nausea, and/or diarrhea. Even if this occurs, though, it’s a temporary situation that ends once the bacteria’s flushed out.
So if you like fermented foods, it’s fine to keep eating them for their unique flavour. And if fermented foods upset your stomach, or if you just don’t like them, don’t eat them. They don’t provide a lot of health benefits to your gut.
And if you think they have major benefits, you’re being misled. The HCl (hydrochloric acid) in our guts is extremely sensitive to the bacteria on fermented foods, so it kills the unproductive bacteria even if it’s harmless; it sees it as the enemy. This is in stark contrast to the life-giving bacteria from freshly picked living foods. The beneficial bacteria on a piece of kale straight from the garden is virtually indestructible by Hcl- so that’s where you should turn your focus if you’re looking for the true boon to gut health.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’re concerned about a gut health condition of any kind and you’re looking for cures, steer clear of the apple cider vinegar myth.
Don’t get me wrong. Apple cider vinegar is by far the most beneficial, healthiest, and safest of all vinegars. It’s better for you than cleaning vinegar, white and red wine vinegars, balsamic or rice vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is ideal for external use, such as addressing skin rashes, scalp issues, and even wounds.
But any vinegar taken internally can act as an irritant to any gut health issue and will ultimately be detrimental.
If you can’t resisit vinegar, use high-quality apple cider vinegar, preferably with “mother” in it, which means it’s unprocessed, living vinegar.
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