Inadequate diet, alcohol consumption, stress, and insufficient physical rest can lead to irremediable chronic illnesses.
The reason of all the problems your health may face however, lies in your gut.
Dr. Ben Kim, a chiropractor and acupuncturist from Barrie, Ontario, Canada is sure that digestive tract is your first physical line of defense against all chronic, degenerative illness.
Digestive tract lining acts as a barrier that protects your blood and inner tissues against undesirable substances.
The gut is charged with enhancement of natural immunity via production of natural antibiotics, production of organic acids that help regulate pH levels, as well as inhibition of growth of potentially harmful microorganisms like gram-negative bacteria, fungi, and even parasites.
The reality is that potentially harmful microorganisms make their way into your intestines on an everyday basis - they just aren't able to flourish to a degree where they can colonize your intestinal walls if you have enough friendly organisms there to compete for space and resources.
Otherwise, dysbiosis may lead to leaky gut syndrome.
As more unfriendly bacteria, invasive fungi, and even parasites dig into your gut lining, your gut can actually begin to "leak" incompletely digested protein and man-made toxins that make their way into your body. As these foreign substances enter your bloodstream through your damaged gut lining, your immune system will begin manufacturing antibodies to combat them, which can lead to chronic inflammation anywhere in your body via "antigen-antibody complexes" getting deposited in your tissues as they circulate through your blood - this is a root cause of a plethora of common health conditions, including but not limited to eczema, psoriasis, alopecia (hair loss), ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, endometriosis, cystitis, and even psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia.
Dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome are not readily recognized by conventional medicine as health conditions, most likely because there are no patented prescription drugs or surgical procedures that can justifiably be prescribed for them.
The most common causes of deterioration of gut ecology that allows for dysbiosis and leaky gut to develop are:
Overuse of prescription antibiotics
Regular intake of foods that are rich in sugar and/or highly refined carbohydrates i.e. white flour products
Overconsumption of alcohol
Eating while stressed
Not chewing well
In order to prevent possible undesired effects, Dr Ben Kim worked out some advices. First of all, you should chew your foods thoroughly until liquid. You should also minimize intake of antibiotics, sugary foods, white flour products, and alcohol. And ensuring adequate physical rest will enable your body to repair damaged areas.
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