Good Health begins in the Gut
The statement that good health resides in your gut was promoted by Hippocrates the father of medicine and I am a firm believer in this theory. Most of our immune system resides in the gut and the liver is an important part of our immune competence.
So many of us have problems in that area so let us look at the problem of digestive disorders such as -
Gastritis, reflux or heartburn, bloating after meals, constipation, flatulence and irritable bowel syndrome.
These problems can be caused by the following imbalances-
- Inflammation of the mucous lining of the stomach and intestines
- Inadequate production of hydrochloric acid (HCL acid) from the stomach during a meal
- Sluggish flow of bile and/or a dysfunctional gall bladder
- Fatty Liver
- Inadequate secretion of digestive enzymes from the pancreas
- Unhealthy bacteria and parasites in the gut
- Stress, which causes dysfunction of the nerves to the gut wall
- Diverticulitis, which is inflammation of pockets in the wall of the large bowel
What are the solutions?
- Sometimes we just need a good detox, which can be obtained by eating raw vegetables, raw fruits, steamed vegetables, stewed fruits and vegetable soups for one to two weeks
- Digestive enzymes at the beginning of meals
- A good liver formula such as Livatone to support liver function and the flow of healthy bile
- A probiotic formula
- A selenium supplement to reduce inflammation and support liver function
- Glutamine and Colostrum powder in a dose of one teaspoon three times daily. Glutamine is able to repair gut inflammation and acts as a fuel for the cells lining the gut.
Glutamine along with selenium, also helps the liver to manufacture the antioxidant glutathione, which reduces inflammation and toxicity. This is a much more effective way of increasing your blood glutathione level than taking glutathione tablets.
Raw juices containing celery, cucumber, pineapple, mint, parsley and apple can soothe the gut and reduce excess acidity.
Useful laboratory tests
These include a blood test to check your genotype for HLA DQ patterns to see if you are predisposed to celiac disease. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. If you are sensitive to gluten and continue to eat it, this may cause a lot of inflammation in your intestines and stomach and in such cases you need to choose gluten free grains such as rice, or avoid grains altogether.
A sample of your feces may be examined under a microscope and cultured for unhealthy bacteria and parasites. If you are concerned by the results, talk to your doctor and if you prefer to use natural therapies the formula PARASITE CLEANSE is very useful. It contains herbal ingredients which act as natural antibiotics against parasites and unhealthy bacteria.
If you are constipated increase your intake of water and raw juices and use gluten free fiber products such as FiberTone.