Imbalance in one organ or organ system can lead to changes in a completely different part of our body. This new understanding of disease pathology brings out numerous ways of dealing with it. If you suffer from allergies, morbid obesity, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, recurrent headaches, the actual cause may be unhealthiness of your gut even without any digestive complaints.
Let’s take a closer look at the gastro intestinal tract and why it may be the crux of your long term illness.
How does gut bacteria involve organs throughout our body?
Recent studies have shown high number of bad bugs in the gut of a child from Italy who eats diet high in fat, protein and sugar than in the gut of a child from Africa who in more on a high fibre, beans and vegetable diet. These bad bugs produce toxic products causing autoimmunity, allergic reactions and asthma.
The increase in vaccination regimen and antibiotic considerably altered the flora and fauna in our gut and this has a large impact on general health. The toxins and by-products produced by these surly bacteria can all have a negative impact on our brain.
Some useful bacteria create short chain fatty acids (SFCA). These fats are good for us as they decrease inflammation and amend your immune system. On the other hand harmful bacteria form toxins that promote eczema, asthma, allergy and inflammation.
By examining the waste products of the gut by a test known as organic acid testing, we can distinguish between autistic and normal children. Hence we find unhealthy gut bacteria causing neuro-psychiatric disease.
Another interesting study revealed that antibiotics prescribed for acne in some children caused imbalance in the gut bacilli which triggered inflammatory bowel disease which is a type of auto-immune disease.
The patients suffering from liver failure presented with delirium because of the toxins produced by their gut bacteria affecting their brain. On giving them antibiotic to kill those bacteria, they recovered drastically.
So, we see it is scientifically proved that the bad bugs in our gut are the culprit agent for many diseases. Now let’s discuss about how to keep them under check.
Five steps to re-balance your gut flora:
- Diet rich in fiber should be taken—Fiber is present in optimum amounts in whole grains, vegetables, seeds, nuts and beans.
- We should reduce intake sugar, refined carbohydrates and processed foods as they help in proliferation of the harmful bacteria in our gut.
- Overuse of acid suppressants and antibiotics should be used only if and when really necessary since they alter the delicate balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut.
- Probiotics rich foods should be taken daily like naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchee but also raw Kefir.
- Special investigations like functional medicine analysis which detects infections and determine the current condition of the gut among many other useful markers
Thus we see it is very important to follow the above mentioned five steps in order to keep our gut flora in harmony and thereby protect ourselves from the dreaded diseases that they can cause.