Apr 19, 2014
Things Killing Your Gut
U.S. scientists discovered that gut microorganisms not only influence immune cell function, but actually support the production of immune cells that form the first line of defense against infection.
About 80 percent of the neurotransmitter serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract—not the brain. Since large quantities of neurotransmitters are manufactured in the gut, that means your GI tract is largely responsible for your general physical and mental well being.
Bacteria that are in our gut help regulate your metabolism. Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN, academic director of nutrition and integrative health programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. "When that's in balance, we have energy and our brain works better. The Human Genome Project, scientists discovered we have fewer genes than a fruit fly, carrot, or pineapple! Instead, the genes we have are always talking to the microbes in our gut.
About one third of people today have some sort of digestive problem on a weekly or monthly basis. A lot of conveniences associated with modern life are killing gut health.
Foods developed in labs, denatured, industrialized fats, high-fructose corn syrup are a mystery to our gut. These new to nature foods give different information to our cells and microbiome," says Lipski, also author of Digestion Connection "Intuitively, we know that different foods have different effects on us; some make us feel energized, some drain us."
High fructose corn syrup needs more energy for the gut to absorb it, that leads to the possibility that you will have gut leakage and inflammation. Natural oils are important to our cells, but denatured, industrial fats stripped of antioxidants and vitamins don't give cells the nutrients they need. "It's the life in food giving us life," Lipski says. "Most people are eating mostly dead foods."
Eat organic to avoid high fructose corn syrup, avoid industrial oils by avoiding processed and fast food.
Carrageenan, is used as a thickening agent in ice cream, yogurt, soymilk, and sour cream and even organic versions. It doesn't need to be used in food. It has caused inflammation in the GI tract, triggering an immune response similar to that your body has when invaded by pathogens like Salmonella.
Wheat is bad, even if you have celiac disease, wheat could be causing acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, and other things. Wheat has been crossbred in the last 40 years that changes amino acids and gliadin protein, which could be making you hungry and damaging your gut. Try quinoa instead It's a seed high in protein it's not a grain.
The Journal of Organic Systems found pigs fed genetically engineered food were much more likely to suffer from severely inflamed stomachs. I guess it's happening to people.
The main ingredient in Roundup, is the chemical nonorganic farmers spray on GMO crops. So much is applied and taken up inside of the plant that the U.S. government keeps increasing the limits allowed in our food. That's bad news for your gut because glyphosate that's the main ingredient also acts like an antimicrobial, acting like a potent bacteria killing in the gut, wiping out delicate beneficial microflora that protects us from disease. What's left? Harmful pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli.
The best way to avoid GMOs is to eat organic. If you can't then avoid nonorganic processed foods most contain at least one of the most common GMO ingredients made from corn, soy, cotton oil, or canola.
Source: LEAH ZERBE