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:
- Essential or beneficial (friendly) flora.
- 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.
- 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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