Unhealthy Gut = Unhealthy Body
Elie Metchnikoff (Microbiologist) “Death begins in the GUT!”
-The truth about gut dysbiosis and how it may be affecting your health.
By: Dr. Chantell Groenewald
M. Tech (HOM) UJ
Studio. Innate (Centurion Gate)
What is gut dysbiosis? It is a term used to refer to the relationship between the healthy bacteria in our guts, and the unhealthy bacteria. When these two groups of organisms are not found in a healthy ratio to one another, it sets the stage for gut dysbiosis, which is the breeding ground for a whole host of diseases you could never have imagined. Here are some of the diseases associated with an unhealthy gut:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Type II Diabetes
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Anxiety and depressive disorders
- Recurrent colds and flu
- Bloating, Weight gain, Diarrhoea and Constipation
- Female hormonal disturbances
…to only name a few.
So we all know the importance of drinking a good probiotic to ensure a healthy gut…but did you know that is goes so much deeper than that. Here are some facts about gut dysbiosis, how to prevent it, how to treat it and how it is affecting your health.
– There are hundreds of species that make up the flora of out digestive systems, though, not all of them are ‘good’ bacteria. When the good vs bad bacteria are in balance with one another, we are said to have a healthy. However, there are a few things that can disrupt this balance, killing the good bacteria and allowing the bad bacteria to overgrow in the digestive tract, these include:
- Antibiotics use
- Unhealthy diet high in sugar and processed carbohydrates
- Use of the oral contraception pill
- Steroid use (including cortisol)
– When the bad bacteria flourish, it sets in motion a cascade of inflammatory processes, which ultimately effects the permeability of our digestive tracts. When the permeability is affected, we are said to have a leaky gut.
– Leaky gut syndrome revers to the increased permeability in our intestinal wall, which allows parasites, bacteria and even food molecules to escape from the gut lumen into our circulation.
– 70% of our bodies immune cells sit in our gut, loss of the gut lining integrity has fundamental effects on our health and the health of our immune systems.
– To heal our gut lining, we need to aim treatment at the nutritional supplementations that can restore the integrity of the epithelial cells lining the gut, up regulate the immune modulators responsible for controlling inflammations (IL-10) and restoring the balance between the good vs. bad bacteria in our system.
– Supplementations essential for the health of our gut include Vit D; Vit A; Co Q 10; Omega 3, Prebiotics and probiotics containing the correct cultures to restore IL-10 function
– Foods for a healthy gut include carrots; apples; avocado; omega 3 rich foods; Bulgarian yoghurt and soft cheeses rich in pre and probiotics, to name a few.
– Foods for an unhealthy gut, most importantly, include sugar and gluten (especially if there is a gluten intolerance)
– Stool analysis often provides essential information on what species of bacteria has overgrown the gut, and exactly what supplementation is required to restore the gut health.
To treat any symptom, in the body of an individual with a dysbiotic gut, would be like treating a gunshot wound with a plaster. We have to HEAL the gut to enable CURE to take place in the rest of our bodies.
Healthy gut = Healthy body = Healthy mind