How Did I Get Gut Issues?

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This Post is a continuation of the last post, which was: Our gut holds the roots of our health, with sick roots we will not to thrive.

In that Post we learned about the 3 types of Micro-flora in our gut:

  1. Essential or beneficial (friendly) flora.
  2. Opportunistic flora.
  3. Transitional flora.

The Post ended with how the opportunistic flora damage the gut wall if the beneficial (friendly) flora is weakened.

Here is the link to that Post: Our gut holds the roots of our health, with sick roots we will not to thrive.https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/our-gut-holds-the-roots-of-our-health-with-sick-roots-we-will-not-to-thrive/

We start off this Post with understanding how this situation could get worse.

The situation gets worse because without well functioning gut flora the gut wall becomes malnourished. That lack of nourishment damages of the digestive wall structure, which would further impair its ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

The absorptive surface of intestines has a structure of finger like protrusions called villi, and deep crypts between them. A thin layer of cells (enterocytes) make up lining of the gut (epithelium), coat the villi, they are the very cells that complete the digestive process and absorb the nutrients from the food. They are born in the crypts and travel to the top of the villi, where they get shed off. This way the cells of this thin layer of the intestine gets constantly renewed to ensure its ability to do its work well.

In a human body the absence of good bacteria always coincides with bad bacteria getting out of control. With weaken beneficial flora, the whole structure of the gut changes, starting process of developing diseases. The villi degenerate and become unable to digest food properly, leading to malabsorption, nutritional deficiencies and food in tolerances.

Nourishment of the body.

Everybody knows that the main purpose of having a digestive system is to be able to digest and absorb food. A good example is that digestion of milk and wheat proteins, which happens in two stages. The first stage occurs in the stomach where, under the influence of digestive juices produced by the stomach walls, milk and wheat protein to get split into peptides called caso-morphines (milk) and gluteomorphines or gliadinomorphines (wheat).

It is a normal process and it happens to all of us. Then these peptides move to the small intestine where the next stage of their digestion happens. They get subjected to pancreatic juices and then reach the intestinal wall where they are broken down by enzymes, on the microvilli of the enterocytes. This is the stage, which is missing in people with abnormal gut flora because of the poor state of their enterocytes.

As a result casomorphines (milk protein) and gluteomorphines (wheat protein) get absorbed into the bloodstream unchanged and cause problems in the body, particularly with the brain function and immune system function.

A well-balanced gut flora has an ability to digest proteins, ferment carbohydrates and breakdown lipids and fibre. By-products of bacterial activity in the gut are very important in transporting minerals, vitamins, water, gases and many other nutrients through the gut wall into the bloodstream. If the gut flora is damaged, the best foods and supplements in the world may not have a good chance of being broken down and absorbed.

I was particularly interested in this Post because since I was weaned I could not drink milk and I get nauseous when I eat wheat. I learned I was not alone.

The next Post will talk about fiber, latose, vitamin absorption and more.

Come back next week for:

Did you know that fiber can not be digested by a human gut at all without the help of beneficial bacteria?

Source: Gut and Psychology Syndrome https://www.amazon.ca/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

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Our gut holds the roots of our health, with sick roots we will not to thrive.

If the gut is sick, if it is unhealthy, then the rest of the body cannot function. You will be sick.

The GAPS nutritional protocol focuses on healing the roots of your health, the gut flora inside us.

A human body is inhabited by large numbers of various micro-creatures making one ecosystem of macro and micro life, living together in a symbiotic relationship.Recent research has shown that about 90% of all genetic material and all cells in human body is our gut flora. We ignore that part of our physiology at our peril.

A healthy adult, on average, carries 1.5 to 2 kg of bacteria in the gut. All these bacteria form a highly organized micro-world with certain species be dominating and controlling others.

Micro-flora can be divided into three groups:

  1. Essential or beneficial (friendly) flora.
  1. Opportunistic flora. In a healthy person their numbers are normally limited and are tightly controlled by the beneficial flora. Each of these microbes is capable of causing various health problems if they get out of control.
  1. Transitional flora. These are various microbes, which we daily swallow with food and drink. When the gut is well protected by beneficial flora, this group of microbes goes through our digestive system trapped without doing any harm. But if the population of beneficial flora is not functioning well in this group of microbes can cause disease.

The digestive tract is coated with a bacterial layer providing a natural barrier against invaders, undigested food, toxins and parasites.

