Digestive Issues

 

How common is it for somebody to have gas, bloating or change in bowel function with foods that we eat? The food that we consume on a regular basis is truly the driver, to a great degree, of what primes the pump for our immune system to recognize potentially something in the food chain that should not be there.

Unbeknownst to lots of people, we have the ability through chronic exposure to develop either a sensitivity or a true fixed allergy because of gut permeability. I talked a little bit about in my previous blog what gut permeability is all about. Just to review briefly, we selectively should be able to carry something across the intestinal membrane if it is broken down successfully.  If it is not broken down successfully, it should be excreted.

There are a number of factors at play here, including gut permeability and the protein component of the food we consume. We may, unbeknownst to ourselves, be consuming something on a regular basis that is potentially either a sensitivity or an allergy.  If you cannot identify those foods, you are chronically going to be plagued with digestive dysfunction.

So first and foremost, in a digestive program that works well, we need to identify potential allergens. One of the most practical and easiest way to address that is what we call a rotational diet. This means avoiding eating the same foods each and every day. We get into these ruts of saying “I like this food. It is convenient for me and it is okay for me to eat this all the time.” The reality is, especially if you have digestive dysfunction, varying the type of foods, in particular the animal proteins, is very, very helpful.

True fixed allergies are sensitized to proteins. In the food chain we have proteins, carbs and fats. It is the protein faction as a food that is tagged as a problem immunologically. So what we need to do is examine the foods that we are consuming, identify the potential irritants and then eliminate them.

We recognize that this is not a small task. I have been practicing for 36 years now. Decades ago, when I started studying nutrition, we had what is called the Four R Program; remove, replace, reinoculate, repair. This references the need to identify the allergens, replace the digestive functions that are not working successfully, inoculate the colon, and then repair the colon. And under all circumstances there is an opportunity to improve digestive function by following these basic tenets of physiology. When we look at remediating a chronic or an acute digestive problem, the core tenets are exactly what we just identified.

 

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