New Consciousness Review Winter 2016 - Page 24

HEALTH myalgia, lupus, Hashimoto’s thryroiditis and more)  Allergies & Food Sensitivities  Inflammatory Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis) & other digestive issues  Skin Conditions (acne, psoriasis, eczema, rashes)  Stubborn Weight Loss/Obesity  Diabetes  Hormone Imbalances  Mood/Cognitive Function  Autism & Childhood hyperactivity  Cardiac conditions  Alcoholism A big determinant to ensuring the above processes work effectively and efficiently is the makeup of the bacteria, or microorganisms, that live within the digestive tract, otherwise known as your gut microbiome. Ideally, we have a strong, working relationship with the friendly bugs. Through our diet we provide the nutrients to feed these beneficial bacteria, and in turn, they keep our immunity in check, make certain vitamins, regulate our metabolism, and assist in gene expression, digestion, and many other processes that we are continuing to learn about. It’s a win/win. Or, at least it should be. Categories of Disruption Unfortunately, your digestive system and the related processes it is in charge of can be compromised via two general categories. (here’s where we start to get concerned): 1. Dysbiosis The goal for a healthy gut is to have the good, beneficial bacteria outweigh the bad. The good guys act as a physical barrier to the bad. If the good guys get killed off, don’t show up in the first place, or if you consume a diet that feeds the bad bacteria, it makes more room for the bad (pathogenic) to take over. This leads the way to a skewed ratio of much more bad bugs to good, aka dysbiosis. The Role of the Gut The gut has four quite critical functions: 1. To digest food and convert it into vitamins 2. To absorb nutrients 3. To prevent toxins and pathogens from entering the bloodstream 4. To activate thyroid hormones, which are involved in almost every physiological process in the body Our digestive system also houses about 70% of our immune cells, 95% of our serotonin and 90% of all neurotransmitters.   24 | New Consciousness Review 2. Leaky Gut The protective lining of your digestive system or gut lumen (the space inside the tube of your intestine that regulates the passage of nutrient particles into your bloodstream), can be damaged by various diet and environmental factors. This causes your digestive system to become overly permeable. And when this protective barrier breaks down, it takes down your entire system with it. Usually your intestinal wall is woven like a piece of cheesecloth. When it’s “leaky” though, it’s more like a tennis иQ͕́ɥ́́)ɝȰչѕɥЁѥ́ѼЁѼ)ȁɕɔѡeٔѥѼɥєѡɽȁѥٔե̸Yɥ́ѽ᥹)ѕɥͼ́ѡɽ՝Q͔͍́ɔ٥ݕ́ɕ́ȁչѕɥȁѥɕѥѼ)ѥѥ՝Ʌȁѥɔ)ѕ((