Inflammation Gut Health Connection
Gut health plays a much larger role in long term health than we can imagine. The inflammation and gut health connection can help explain the problems associated and ways to improve gut health and relieve inflammation.
Inflammation in the body may appear as pain in the joints, eyes, and rest of body. Do you know your knee, shoulder, or neck pain all ties back to your digestive health?
It is long known that inflammation is the culprit behind most diseases. Here is a list of disease caused by poor gut health and eventually chronic inflammation.
If any of these sound familiar you are dealing with inflammation.
- thyroid issues
- chronic fatigue
- chronic pain
- hormonal imbalance
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Sinusitis
Where does inflammation start?
Inflammation starts in the gut.
Inflammation is the body’s response to the malabsorption of nutrients due to impaired digestion. This stems from the permeability of your gut lining, (how leaky your gut is). Intestinal permeability or Leaky Gut Syndrome is the opportunity for toxins, viruses, yeast, and proteins that belong in the gut to pass through the gut lining and into the bloodstream. Finally, here is where your body triggers the inflammatory attack.
The response affects the gut, pancreas, brain, kidney, liver, and skeletal system. You don’t need to have symptoms of a leaky gut to be battling one.
ALL AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE BEGINS WITH A LEAKY GUT.
Addressing Gut Problems: Key to Solving Inflammation-related diseases and Other Illnesses?
When people get sick, it will most likely never cross their mind that the cause is rooted within their gut. If you feel like you are wasting your time with countless visits to your doctor you are probably dealing with chronic inflammation. The most common mistake repeated by people suffering with almost any condition is treating the symptoms only! This behavior is totally normal as Western medicine aims to provide relief to the patient. Relief comes in the form of pain killers, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics etc. As a result, the symptoms are quieted and you can return to school, work etc. However, the problem is that while relieving the symptoms the patient may have a bigger problem developing that their body was trying to communicate with those symptoms and complications.
The solution to a headache is a painkiller. With diarrhea you take an OTC drug. Western medicine allows you to take the pill and still go to the party, dinner, or meeting that you had planned. While this makes life easier, be sure to combat your symptoms and try to heal the root cause (which most likely stems from a leaky gut).
Ultimately, it can’t be denied that conventional medicine has saved thousands of lives. But many are not yet open to the idea that it’s an evolving science. New scientific studies are conducted yearly and results sway from the previous theories we’ve come to know in the past, rendering what we once believed to be true as obsolete.
For example, the gut, a.k.a. gastrointestinal tract, was simply dismissed as something that digests our food. However, new studies show that it holds a critical role to overall health, controlling our weight, energy levels, immunity, and nutrition. The digestive tract and the brain have a deeper connection than commonly acknowledged.
Gut and Brain Connection
Did you know that your gut is also dubbed as the “second brain”?
The gut has a mind of its own – it’s officially known as the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system is found in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small intestines. Stress is the number one thing people try to eliminate for the sake of their health. The problem is stress on the digestive system isn’t induced by your thoughts only. The second brain or enteric system is the second brain in the digestive system. Lifestyle and diet affect gut health directly. Lack of nutrients, unhealthy oils, even body care items can stress the enteric system and cause inflammatory reactions.
The idea that what is going on in your gut affects what is going on in your brain is being proven again and again by health research. If you aren’t eating right you aren’t thinking right.
Have you tested your inflammation levels and they are in healthy ranges? Mostly, symptoms and subtle problems seem to come and go. You feel groggy, brain fog, fatigued, and even eye pain? Get this, a lifelong diet containing a few of the wrong foods leaves the immune system with a constant sway of barely detectable inflammation.
- Soy sauce
- Clam Juice
Conventional vegetables and fruits
Unhealthy fats & oils:
- Canola oil
- Corn oil
- Vegetable Oil
Sugar and wheat are found in just about anything! Sugary breads such as breakfast muffins, wheat cereals and bars in the morning set you up for a day of inflammation and a hard time on your digestive system. A life time routine of picking up a morning treat and coffee before work will have taken its toll on you before you retire.
Not only, is inflammation caused by the upset of the gut flora by food but also by outside toxins. You ingest these daily, several times a day. Products that are harmful include:
- chemicals in beauty care products (deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, soaps, and lotions.
- aspartame sweeteners
Restoring gut health and relieving inflammation
In conclusion, the more illnesses are being linked to gastrointestinal problems, the more studies that prove the inflammation and gut health connection.
“All disease begins in the gut.” -Hippocrates