The Gastrointestinal Tract, Digestion and Good Bacteria

If your digestion is not working well and your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is impaired the knock-on effect permeates everything about you. Our GI tract is where the key to our immune system is, to master the immune system we need to start here.   

  • Serotonin is made in our GI track so it’s controlling your mood. 
  • You absorb a lot of your nutrients, your make nutrients, you make vitamin K, you make B-12 in your gut so your really need to make sure that your gastrointestinal tract is in good shape.
  • The gut lining is a semi-permeable organ and not a totally permeable organ.
  • We have over 500 different species of bacteria in our gut. 
  • 50% of our poo is that bacteria.
  • We are carrying 2-4 kilos of bacteria at all times.
  • We actually have more bacteria than we have cells so it really must be good bacteria, necessary for immune defense.  

Factors which impact on our gut health:

  • Anything that can be impacting on your good bacteria, like steroids, antibiotics, etc can also influence your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
  • When you have lower stomach acid you also start getting overgrowth of bad bacteria in your gut.  You can’t digest and absorb your nutrients as well, you can’t make B12 as well, so your energy is going to take a big hit. With gut dysbiosis you start to build up bad bacteria that’s when you really need good flora.   
  • Eating high-fiber foods, fermented foods and taking care of our gut is primary importance to good digestion.  
  • Artificial sweeteners start to grow bad bacteria in the GI tract.
  • Food allergies/intolerances: it is important to know which foods you are intolerant of as consuming them will cause inflammation as they will leak in the body out of the intestine so you must eliminate these foods from your diet.
  • Be careful about probiotics if you are prone to constant bloating.  If you have an overgrowth of gut flora you can actually feed it and make more problems by taking probiotics.  So, if you find you are more bloated as the day goes on, if probiotics make you bloat, back off and that’s when you want to consult your doctor or coach because you probably need to get tested for gut bacterial overgrowth and then kill those bacteria off and rebuild the good gut flora.

Stress, understanding the impact stress has on our gut:

  • When you are under stress, you lower your hydrochloric acid, so now you cannot digest protein well.  When you can’t digest protein: you can’t carry your hormones; you can’t make your brain chemicals; you can’t strengthen your bone; your hair; your skin.
  • When you are under stress your gut wall becomes more permeable than it should.  Firstly you can’t digest and break down foods well.  Secondly when it becomes more permeable it allows undigested proteins, larger protein complexes to get out into circulation and launch an immune attack, causing inflammation, joint pain, mood disorders, skin problems, gut dysbiosis and all sorts of things.  
  • When you are under stress, having a low stomach acid, filling up on artificial sweeteners, low-fiber diet, overgrowth of bad bacterial you will actually extract more calories from the food you are eating and will store it as fat.  An overweight person can easily have an extra 20 kgs just through extracting more calories from food being ate and storing it from this reason alone.  You must get rid of the bad bacterial overgrowth, kill it off entirely, you can use natural antimicrobials and rebuild good flora, start working the digestion with good enzymes.