29 Jan Your Gut and Repairing Autoimmunity
Your Gut and Autoimmune Disease
Hippocrates the father of medicine said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Did you know that 70-80% of your immune health is located in your gut? That’s correct! What an understatement to say how vitally important it is that we take good care of our gut health.
Why is Gut Health so Important
Interestingly, your gut is the gateway to health. Just what exactly is your gut? Well, it’s your entire gastrointestinal system which includes your mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. Your body will not have a healthy immune system without the totality of a healthy gut.
The body functions as a whole. If something goes wrong in one area, it will directly affect the other areas of your body. Have you ever played dominos as a kid? Do you recall patiently lining up those black and white tiles one-by-one? Recall pushing the first one down excitedly watching as the tiles connected quickly tumbling the entire lineup. Your body works on a similar principle. The health or dysfunction of one system impacts all of the others. Just like dominos!
Where Does Gut Health Go Wrong
How exactly does our gut derail? In a word, digestion. Here is a short list of leading digestive issues that cause all manner of upset to the homeostasis in your gut. Eating too fast. Not chewing sufficiently. Inadequate saliva. Low stomach acid (HCL). Stress. Not sleeping. Eating inflammatory foods like gluten, sugar, trans fats and all manner of processed foods. A balance of healthy fats like omega 3 and omega 6. Insufficient hydration. Lack of enzymes. Parasites. Bacteria, viruses, and yeast overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins can also come in the form of medications including antibiotics, Motrin, and Advil. This indeed is one hefty toxic burden on your body! Finally, the lack of consuming an organic nutritionally dense whole food diet.
These all too common digestive stumbling blocks damage your intestinal lining. The tight junctions that typically hold your gut lining together become loose, allowing undigested food particles, microbes, and toxins to escape the safety of your gut and enter your bloodstream. This is a big no-no! These little invaders cause systemic inflammation throughout your body. Leaky gut is the name we give this syndrome and it is the beginning stage of an autoimmune disease.
When the gut is chronically damaged an inflammatory-immune response will be triggered. Once your gut is broken, your immune system can react negatively to even the healthiest of foods. Unfortunately, nothing you eat will be digested properly. The underlying damaged microbiome is the issue and root of the problem.
How to Repair The Broken Gut
Alas, all is not lost and there is good news! To fortify your gut you’ll need to add fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, raw organic cheeses, kimchi, yogurt, and of course pre and probiotics. Why fermented foods? Well, they go through a process in which natural bacteria eat sugar and starch to create lactic acid. This lactic acid helps aid digestion in your body and heal those broken junctions in your intestine.
Homemade organic bone broths or meat broths are an excellent idea to add to your diet. These broths are especially healing to the digestive system. Collagen and glycine are strong healing compounds found naturally in bone broth. Eating an organic nutritionally dense diet, along with fermented foods and bone broths should eventually repair your intestinal wall.
Using this approach while minimizing stress, will help enable your body to reverse ongoing autoimmune conditions. The key is to remove those nasty gut killing foods that derailed your immune system in the first place. Feeding your gut microbiome properly will revolutionize the future of your health. Changing your diet is primary. Remember, you truly are what you eat!
Website:Bulletproof, Signs Your Gut Is Unhealthy and Why You Should Fix It, Allison Moody
Website: Mercola MD,Healing a Leaky Gut: Why You Need More than Just a ‘Band-Aid.
Website: Dr, Jill Your Functional Medicine Expert, Leaky Gut Bone Broth.