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Inside your belly is a thriving bacterial world, an eco-system commonly known as the ‘microbiome.’ It’s filled with bacteria – trillions of them, in fact – all going about their daily business of keeping you well. Without you’re being aware of it, they’re busily breaking down food; extracting nutrients; producing vitamins and brain chemicals; fending off microbial invaders; protecting you from disease; and performing hundreds of tasks essential to keeping your systems functioning optimally.
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Many of my patients are shocked to learn that their microbome, this microscopic community that lives on and in them, plays such a vital role in their health and well-being, including their weight, their mental state, and their moods.
Your brain’s health is dictated by what goes on in your gut. That’s right: What’s taking place in your intestines affects not only your brain’s daily functions, but also determines your risk for a number of neurological conditions in the future.
For centuries the digestive system has been regarded by Eastern medical systems such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and in more modern times Naturopathy and Functional Medicine as the foundation of health and vitality. Many of the body’s ills begin as imbalances in gut homeostasis and the road to recovery is by restoring harmony and equilibrium to the digestive tract. Despite these healing traditions rich in wisdom, the gut has been trivialized by modern Western medicine as merely a food processing plant and conduit for waste removal.
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) acts as a gatekeeper, protecting the brain from various toxic elements while allowing the entrance of various life-sustaining nutrients like water, glucose, amino acids, and gases that are essential for the function of the brain. It is formed by cells that line the capillaries and are connected by what are called “tight junctions,” quite similar to the tight junctions in the cells that line the gut.
Because it is something of a mystery disease that can show itself as a bewildering array of other conditions, you could have Leaky Gut Syndrome and not even realize it. The reason is that Leaky Gut Syndrome is one of the many concepts in medicine that cuts across the boundary lines of specific diseases. It is a major example of an important medical phenomenon: distress in one organ causes disease in another.
Many people live with digestive problems thinking it’s normal to feel not that great most of the time – that is, until issues like bloating, diarrhea, IBS and/or constipation start to make it physically impossible to get to the 9 a.m. department meeting or Junior’s soccer game. Truth be told, though extremely common, gastro-intestinal distress is not normal – it’s your body’s way of telling you that your gut isn’t functioning properly and needs your attention. The good news is that the majority of belly complaints can be treated relatively easily, resulting in a well functioning digestive system will energize you, help your immune system and prevent all sorts of diseases.
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