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 tie back to your digestive health? IBD patients know the aches associated with autoimmune disease and chronic health issues all too well. While you may not experience digestive symptoms thanks to the help of medications or self treatment, inflammation shows up in a variety of ways.
Inflammation has been linked as the cause of most modern diseases again and again. In fact, IBD itself is called Inflammatory Bowel Disease, literally after inflammation in the intestines.
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 this problem.
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! Of course, this is standard of card as 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 although there is symptom relief, the patient may have a bigger problem developing that is communicating via symptoms and complications.
It can’t be denied that conventional medicine saves lives everyday. However, new studies are published everyday disproving what we knew and believed. Previously, the gut, a.k.a. gastrointestinal tract, was simply dismissed as something that digests our food. Now, 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 deep connection, that is reinforced the more we learn.
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.
Inflammation IBD takeaway
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