If you want to start a process to heal your gut, you must implement routines that will reduce stressors. Our society has demonised all bacteria and all germs, especially with the arrival of the newly introduced ”pandemic”. A huge array of products now that claim to kill ALL bacteria and germs, excessive cleaning with toxic options, and annihilating both good and bad bacteria is leaving us with an extremely vulnerable immunity system and prone to disease and dysfunction.
Not long ago, in 2007, a huge research project has started in the USA, the Human Microbiome Project and has concluded that most of these bacteria that we warmheartedly aim at destroying with our cleanliness, were actually responsible for keeping us healthy, with trillions of microbes that act just as any other human organ, yet completely ignored and disregarded any importance. Western Medicine has never gotten something so wrong! (well…)
Aside living in complete ignorance, there are thousands of things in the daily life of a human being in 2021 that result in gut inflammation and today we will look at some of them and try to pinpoint what can be done about it. While we probably won’t be able to eliminate them completely, we can aim at reducing them significantly – which will result in de-stressing your body and helping to find harmony within your system.
Here are some of the things that can inflame your gut:
- Artificial sweeteners (no sugar sodas included)
- Processed food additives
- Tap water chlorine (that is added to clean water at the water treatment plant)
- NSAIDS (ibuprofen, for instance)
- Birth control hormonal pill
- Refined starches and excess of raw vegetables and unprepared legumes
- Household cleaning products, hand disinfectants, personal care products
Remember: Your intestinal lining is like a cheesecloth.
If you’re constantly putting stress on your gut by making use or abusing of any of the above, your gut lining is like a damaged cheesecloth – meaning that it instead of aiding with filtering and keeping aside the bad stuff, your gut lining is starting to allow larger food chunks into the bloodstream (leaky gut). Your white blood cells will see this as pathogens and starts attacking them – which is leading to food allergies and cause of low degree inflammation.
Other symptoms of a damaged gut lining can be:
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Joint pain
- Wheezing sounds
- Autoimmune issues (thyroid irregularities, hashimotos, lupus, etc)
It’s true that older generations didn’t use to suffer from these conditions as much as we do nowadays, and no wonder! Do not fool yourself to think that the human body and its functions has changed in 50 years, but society surely did, unfortunately,
We are prescribed antibiotics with far more ease.
We are obsessed with keeping everything clean, so the amount of toxins is incredible, on all surfaces.
Our food is extremely affected by poor soil quality and chemicals, as well as being extra processed. Also, huge amount of GMO foods.
We suffer from far more food-borne illnesses and our children suffer from these since small in infested kindergartens that do not promote proper natural hygiene, but rather use toxins to remove the little ones immunity health and the natural bacteria.
Factory farmed meat and fish, rather than grown in nature.
Modern wheat used in all carbohydrate products at the store, even added to meats!
Now, you might be wondering, what could be the symptoms that you could have when suffering from gut inflammation or leaky gut?
- bad breath, halitosis
- fatigue and easily stressed
- food allergies and intolerances
- skin rashes, psoriasis, eczemas, rosacea, acne
- weight loss resistance and subclinical hypothyroidism or overall thyroid conditions
- joint pain, muscle fatigue, arthritis
- cravings for sugar, carbohydrates
- bloating, gas, cramping, heartburn
These are all signs that you might need to look into the 12 points mentioned above and start eliminating them from your routines. A healthy gut microbiome has 100 trillion bacterial microbes and enzymes – genes and other digestive components help to regulate metabolism, digest food, fighting off antigens and helps you to absorb nutrients that literally give you life or death.