Re Building the Gastro Intestinal Lining

There are a number of dietary elements to consider when it comes to understanding and healing your gut.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF GASTRIC JUICE

Your gastric juices are a complex liquid mixture of several chemicals including acid and enzymes.

  • Water – Water doesn’t affect the pH of the stomach, but it does serve to provide enough fluid that food, enzymes, and acids can readily mix together and provide a medium for enzymes to function in.
  • Mucus– is the slime to ease the passage of food through the gastrointestinal tract and protects the lining of the stomach from being attacked by acid. Cells in different parts secrete bicarbonate to buffer acid and control pH.
  • Hydrochloric Acid– is secreted by the parietal or cells lining the stomach. It kills bacteria and other potential pathogens in food and converts the enzyme pepsinogen into pepsin, which breaks into smaller, more easily digested molecules.
  • Pepsinogen – is secreted by chief cells in the stomach and is activated by low pH to help digest proteins
  • Gastric Lipase – in the stomach that aids in breaking up short-chain and medium-chain fats.
  • Amylase – this enzyme is found primarily in saliva, where it acts to break down carbohydrates to glucose. It is inactivated by the low pH which means that poor stomach acid will not break long chain sugars into glucose effectively. Amylase is also secreted into the small intestine
  • Hormones and Electrolytes – in the gastric juice help in organ function, food digestion, and nutrient absorption. The entero-endocrine cells secrete multiple hormones.
  • Intrinsic Factor – is secreted by the parietal cells of the stomach and necessary for vitamin B-12 absorption.

As well as containing the enzymes and chemicals to break foods down into smaller particles it is a churning machine mixing everything together to form what is called chyme. Eventually, chyme leaves the stomach and processed to the small intestine where the acid is neutralized by bicarbonate, digestion further continues and nutrients may be absorbed.

All through life, from a new born sometimes with under-supported micro flora, and slowly increasing enzymes, these functions can become imbalanced for a number of reasons. A change in the natural bacteria from stress, antibiotics, processed food intake, poor immunity, a gastro-intestinal upset, yeast overgrowth and parasites are common triggers.

Following a plan is a good place to start which focuses in these areas:

Remove foods that might be causing problems either identified from validated lab tests or you know are causing a problem. This can be a short term action as you start to rebuild your system and remove unnecessary burden.

  • Diets might be a low fermentation diet which targets fermentable carbs
  • An elimination diet which eliminates reactive chemicals such as salicylates, amines, MSG, sulphites, benzoates, oxalates
  • Removing IgG proteins identified from a Food Print Intolerance test – dairy, gluten, eggs, peanuts, soy
  • Remove high residue foods that are hard to break down

Replace nutrients that might be in short supply such as calcium when dairy is removed

Re-inoculate with good bacteria using probiotic foods or Probiotic supplements and Enzymes – If yeast is also an issue, ensure the probiotic includes saccharomyces boulardii.

A huge part of a healthy GI system and strong immunity is the body’s ability to remove pathogens. Many people do cleanses, but probiotics eliminate biofilms. Biofilms form when bacteria adhere to surfaces in some form of watery environment and begin to excrete a slimy, gluelike substance that can stick to all kinds of materials–metals, plastics, soil particles, medical implant materials, biological tissues such as the gut lining.

As part of a comprehensive gut healing strategy, oust bad bacteria, protozoa, parasites, yeast and fungus, and chase active viruses dormant. Keep in mind they build upon each other.

Probiotics and Enzymes

Probiotic strains specifically targets certain functions which is why are often grouped together. However it is suggested that you choose a broad spectrum probiotic at a potency that is effective for age and size for the main purpose of ensuring normal bowel function, intestinal motility, secretion of mucus and absorption.

A child or elderly person might take a dose from 3 billion to 6 billion and an adult from 20 to 50 billion and sometimes higher. Without an acute need for a high dose probiotic, a lower dose, everyday probiotic is beneficial to help digest your food better, fight pathogens that might be getting out of balance, and keep the gut lining sealed and in good order. Acidophilus and bifidus strains are the key players here and also target the upper GI tract.

The gut also needs enzymes which breakdown foods into molecules for efficient digestion. Added to an enzyme blend often includes proteolytic enzymes which help to clean up foreign matter that do not belong to the body. These are a great bonus to help the gut to thrive. Bromelain, Papain, Amylase, Lipase, Neutral Protease, Fungal Protease, Bacterial Protease, Rutin, Serratiopeptidase along with a warm castor oil pack on the stomach.

Digestive enzymes also support the liver/gallbladder and pancreas.

Betaine HCL with Pepsin is the most effective way to balance stomach acid and get off proton pump inhibitors. Starting with lime, lemon or apple cider vinegar in room temperature water is another approach.

Biofilm Disruptors and Relieving Constipation

Once you have set in place the basics needed to break down foods into absorbable particles (good stomach acid, digestive enzymes and probiotics), reestablishing gut motility with the right form of fibre is the next step, sealing the lining of the gut and adding in a few key detox supplements that break down the biofilms.

A huge part of a healthy GI system and strong immunity is the body’s ability to remove pathogens. Detoxing and cleansing is popular but removing the surface that houses the pathogens and protects them from your treatments is essential to changing the environment. Especially if this is an environment that is well established and has made your body their home. Basically we must dismantle the fort!

This is done with a combination of clays and fossilized powders that act as razor blades to the biofilm shells, and the clay’s job is to bind to them and carry them out of your body.

Along the exit path, clay will bind to other toxins that keep you sick (like heavy metals) and pull them out. These powders are food grade and FDA approved which is important as they are also used to removed pathogens in animals. That is where food grade is important.

Finding an effective and suitable procedure to improve gut motility and reduce unpleasant symptoms is important for establishing efficient digestion, absorption and avoiding a lifetime of dependency on laxatives. Triphala is an effect combination of fruits that works to moisten, cleanse and nourish the gut lining and is not habit forming or harsh on the lining. 3-4 capsules at night before bed for 30-60 days is the standard protocol and especially when removing biofilms from the body.

Other supplementary support:

A good multi can be very beneficial to supply critical minerals such as zinc, selenium, magnesium and boron; as well as methylated B12 and folic acid. Methylation helps the body detox and genetic mutations are hitting hard some critical pathways which can be the precursor to cardio-vascular disease risk, auto-immune issues, autism, depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders.

Rehealing the gut lining requires a mucilage to restore the intestinal mucosa by creating a thin, slippery barrier between your gut wall and the bowel contents passing through the gut. Milled flaxseeds, aloe vera, slippery elm, deglyceralysed licorise, and marshmallow root are great mucilages and available often as a combination blend. They help soothe the gut and keep bad pathogens and food particles on the right side of the fence rather than passing through the gut lining to have an antibody effect.

Glutamine, N acetyl glucosamine and zinc are the re-healing nutrients and also help support the liver when it is having to deal with extra burden from gut permeability. A combination blend should be taken two times per day with around 50mg of zinc for a female and up to 100mg for a male.

If candida is a problem, you cannot live without oregano oil.

Lions mane is a mushroom for nerve repair and growth; ideal for those with anxiety, neurological issues, or PTSD – Lion’s Mane also repairs tight junctions in the GI tract, helping to heal leaky gut.

It’s not always easy getting supplements in the UAE however the Organic Foods Cafe is a great ‘Go to’ stop. Otherwise I am happy to help you locate them and give you an idea of the right choices.