The bacterial layer works against invasive pathogenic micro-organisms by producing antibiotic like substances and engages the immune system to respond appropriately to invaders.

Our healthy indigenous (friendly) gut flora has a good ability to neutralize toxic substances, inactivate histamine and chelate metals and other poisons. The cell walls of beneficial bacteria absorb many carcinogenic substances, making them inactive. They also suppress hyperplastic (abnormal tissue growth) processes in the gut, which the basis of all cancer formation.

And we must not forget about the opportunistic flora, which normally lives in the gut, controlled by the beneficial bacteria. They will cause trouble if the good bacteria are weakened. In inflammatory bowel disease different bacteria are found in the mucous membrane of the gut and even inside the gut cells, which means the productive bacterial band has been broken and allowed pathogens to reach the sacred gut wall.

To make the situation even worse… Well, we will leave that for next week.

Source: Gut and Psychology Syndrome https://www.amazon.ca/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

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Lydia Polstra

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MISLEADING HEADLINE: Low and high-carb diets can both raise risk of early death, new study finds

The headline may grab your attention but it is misleading.

https://www.afr.com/lifestyle/low-and-highcarb-diets-can-both-raise-risk-of-early-death-new-study-finds-20180817-h143ys

The study actually says:

“Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight loss strategy,” said study leader Dr Sara Seidelmann, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

“However, our data suggests that animal-basedlow carbohydrate diets might be associated with shorter overall lifespan and should be discouraged.  NOTE: It is animal-based, with no vegetables.

“If one chooses to follow a low carbohydrate diet, then exchanging carbohydrates for more plant-based fats and proteins might actually promote healthy ageing in the long term.”

In my opinion, that means consuming plant-based fats such as olive oil, palm and coconut oil, nuts, and avocados and seeds.

The headline may grab your attention but it is misleading.

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GAPS Part 3: Getting In Touch With The Body’s Wisdom. How Modern Foods Pervert the senses.

Dr. McBride says, we live in a world of huge amounts of nutritional information.

The following is a condensed transcript captured from the video.

She goes on to say, people are confused. What you have to understand is that your own body has been designed by nature through billions of years.

Your body is infinitely wiser and cleverer (than modern science) and it knows what it needs.

Mother Nature gave us senses. It gave us a desire for food. It gave us a sense of taste and a sense of smell, a sense of satisfaction from food. Mother Nature knows and your body knows the composition of foods on this planet.

So your body knows, at every moment of you life, what it needs and what composition of nutrients it needs right now. And it will give you a desire for food that has that exactly composition. So whenever you are ready to eat, just ask yourself a simple question: what would I love to eat right now?  And it will pop into your head immediately. You would know what you want to eat.

But before eating it, smell it first, taste it first. It would smell divine to you and it would taste divine to you, because that is what your body wants. And when you have eaten it, you will a satisfaction because that what your body will say, Ahhh, because I got what I wanted.

A couple of hours later your metabolism will change, … you will love to eat something else, because that food would feed your metabolism much better at that moment in life.

So it is important to listen to our senses and to develop them. The trouble is people disconnected themselves from their senses.

And they try to dictate to their body from their mind, because they have read some article somewhere, or they have seen the food pyramid or because they talked to some expert.

The trouble is that because people got disconnected from their senses quite a lot. The senses were perverted a little bit.

Take for example, a sense of smell, because people use so many synthetic odors now, all your washing powders and your perfumes and the air fresheners and all sorts of other smelly chemicals. They can alter your sense of smell because you got only so many receptors in your nose to smell.

And if you are using constantly a particular chemical, for example, if you are using a particularly scented laundry detergent, you are wearing the clothes all day long. You are sleeping on the bed smelling of the same thing. You are using the towels, which smells of the same thing, your receptors in your nose get all occupied by that particular chemical, so new potions of chemicals coming in, you don’t smell anymore.

You don’t realize how your clothes smell; you don’t realize how your bedding smells. And when you try to smell food you can’t smell it anymore because your receptors in your nose are occupied.

So it is very important to clear your environment of smelly things, particularly unnatural smells: chemicals smells, laundry detergent smells, and air fresheners and perfumes and deodorants and all sorts of other smelly things.

And it will take a week or two for your receptors in the nose to clean themselves up and then your sense of smell will return. It will serve you very nicely the way it is supposed to. And the way it was designed to in the choice of foods.

