“All Disease Begins in The Gut.” – Hippocrates
In order to live a better life we all need to take care of our gut health, as one of the most important human organs.
The gut is by far the largest organ in the human body. It controls your digestion, your immunity, your brain, your weight, your health and even your happiness.
The small and large intestines have a combined length of about 6 meters and a surface area of about 2000 square meters, if we include all the protuberances, crypts and villi.
Internally, i.e. towards the intestinal lumen, the inner wall is lined with a fine mucous membrane, cunningly constructed.
This villous mucosa can absorb food, on the one hand, thus working as a filter; on the other hand it can also produce mucus, thus detoxifying the body.
The small intestine as a detoxifying organ
The small intestine excretes about 20 liters of intestinal mucus a day, thus safeguarding the body’s detoxification. All but a few hundred milliliters of this fluid is re-absorbed again in the large intestine.
However, it is important that toxic substances are not also re-absorbed. Therefore there is an absorption system in the large intestine that retains the substances in the intestinal lumen that are to be excreted, thus preventing re-intoxication.
This absorption system is the intestinal bacteria (also known as intestinal flora) which bind toxins and heavy metals, excreting them via the stools.
These tiny intestinal bacteria are so tremendously numerous that a human being has far more intestinal bacteria cells than cells “of his own”.
Intestinal bacteria have adapted to the human being in their development and are of absolute importance for our life.
With their enormous natural reproductive capacity, the intestinal bacteria permeate the whole human being with their primal vital energy.
As well as this, the intestinal mucosa also forms hormone- and enzyme-like substances which exert an influence on our digestive ability and also control the autonomic nervous system (serotonin, histamine, amylases, etc).
Our unconscious nervous system, the vague nerve (parasympathetic), is also situated along the intestinal tract.
It controls all our rhythmic and unconsciously functioning vital functions such as breathing, heartbeat, recuperative ability, sleep, intestinal peristalsis, etc. Once again, it is closely connected with the intestinal flora.
The intestinal tract supports the greater part of the immune system.
Within the mucosa there are the so-called Peyer’s patches, tiny lymph-cell follicles, which are present in such large numbers that with them the gut embraces 80% of the lymphocytary immune system!
This means that health and recuperation are very closely bound up with having intestinal flora and intestinal activity both intact in very many cases.
The intestinal cleansing thus is the most important part of a rebuilding and recuperative course of treatment, as well as building up the immunity!
What to consider for a healthy gut
There can of course be many causes of a sick gut but the most important, in the view of Biological Medicine, are:
- food allergies, and attention not being paid to them;
- dysbioses (intestinal flora week or the wrong ones);
- incorrect diet;
- heavy metal contamination.
1. Correct diet
The food eaten these days is no longer wholefood.
“Wholefood” means that it contains all the necessary minerals, vitamins and nutrients.
Above all, trace elements essential, super and unsaturated fats are massively lacking very often.
Furthermore, in most cases there is a massive superfluity of protein, which is consumed in animal products. This superfluity of protein gives rise to a serious over-acidity of the organism.
Foods are often of inferior quality and produced to quickly so that the plants do not have nearly enough time to extract the important trace elements from the ground, since these are not readily soluble.
The results of these is a deficiency of essential trace elements such as manganese, molybdenum, selenium, chromium and so on, which are important in order to maintain the gut intact.
This deficiency-phenomenon is only made worse when foods of animal origin are consumed, since even cattle have massive deficient of trace elements these days, particularly of manganese and molybdenum.
Additional factors in this trace element poverty are cooking salt and sugar, both refined, “purified” substances which have had their trace elements removed.
Indian Himalayan rock salt, for example, which is cut and not simply dissolved, has been shown to contain 82 trace elements.
This is why many patients are given these supplementary substances for healing purposes, to balance out the deficiency. Then, later, a proper diet may be sufficient to maintain the level of trace elements.
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Another problem is the lack of super-unsaturated fatty acids, which are very important for all nervous functions and the brain, as well as for building up the cell membranes.
Nowadays many people hold the basic view that fats are bad, and so they are at pains to eat as little fatty food as possible. True, in this way they minimize their consumption of bad saturated fats, which are only a burden to the body.
However, in general they go about it in the wrong way, by eating only meat and fish that are low in fat and following suitable diets, instead of eating the fats that are important. They avoid oils, which in most cases is an error.
2. Cold pressed vegetable oil
It is the actual source of life-supporting unsaturated fatty acids.
We should consume about 30 grams of this highly nutritious oil! Doctors and practitioners even recommend that a dessertspoonful be taken daily on its own.
Particularly good ones are linseed oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil and evening primrose oil.
These oils can be obtained from healthfood shops and in some cases from major distributors.
Good quality polyunsaturated fatty acids are light-sensitive and liable to oxidation, which is why they mostly have a short shelf-life. Modern oil presses therefore exclude oxygen completely from the production process and the oil is packed in dark-glass bottles.
Another valued and nutritious oil is grapeseed oil, which has a very neutral taste and is very reasonably priced; also sesameseed oil, although it has a rather special taste.
By consuming unsaturated fatty acids we also support the body’s own synthesis of hormones. This is particularly important for middle-age people and the elderly.
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The unsaturated fatty acid content varies considerably from oil to oil. Thus linseed oil contains mostly omega-3 fatty acids. Sunflower oil contains a lot of omega-6 fatty acids. Grapeseed oil is in between these.
It is Dr. Rau’s experience with very many patients whose fatty acid status has been measured that most chronically ill people have a pronounced deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Indeed they are often also deficient in omega-6 fatty acids, but to a lesser extent.
For this reason Dr. Rau recommend initially, daily for about 6 weeks, 1 dessertspoonful linseed oil. After about 6 weeks the patient moves on to taking a blend of oils (linseed oil, sunflower oil).
