The 7 Stages of the Inflamed Gut
This is a follow up to my original article on Gut Health.
Conditions and disease or the other end of the spectrum, true health really do
begin with what you choose to eat and what happens in the gut. Eating is
something we do multiple times on a daily basis, therefore the opportunity to
maintain efficient digestion and health, or promote systemic inflammation and
sickness is truly in your hands. Science and research have now proven that a
Leaky Gut is the cause of so many problems beyond indigestion, gas, bloating,
and heartburn. Autoimmune Diseases like Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, Celiac,
Arthritis, Neuropathy, MS, Guillain Barre, and Graves, have all been proven to
begin in the gut, and more are being found out each day.
I came across this list, or chain of events, of the 7 Stages of the Inflamed
Gut, courtesy of Natural Health, a few months ago. The list below states, very
accurately, the chain of events which happen when inappropriate food and drink
is dumped into the body on a regular basis. Eat Right and you avoid this.
Here’s a Simplistic Overview of What Happens
1. The small intestine cannot absorb nutrients properly which usually results
in fatigue and bloating.
2. Large food particles are able to pass through the intestinal lining causing
an autoimmune response. (the immune system detects and responds to foreign
invaders in the bloodstream).This results in food or environmental/chemical
allergies or sensitivities.
3. Carrier proteins are damaged and cause nutrient deficiencies, which can also
be the cause of many symptoms (eg. a magnesium deficiency may induce muscle
spasms, a copper deficiency, or high cholesterol).
4. Chemical sensitivities can develop. This leakage of toxins can overburden
the liver, and make the body less able to handle the elimination of chemicals
5. The protective coating of IgA (immunoglobulins A) is adversely affected and
the body is not able to ward off protozoa, bacteria, viruses, and yeasts, such
as candida. The result is bloating, gas, inefficient digestion, or worse:
ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, or Crohn’s.
6. Bacteria and yeasts are able to trans-locate, meaning that they can pass
from the gut lumen or cavity into the bloodstream. This enables the parasite to
setup infection anywhere in the body.
7. The formation of antibodies can leak across and look similar to antigens on
our own tissues. When an antibody is produced to attack it, it also attacks our
tissue. The result is autoimmune disease.