It is the same with the sense of taste. Processed foods have got chemicals added to them deliberately to make them addictive. There is a whole industry, within the food industry, which manufacturers addictive chemicals, because the manufacturers of food want you to get addicted to what they produce, to processed foods. And they alter your sense of taste in the mouth.

So when you stop eating processed foods your sense of taste returns.Return to eating only the food that Mother Nature provides, your true sense of taste will return. And it becomes the real true sense of taste that you are suppose to have.

There is an article that I have written on this subject called, “One Man’s Meat Is Another Man’s Poison”. And it is on my blog on the Internet called, http://www.doctor-natasha.com

This Part 3 of a 4 part series:

Here is the link to the 6 minute video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS4FFoz1xBo

 Here are the links to the past postings:

Part 1: Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) – What is GAPS?

Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) – What is GAPS?

Part 2: GAPS: Heal yourself with means natural means

GAPS: Heal yourself with natural means.

This week’s posting is:

Part 3: GAPS Getting In Touch With The Body’s Wisdom. How Modern Foods Pervert the senses. The full transcript was not published, I typed it up. Please email me if you would like a copy.

August 17th, I will post:

GAPS Part 4: Dr Natasha Campbell McBride. Can you get your child off medication? What are the roots of good health?

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GAPS diet generally is not a Ketogenic diet.

It is my desire to follow the GAPS diet for nutritional healing of the gut and therefore the brain and the rest of the body.  I will also use the macros of the Ketogenic diet to control body fat.

This week I have to reevaluate those macros with the GAPS diet.  Read on to understand why.

Dr. Natasha McBride writes, “in my opinion, what unites all these diets (Ketogenic, MCT, Modified Atkins and Low Glycemic Index Treatment (LGIT) diets) is the low carbohydrate content, in particular the exclusion of heavy starchy complex carbohydrates.

The GAPS diet does the same: all starch and complex carbohydrates are removed.

As we have discussed in this book (Gut and Psychology Syndrome, see Footnote 2), carbohydrates, particularly starch and refined sugars, feed pathogens in the body: in the gut and everywhere else. By severely restricting carbohydrates in the diet the activity of pathogens in the body is also severely restricted. Footnote 3.

Here is the truth: the vast majority of all cells in the body use fats as a source of energy: your heart, your muscles, your inner organs, etc. Whenever fat is used as a source of energy ketone bodies are created.”

GAPS diet generally is not a Ketogenic diet.Every person needs to find the right individual balance between meats and vegetables. If you are predominantly malnourished you need to have more building foods, which are animal foods. If you are predominantly toxic, then you need to eat more vegetables for a while.

I updated my blog as result of Dr. McBride’s message and my own experience. The update is posted here and in this Post dated March 17, 2018.

Protein reduction is the best way to slow aging and chronic diseases.

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/protein-reduction-is-the-best-way-to-slow-aging-and-chronic-diseases/

UPDATE: After living at 42 grams of carbs per day for several weeks, I decided to increase my protein intake.

My exercise program is the Super-Slow High-Intensity exercise workout by Dr. McGuff, which builds muscle during the recovery period between workouts. This building of muscle requires protein.

I increased my protein intake from 1 gram to 1.5 grams per lean body mass (from 42 to 70 grams per day). As a result, I feel stronger and I have increased the weights I am lifting at the gym.

I did this based on what I read on page 60 of the book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living (footnote 4) by Drs. Volek and Phinney, which says, ” generations of power athletes have made the empirical observation that they train and compete better on proportionately hight protein intakes (e.g., 1.5 to 2.5 grams per kg.).

Footnote 1: Source: GAPS book page 82.

Footnote 2: GAPS Book available at Amazon https://www.amazon.ca/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028?th=1&psc=1&source=googleshopping&locale=en-CA&tag=googcana-20&ref=pd_sl_8uuxbf85qn_e

Footnote 3: Source http://www.gaps.me/faqs.php

Footnote 4:  The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living  https://www.amazon.ca/Art-Science-Low-Carbohydrate-Living/dp/0983490708/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533320651&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Art+and+Science+of+Low+Carbohydrate+Living

Next week, I will complete the series with Part 3: Getting Touch with the Body’s Wisdom. In it this video she talks about how your body tells you what to eat and when.

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May you Live Long Healthy.

Yours truly,

Lydia Polstra

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