Does all disease start in the gut?

There are more than 100 billion bacteria living in our gut called microbiota (or intestinal flora) that play a fundamental role in many physiological processes, as well as in the emergence of various diseases such as diabetes, obesity, gastrointestinal inflammations, urogenitals, anxiety, depression, allergies and in almost all, according to experts.

To have a healthy microbiota, we must keep it balanced. If there are more bad bacteria than good bacteria in our intestines, we will start to develop diseases. We are born without germs (except complications during pregnancy or cesarean deliveries, which already generate a disadvantage from birth) and we contaminate our microbiota with poor diet high in carbohydrates, sugars and trans fats., use of chemicals in agriculture, excessive use of antibiotics and drugs, excess alcohol, tobacco, chronic stress, mainly. For this reason, it is common for diseases to take effect over the years, however, we can avoid them if we are well informed and opt for a healthy and balanced life.

 Given the enormous impact that the microbiota has on our health, it is essential to know how it works, its scope and consequences of its imbalance throughout our body.

Let's see:

Bowel and immune system:
Approximately 80% of our entire immune system (defenses) is lodged in the intestinal walls. When alterations or imbalances occur in the microbiota, they directly affect our defenses and increase the risk of autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal inflammations, urogenital diseases, etc.

How does this occur? The mucosa of the healthy intestine, in a physiological way, allows only the passage of nutrients that feed our body, and blocks the passage of useless and toxic substances to be discarded through feces.

When the bacterial microbiota or flora becomes unbalanced, the intestine begins to pierce and leak substances that should be discarded. The first reaction of the immune system is to attack that bad bacteria that should not have leaked, and so far the mechanism is normal, that's what the immune system is for.

The problem lies when the permeability increases and all types of bacteria begin to seep, undigested proteins, dirt, toxins, etc. If this happens continuously and repeatedly, our immune reaction will make antibodies, cytokines, inflammatory substances, which will not only inflame our intestines, but will pass into the bloodstream and inflame the entire body, this is known as: silent inflammation.

But not only that, our immune system, by detecting so many unknown substances, such as foreign proteins and antigens, can react with the formation of the corresponding antibody, leading to food intolerances or allergies.

And finally, knowing that the vast majority of antibodies are created against unknown proteins, if we allow that hyper-permeability of our intestines to prolong over time, those substances that should not pass will pass and pass permanently, causing an overload of the immunological system. This overflowed work, causes the antibodies to confuse the foreign proteins with own parts of the body, and an auto attack is generated, giving rise to autoimmune diseases.
It is estimated that there are about 80 autoimmune diseases, among which we can name Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, parkinson's, etc.

This explains why many times they fail to cure autoimmune diseases. Unfortunately, very few doctors consider evaluating the intestine, because there is a tendency to attack the symptoms but not the cause of the disease.

Bowel and brain:

There is a direct relationship between our intestinal health and our brain. This is due to the existence of the vagus nerve (or pneumogastric), which goes from the brain to the colon, supplying nerve fibers to the throat, lungs, heart and all organs of the digestive system.

The vagus nerve is bidirectional, that is, it carries information from the brain to the intestine and vice versa. That is why when we receive bad news, it automatically makes a lump in our throat and / or gives us a stomachache. Conversely, gastrointestinal problems will generate anxiety, depression and even insomnia. Therefore, even if you take depression pills or anxiety relievers, we will not be cured if we do not solve the intestinal problem.

This means that a person should not be constantly exposed to stress, since if it is maintained over time, it becomes chronic, and causes a deterioration of the microbiota or intestinal flora, therefore, an increase in the permeability of the intestine and an overflow of the immune system, whose consequences we already mentioned.

As Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said more than 2000 years ago: "all disease begins in the gut" and later Metchnikoff, Nobel Prize for medicine in 1908: "death begins in the colon." Today, there are already many studies that confirm what was said by these teachers. But one fact is missing: "The mind is everything. What you think, you become", phrase of our master Buddha. Mind can make the body sick, and body can make the mind sick. Finally, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED ...

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