Notes from the Healthy Gut Summit
This is not a transcript but the notes I took listening to the summits. The speakers are doctors, nutritionists and specialists in their field of health that practice functional medicine. These are not you normal health and diet tips but the medical reasons you may be experiencing health problems. The doctors speak about what is working clinically to heal their patients. The doctors also have a lot of information on their web pages that I link below.
Chris Meletis ND
All the portal blood filters from the digestive tract to the liver and has a lot of work to do. If you have the wrong food your really eating allergens and then you add toxins of GMO’s, herbicides, pesticides and hormones. When you have a slow bowel you are reabsorbing all these toxins instead of eliminating them, you should be having 2-3 bowel movements a day. The liver filters 1400ml of blood per minute but if you have funguses, an imbalance of bacteria, parasites or endotoxemia the liver becomes overburdened.
Our body does slow down as we age but don’t get stuck on your chronological age it’s your biological age that matters. He said I have some 86 year old patients that are running circles around some 26 year olds. You may be predisposed to something but genetics loads the gun and diet and lifestyle is what pulls the trigger, it’s epigenetics and how your chromosones are expressed. How much stress, the quality of your sleep, the quality of your food, the quality of your digestion and how happy your cells are.
Too many people accept symptoms as their bodies norm, or when they creep up slowly blame it on just getting older. Not knowing that when we have parasites, yeast, overgrowth of bacteria or worms we will have a disruption of the ecology of the gut. We can regain our health of the gut and you can gain a higher level of wellness because you never knew what the level was, you accepted what you had surviving not thriving.
When you have dark circles under your eyes or excessive flatulence you accept this is normal but there are two substances created by the GI tract called putrescine and cadaverine. When you have loud flatulence your not breaking down your carbohydrates very well that’s called fermentation and when their silent and deadly that’s putrification, when your not breaking down your protein.
The liver produces bile that concentrates in the gall bladder, bile is designed to help get toxins out of the body plus it helps digest fat in our GI tract. Those who have had their gall bladder removed often do not digest fats as well or if the gall bladder is sluggish or not producing enough bile your not going to be able to assimilate your vitamins A, D, E and K or other fat soluble vitamins nearly as well. You may not be able to tolerate a meal with fat that’s now sitting in the GI tract and not being assimilated properly causing diarrhea and bloating. Now we can’t detoxify properly and without the proper flow of bile we create gallstones. Each section of your intestines absorbs different vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids it can’t do this when everything is clogged up and undernourished, the body can’t perform.
If the gall bladder is removed you can take bile replacement supplements or you can use bitter herbs of dandelion, milk thistle or beets to stimulate the bile. Although removal is sometimes necessary it’s better to detox and repair than remove. The gall bladder is needed to digest fatty foods. People who have food allergens these seem to disrupt the whole alimentary tract including the gall bladder and liver so anything that causes the body to be challenged unto itself unique to them. We look at the function of these organs looking for any imbalance.
Eat slow, chew well, food is not meant to be fast it’s meant to be social we need to be mindful when eating and you will assimilate your food better. Eating too fast the food can sit undigested for as long as two weeks leading to a myriad of other problems inviting chaos to a normally organized system. Too many dead processed foods also further burden our system we need more live foods in our diet. Our bodies work hard to try and revitalize dead foods by adding enzymes and fluidity, live foods add enzymes and fluidity. We need to shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid all the isles in the middle with processed foods, eating more like our ancestors did for millennia fresh live food.
Non alcoholic fatty liver disease is on the rise, people going for bariatric surgery they find that 80% of them have this problem. Up to one third of people who are a little overweight have this problem. Fatty liver can cause fatigue, weakness, tired, nausea, confusion, pain in the upper abdomen, fluid retention and muscle wasting because when the liver is not able to function properly the flow of blood through it slows down. Many people with fatty liver have had a degenerative process going on often fueled by metabolic syndrome which is pre-diabetes. This all further perpetuates fatty liver then we have elevated triglycerides and elevated cholesterol. It’s estimated that the autoimmune condition metabolic syndrome is effecting 80 million Americans.
Fatty liver is caused by the accumulation of triglycerides and other fats in the liver turning into what looks like a fatty piece of meat with streaks of fat, over time it will start poisoning itself and not work properly and actually changing what the liver is made from. There is evidence showing that high fructose corn syrup and of course alcohol for other kinds of fatty liver are a problem. They actually found that people who consumed HFCS and those with metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and diabetes that fatty liver disease is a huge problem.
The liver wants to be well, in one patient just diagnosed with diabetes and was confirmed fatty liver and the liver enzymes were elevated. The patient got their blood sugar under control and in three months of watching what they ate and avoiding HFCS the liver enzymes went back to normal. You need to give it the right environment of ecology and mindset of taking care of your body and education is where it all begins.
He has a phase 1 and 2 and sometimes a phase 3 for a liver detox.
Drink lot’s of water to help keep things flowing, we don’t hydrate properly and we are out of balance we can confuse thirst for hunger when our body is really asking for water and not food. Adding more fiber to unclog the system can sometimes be like adding another log to a beaver damn we need more water. The fiber may or may not help and cause bloat, increase vegetables for roughage and cut down on meats, cheese and gluten. The BRAT diet is good bananas, rice, applesauce and toast also magnesium and vitamin C help move the bowel.
Also check if it’s merely the diet or do they have low thyroid, lack of exercise or it could be a nerve issue in your lower back shorting out the system. The short in the lower back can be corrected by a chiropractor and miraculously your cleared up. 80% of our immune system is in the GI tract and also 80% of our happy hormone serotonin effecting emotions when there is an imbalance. Our bowels are very sensitive to our neurotransmitters effecting our mind making constipation a cause for depression. Too much or too little serotonin can cause constipation, it’s always about balance.
When you flood your body with supplements of vitamin D because you don’t go outside and know lack of vitamin D can lead to various cancers you are creating an imbalance because what about the other fat soluble vitamins.
Stay away from non organic fats for things like butter and get free range meats, butyric acid found in organic butter fuels the lining and integrity of our GI tract which helps controlling leaky gut. Good fats are avocado, healthy fish, coconut oil, sesame seed oil and organic butter. We are creatures of habit and eat the same twenty five or less foods all the time, we need to expand to a larger variety.
Avoid carbohydrates and cancer loves sugar, minimize sugars and no HFCS or canola/vegetable oils. Get high quality foods a lot of important vegetables and fruit have been sprayed with DDT. Eating the same foods only can trigger earned allergies, you need a whole variety of foods for balance in your microbiome.
Candida overgrowth makes toxins in your body that can give you a hangover like effect, he actually had a patient that was pulled over for suspected drunk driving and the patient doesn’t drink. The candida can cause a fermentation in the gut that can cause the same effect as drunk because of aldehydes which are the guilty party to hangovers making you feel like you were run over by a truck. We need to add aldehyde cofactors to support the liver using magnesium and B vitamins while also cleaning up the gut. Then everything clears up including skin problems.
In a study on mice they found when your not properly breaking down fats there is a change in skin quality, people with certain mitochondrial myopathies we find either muscle problems or deposits of cholesterol and fats around the eye proper. The body will try to get rid of things one way or the other. We detox a lot through the skin, when we work out or sweat we lose iodine though we know we need to replace potassium and sodium. We know enough to know we need to know more. Beautiful skin happens with a healthy gut. Colonics should be done by a skilled provider and recolonize with friendly bacteria.
The gift of health is the ultimate gift of all.
Chris Meletis ND web page
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnoses or treatment rendered by a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.
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