Some factors that may contribute to inflammation include:
- A low-fiber, high-sugar, processed, nutrient-poor, high-calorie diet which causes the wrong bacteria and yeast to grow in the gut
- Undetected gluten intolerance, celiac disease or low grade food allergies to foods such as dairy, eggs or?corn
- Overuse of antibiotic medications
- Overuse of medications like acid blockers (e.g., Prilosec, Nexium) and anti-inflammatory medicine (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen)
- Food additives
- Food allergies
- Chronic low-grade infections, yeast overgrowth or parasites
- Toxins such as mercury and mold
Here are some ways to keep your gut healthy or heal your gut:
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
- Avoid foods you’re allergic to
- Eat plenty of whole, unprocessed foods high in fiber
- Take probiotics to rebuild friendly bacteria in the gut
- Treat any infections or overgrowth of yeast, bacteria, or parasites
- Take digestive enzymes and gut-healing nutrients
- Take extra omega 3 supplements
Note: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. It is based on sources mentioned at the end of this post; you should consult a medical doctor and nutritionist for a complete examination to come up with a tailor-made plan specific to your medical condition.
I’ve found this information logical and sensible, and have implemented a number of the gut healing suggestions, with the help of a nutritionist. My son is avoiding foods he is allergic to, eating only whole, unprocessed foods, eating high fiber foods, taking potent probiotics and omega 3 supplements. In addition, I have been looking into anti-inflammatory foods that I can incorporate into his diet. Based on some research, here is what I found:
These are considered to be Inflammatory Foods:
- Junk food, processed food, and fast food which tend to be low in fiber, high in sugar and?refined carbohydrates, and nutrient poor
- High-fat meats (e.g., beef, lamb, pork)
- Processed meats (e.g., lunch meat, hot dogs, sausages which contain nitrites that are inflammatory)
- Foods high in saturated fat such as meats, dairy products and eggs (choose low-fat dairy products, chicken, fish)
- Refined carbohydrates (e.g., white flour, pasta made with refined white wheat flour, white rice)
- High sugar foods (e.g., soda, fruit juice blends, sugary cereals, candy, pastries)
- And possibly, Nightshade plants (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant); may cause irritation in some people
These are considered to be Anti-Inflammatory Foods:
- Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in?cold-water oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, black cod, herring, anchovies), walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds
- Nuts, legumes, seeds
- High fiber whole grains
- Vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables)
- Fruits (brightly colored fruits like berries that contain anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and antioxidants)
nothing likes to be eaten! Where as animals can run away from their predators, plants cannot, therefore they require other defense mechanism so that their whole species does not get wiped out.
- Gluten – You have more than likely seen products in the grocery store that proclaim ?gluten-free!? If your like the average person you probably had no clue what this meant, all you knew was you weren?t going to be eating it. So what is gluten? Why should you avoid it? Gluten is a protein found in mostly all grain (wheat, rye, spelt, barley, oats etc) that your body does not obtain the ability to digest. Your body does not use protein, it uses the building blocks that constitute them, amino acids.
- Gluten is a defense mechanism in that it cannot be digested, and it irritates the gut lining (think poison ivy) causing a problem known as ?leaky gut? or increased intestinal permeability.
- If your gut lining is irritated, large undigested proteins can slip through into the blood stream. Why is this a problem? Because like I mentioned before, your body doesn?t use proteins, it uses amino acids. Protein has to be broken down into amino acids and absorbed for the body to use.
- When these intact proteins get into our blood stream, the immune system will mount an attack to the foreign substance and create anti-bodies so that if anything similar comes through again your body is ready.
- The problem lies when these foreign proteins (anything protein you eat) resemble that of protein tissue that make up your body. If this happens, those anti-bodies begin attacking yourself, this is known as ?molecular mimicry.? Now we have an auto-immune condition.
- Increased gut permeability or ?leaky gut? has been implicated as one of the main causes for every auto-immune condition, including: Multiple Sclerosis, Insulin-dependent Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypothyroidism and Asthma.
- It should also be noted that just because you do not have any auto-immune conditions, doesn?t mean this isn?t effecting you. More than half of all celiacs (gluten-intolerance) have latent (present but not visible) symptoms. With an irritated gut it will make it harder too absorb nutrients, and break down food in general. Are you one of those people that just can?t digest meat, especially red meat? Get all the gut irritants out of your diet, allow your gut to heal and I will almost guarantee this issue will go away. The pH of your stomach could also be low due to the stress of latent irritation and the fact you could be low on zinc and B6 (not absorbing nutrients properly, remember?).
- Lectins–?Think of a lectin as a protein containing a key that fits a certain type of lock. This lock is a specific type of carbohydrate. All life forms, plant and animal, insect and fungus have cell membranes that contain carbohydrates that sit within and project from the membrane. If a lectin with the right key comes in contact with one of these ?locks? on the gut wall or artery or gland or organ it ?opens the lock?, that is disrupts the membrane and damages the cell and may initiate a cascade of immune and autoimmune events leading to cell death.?
- Enzyme Blockers–These toxins are found in grains, beans and potatoes. Their function is to delay the onset of germination until favourable conditions arise. Unfortunately they also block protein-digesting enzymes such as pepsin, trypsin and cymotrypsin.
- Fiber?-Ever heard of broccoli, cauliflower, kale or spinach? In fact I cannot find one shred of evidence why fiber is essential for health. Check out this nutritional table at Living Paleo to see just how nutritionally inadequate grains are compared to fruits & vegetables.
- Phytic Acid– Also known as ?phytates? are little buggers that bind to minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc etc. They won?t allow you to absorb what little nutrients grains have in the first place, and they can rob your body of them as well.
- Fatty Acid Profile– Grains are predominantly omega-6 and very little omega-3. The problem with this is that omega-6 tend to be pro-inflammatory and omega-3?s anti-inflammatory. Too much omega 6 in the diet will encourage inflammation in the body. If that doesn?t sound good, its because it isn?t good. Inflammation is the route cause of almost all disease. Adjusting you 6s & 3s can have an enormous effect on your health and well-being.
- Insulin management-Whether your goal is to lose a few pounds or just be healthier in general, controlling insulin should be your main priority. Insulin is a hormone released in response to elevated blood sugar. The best way to elevated your blood sugar is by consuming carbohydrates. There are no ?simple? or ?complex? carbs, they are both just sugar and enter the blood stream at a rapid pace. Grains being almost entirely carbohydrate (sugar), would be a poor choice to consume if you want to control insulin. Why is this such a big deal? Insulin control what your body does with incoming nutrients. If their is room you will store some of those amino acids & glucose in the muscle tissue or liver, if not they will be readily shipped to the fat tissue for storage. Insulin is a storage hormone. When insulin is high, nothing gets out of the cells. You can?t burn fat when it can?t get out of the cells.
As a Latin man I realized we don’t have to remember any names. We just go;
– senhor !! very good to see you –
– senhorita!! you look beautiful today –
flaxseed oil improves balance
flaxseed oil improves balance
– Thank you for Nothing MD’s. –
From the internet; ” … if you do lose your gallbladder, you can combat poor digestion with HCL and enzyme”.
When my gall bladder was removed my MD said I really don’t need it for my digestion. I don’t listen to Doctors anymore.
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And yes … that is my finger close to the camera.
While Video chatting with J I doscover more cool features to play with. MMmmhh… this is an interesting fishy way of looking at life.
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