The more specific oil such as EPA (icosapentaenoic acid) or evening primrose oil (EPO) improve the convert fatty acids in the cells and cell membranes. Thus they act as agents to build up the cells.
Nordic fish oil could likewise be a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
However, we cannot be completely confident that these fish oils are harmless, on account of their possible contamination with heavy metals and chemicals.
Another point comes up in discussion again and again: their content of linoleic and arachidonic acids, they are said to have a pro-inflammatory action.
Therefore, in cases of autoimmune illnesses, patients are strictly advised to avoid them.
Nevertheless, olive oil is also highly recommended! It is a good vegetable oil and in fact the only one that can be heated.
Not only does olive oil nourish the intestinal flora, but it is also recommended for rapid regeneration. A healthy gut can convert olive oil into fat-soluble vitamins and other fatty acids.
For this reason, “yes” to olive oil, everyday, on your salad and for cooking!
Once again: it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to take omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids regularly.
To a large extent, they are important for hormone synthesis and building up blood cells of the vessels (omega-3) and the nerve cells (omega-6).
Thus, there can be no anti-aging without plenty of omega-3 and 6!
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3. Preservatives vs. gut health
Any foodstuffs can be longer by having preservatives and stabilisers added to them, such as all pre-packed drinks, sweet drinks, long-life bread, canned foods, vacuum packed provisions.
These preservatives are supposed to prevent bacteria or fungi taking up residence in edible goods.
However, the problem is that this preservatives do the same inside the humans, particularly with their intestinal flora which is so essential for life; i.e. they alter the flora.
It is most important only to eat fresh foods without preservatives, preferably the so-called wholefoods.
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4. The right fluids build your gut health
Everything that the body takes in and that is excreted for detoxification has to pass through the “barrier” of the intestinal mucosa in solution.
It is important for transport and for the task of dissolving that we drink 2-3 litres of fluids daily, and pure water is the best!
However, which water is the best?
That is a very controversial question.
From Biological Medicine point of view water should carry energy on the one hand, which means being as fresh as possible.
Energy means that the water molecules arrange themselves in small clusters, i.e. the classes of molecules are as small as possible and are able to emit a large number of electrons.
The more the water is processed (additions of chlorine, iodine or fluorine are particularly bad) the less free energy it emits and the less oxygen it contains. The best water would be from a spring, fresh and whisked.
The water should be as alkaline as possible: a pH of 7.2 to 7.6 is ideal. Distilled water, as water produced in circulating osmosis machines cannot be recommended.
It is unnecessary to drink mineral water. High mineral levels in the water may even be counter-productive because they inhibit its detoxificatory function.
Generally it is not recommended drinking water from the tap; mainly because in most cases it is pumped by electric motors, filtered and, particularly, has chlorine added to it.
For home use, it is highly recommended a special apparatus for preparing tap water, making it alkaline, and processing a high degree of ionization.
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With this type of machine chlorine is filtered out.
It is also better to avoid domestic water decalcification machines based on salt and ion-exchange. Generally their only purpose is to decalcify the water; they do not purified it, and they also give it a higher concentration of sodium.
All “beverages” which contain proteins, fats or hydrocarbons (especially sugar) are also bad for your gut health since they cannot carry out any dissolving or transporting functions.
We need water in order to keep our bodies clean and to keep all our vital functions “in flow” and dynamic. Who would use milk or fruit juice to do the washing?
Milk and fruit juice or not drinks!
Fruit juices can be drunk in quite a small quantities BEFORE meals, to stimulate production of the digestive juices. No more than half a wine-glass before breakfast or lunch, no more!
One exception is freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. It contains bitter substances which have an anti-oxidant action, and it also boosts the effectiveness of many biological remedies. But it too must only be drunk in the morning.
Drink purified water 2-3 litres a day, and this should be done between meals, so as not to dilute the digestive juices. The water should be warm to the touch, or even hotter.
Infused teas are permitted, they may even strengthen and metabolic functions, e.g. linden-blossom tea, peppermint or lavender tea.
The greater part of the fluid content should be pure water!
5. Medicines and your gut health
Medicines can have a particularly fatal action on the intestinal mucosa and particularly on the intestinal bacteria. Antibiotics destroy the intestinal bacteria and in the long-term they bring about the development of the wrong bacteria – so-called cell-wall-deficient forms.
Thus, in the long-term antibiotics result in an internal intoxication, since the normal intestinal bacteria can no longer perform their functions as absorbers of toxins.
In addition to a balanced diet, people who have taken antibiotics require well-aimed remedies in order to rebuild the intestinal bacteria.
Other medicines also have a deeper reaching influence on the intestinal mucosa, such as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for rheumatism and pain-control). These can result in altered gastric mucosa, even stomach ulcers.
The gastric acidity blockers are also very problematic.
Alongside the many side-effects that they can have, they also reduce the acid excretion in the stomach. In most cases it is because of this acid excretion that they are given.
On the contrary, in Biological Medicine view, the acid excretion in the stomach is actually the body’s most important mechanism for de-acidifying itself.
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Your gut is a wonderful organ that makes your gut health an issue of crucial importance.
It allows the right substances in and keeps toxic substances back. It also gives protection from auto-digestion.
In other words, it is an organ of acceptance and of detoxification.
So that it can be both of these it needs a very cunningly conceived, semi-permeable protective membrane which can seal the gut off internally.
The increased permeability of the gut results in an actual disease picture which is just now occurring after several years with massive frequency.
So to speak, if you want to “trust your gut“, you’ll need a strong gut health.
It will help you in difficult scenarios, knowing what worked, what did not work, and then taking a decision. Cause, when you follow your heart or your gut, you can never lose.
So, don’t you think your gut health is a great indicator for your overall health?