Health and Wellness

The Gut and Immunity

Your intestinal wall is a tightly woven chain-link fence and your veins (and body by extension) are a body.  The holes with-in the fence just small enough so that the breeze and sunshine can pass.  Now this fence is supposed to be the first line of defense for your garden.  It’s supposed to keep nuisances and allergens out of the bloodstream where they can wreak havoc on your body.

Many issues can cause these links in the fence to widen such as: dietary indiscretion (undigested fats, poor-quality proteins, industrial processed foods, gluten), chronic stress,  inflammation in the gut due to low hydrochloric acid (which is a bigger problem than Western medicine will have you believe), and medications.

One these links have widened, now all sorts of animals and bugs can crawl into your garden and start disrupting the natural flow.  While your garden used to have no problems flourishing, now it is slowly dying due to these invaders.

This is true as well for your intestines and immune system.  Your immune system only knows that these particles of food are not supposed to be in your bloodstream, so when it mounts a full-fledge immune response, your body starts to suffer.

Although your food may be healthy and high-quality, your immune system still sees it as a danger.  Not until you fix your fence can your garden grow again.  There are a few things that can help your gut heal…

I would start with an anti-inflammatory diet.

Anti-inflammatory List – Rather than focusing on pushing out your usual food, focus on consuming these foods and you’ll find you don’t have room for the other.

Bone Broth – the collagen/gelatin in bone broth helps the intestinal lining heal.

Make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D, Zinc, and probiotics as well.

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