Health Tips for Overall Well-being from Hope Wellness Clinic

Your Gut and Toxins

Your Gut and Toxins

Your Gut is a living dynamic system that is critical for your health. It is where up to 85% of what you need for life comes from or through!

A Toxin is a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of protein in a living organism and is usually very unstable and capable of causing disease when introduced into the body & is also capable of neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.

 

Gut Microbiome: There is a universe of organisms (good bugs) living inside of your digestive tract that communicates with your lungs, your liver, and your brain. These bugs do a lot of work and you cannot live without them. There are in excess of 100 Trillion of them in your gut and they are responsible for helping you digest and absorb the food you eat. They affect the way you feel, breathe, think, act, your immune system, your sleep, and your energy! Your gut is also responsible to help produce and absorb some necessary vitamins like B and K which are needed for bones, blood, neurons, in fact – every single cell!

When your gut bugs are out of balance, it makes you weak, tired and inflamed, and it can even change your mood & personality. Toxins have a way of hijacking these bugs and your gut for their own survival! In today’s world with all of our processed foods with chemical additives that can be toxic, you need to be very careful about what you eat!

It is important to note that the gut talks to the brain and the lungs via the endocrine & nervous systems and specific chemical interactions. These interactions oversee your food intake, glucose regulation, fat metabolism (and storage), insulin secretion, brain and bone development. Surely you want all of these systems to work well for you right?

Your ability to fight off illness begins with your gut. About 70% of your immune cells live inside your gut, and your microbiome trains these cells to act a certain way before they go into circulation. They can either promote or suppress inflammation depending upon whether your gut is thriving or is out of balance. If in balance, then it can strengthen the cell walls and prevent leaky gut syndrome which is what potentially begins the process of developing some form of illness, brain fog, asthma, or allergies, as well as the autoimmune issue.

Being out of balance can also cause the formation of endotoxins which will then allow the bacteria in your gut to form toxins that will make you feel weak and tired. Once that happens, these toxins are will potentially get into your bloodstream and then every other area of your body and cause some form of reaction.

It is important to know that by keeping our gut microbiome in balance we can stay healthy, have an optimal digestive process and a strong immune system!

How do we do it?

  1. Chose the right types of low inflammation foods that are high in specific nutrients.
  2. Avoid high histamine foods and processed foods that can cause inflammation.
  3. Food diversity: eat a variety of whole foods, unprocessed foods and avoid most of the Standard American Diet (SAD) – IF you want to be healthy!
  4. Buy Local: Fresh, organically raised vegetables, and meats are the best sources of food.
  5. Be very careful of grains! Repair your gut and then try some fermented and sprouted grains – rarely if you feel you need them.
  6. Limit your sugars and dairy. Both of these are very hard on your gut and feed toxins. Some cheeses are okay, some are not. Processed sugars are bad and fruit is usually good.
  7. Be careful of alcohol as too much reduces and kills the good gut microbiome.
  8. Be careful of too much fiber (psyllium husk) as it can cause more harm than good.
  9. Avoid too many things with potential mold toxins, phytates, oxalates, and lectins.
  10. Eat foods that are good for your gut bugs: asparagus, carrots, squash & sweet potatoes.

Help your gut with good digestive aides:

  1. Pre-digestive enzymes with Betaine HCL.
  2. L-Glutamine with meals.
  3. Potentially; Prebiotics or Probiotics after meals.
  4. Digestive enzymes between meals.
  5. Activated Charcoal to help absorb and remove toxins.
  6. Bone broth to help repair the guts and the cells.

Cautions: Use antibiotics with great caution.

And most importantly: Reduce Stress! Studies have shown that too much stress limits the nutrients absorbed, effects blood flow, the brain-gut-lung connections, causes oxygenation, inflammation and brain fog! All a part of disease!

Dr. Ben Bowers DC
Hope Wellness Clinic