What gut health has to do with acne, allergies, autoimmunity...& much more!
Another dilemma that can cause skin disasters, and many more serious conditions, is the health of your gut. Science is finally catching up to a statement Hippocrates made 2000 years ago, "All disease begins in the gut.” It is a foreign idea to most people that the root of skin problems, psychological and neurological disorders, and autoimmune conditions all begin in the gut. It can get complicated; there is so much going on in our bellies. The lining of our digestive system, if laid flat, would cover a football field. It takes all of that to digest our food and extract the building materials for our new cells. There are 500 million neurons in our gut, and it has rightfully been named the second brain. 95% of our serotonin and 50% of dopamine is created in our gut, which is known to influence mood, emotion, appetite, energy and sleep. We have more bacteria in our gut than we have cells in our body. These bacteria are part of a very complex system known as the micro-biome or microflora. When this system is out of balance, the body's destruction will ensue.
It is such a blessing that intelligent individuals abound right now and are finally getting the word out about true health and its healing possibilities. There are so many healthy-living bloggers, podcasters, doctors, researchers, and scientists that are bringing the topic of gut health back to the table. These individuals are also healing themselves, their family members, and their clients, of disorders that mainstream doctors could not. For example, JJ Virgin, a top celebrity nutrition and fitness expert, explains in her book how her clients skin started to glow, they dropped weight, gained energy, improved their mood, mental focus, and aches and pain disappeared once they took certain "healthy" foods out of their diets. This removal allowed time for their guts to heal and to cease seemingly unrelated reactions. On the other side of the globe, when Dr. Natasha Cambell-Mcbride, a Russian neurologist living in the UK, found that her training left her unable to help her autistic son, she began a new journey and her new studies led her to the treatment and full recovery of her son. What she didn't expect was that this same protocol had also healed a wide range of psychological disorders, from ADD to schizophrenia, eczema, digestive issues, and autoimmune conditions—even PMS, fatigue and migraines were relieved. Her protocol revolved around the healing of the gut, and many other experts have also focused their attention on the healing of this life sustaining system with great results.
We now know that it is highly probable that our gut is dominated by pathogens instead of the healthy bacteria that should be present in the microflora. When this happens, the seeds of sickness are planted. Our antiacid drugs, birth control, antibiotics in our farm animals and prescriptions, and gut pathogens all suppress our stomach acid production. This production is critical to receiving the nutrients we need from our food, and it keeps pathogens at bay. By suppressing production, even more bacteria come up from the large intestine, causing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and causing symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, and skin problems such as rosacea and rashes. The damage from SIBO can also lead to deficiency syndromes—think mineral, vitamin and amino acid deficiencies…that's serious trouble.
SIBO even has links to adrenal fatigue, a newly recognized syndrome causing tiredness, sleepless nights, irritability, and anxiety. These pathogens can be viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections. While you may think that only people in third world countries have to worry about these things, our modern lifestyle and diet provides the best habitat for pathogens to flourish. Antibiotics, pesticides, and sanitizers wipe out our good flora while white flour and sugar feed the pathogens and overwhelm the good life balancing bacteria. We have lost the traditions of eating fermented foods, gut soothing homemade soups and stews, and we no longer use natural anti-microbial herbs to keep pathogens in check. We've even lost the wisdom to give a child a daily cup of raw carrots to treat a gut infection.
The CDC came out with an article stating that millions of Americans are infected with parasites. 1 out of 5 people under 40 in the U.S., are infected with the gut damaging bacteria H pylori, and over 50% of those over the age of 60 are infected. Part of the destruction from these pathogens are to the cells that absorb our food. These cells become sick and diseased and instead of being tight and close together, the cellular wall that normally serves as a strong barrier between the outside world and inner body becomes leaky. Undigested food, toxins from our environment, and from the pathogens themselves get into the body. The immune system, not recognizing it, launches an attack, flooding the body with inflammation. Inflammation can trigger anything from acne to arthritis and is the cause of all pain. According to Dr. Campbell-McBride, this leaky gut is the cause of food allergies and intolerance, all psychological disease, and autoimmune conditions.
When most of us think of a food allergy, we think of someone at risk of their throat or face swelling up. There are much more mild versions of food allergies, sometimes called food intolerances or sensitivities brought on by the gut pathogens and leaky gut. These allergies can strip the vitality from your life. With a damaged gut, foods aren't fully digested and the bad bacteria has the opportunity to ferment, causing gas and bloating. There are so many symptoms that we tolerate are actually symptoms of food allergies.
Look at the list below and see why the gut is so critical to looking and feeling great. If you or your child have these symptoms, it would be wise to do an elimination diet to find what the culprit is. You don't have to eliminate those foods forever, just long enough to give your gut a chance to heal.
Common symptoms of a food sensitivity (or a jacked-up gut)
dark circles under eyes
puffy eyes or face
violence or uncontrollable temper
http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbhylori.htm-about 2/3rds of the world population is infected with Hpylori
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