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Bowel Health and Food Sensitivities

Bowel health is closely connected to our immune system and common health problems like asthma, arthritis, food sensitivities, eczema and acne.

Intestinal Dysbiosis leads to Poor Bowel Health
Slow bowel movements or slow transit time (time taken for food to go through our digestive system) causes intestinal dysbiosis. Intestinal dysbiosis is the state where the body has an imbalance between the presence of good bacteria and bad bacteria. Examples of good bacteria are the probiotics that keep out gut healthy and strong. And bad bacteria are the pathogens that grow and cause infection, chronic inflammation and a host of bowel problems.

Bowel Regularity and Great Bowel Health

Once our colon is infected, chances of reinfection is high. Some of these pathogenic bacteria are so incredibly resilient that no antibiotics can eliminate them. In fact, quite on the contrary, antibiotics may inadvertently select for the progressively stronger strains of bacteria and make it even harder to rid ourselves of chronic infection. Often even with surgery, full elimination of pathogens is still impossible to achieve. So, what should we do to prevent our system from being overrun by the pathogenic bacteria? One very important thing to observe is our bowel habits. How regular are you? Do you have complete effortless bowel movement every time you go to the toilet? Are you stools large and formless? If your answers are “yes”, give yourself a pat on the back. If you produce pencil-like stools, have incomplete bowel movements or experience sporadic diarrhoea, bowel pain, bloating and embarrassing flatulence, the news is not good for you. You are exhibiting symptoms of intestinal dysbiosis, there is an imbalance in your gut and there may be overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria.

Fermentation Dysbiosis & Poor Bowel Health
Fermentation dysbiosis is caused by overgrowth of pathogens and this is evidenced by the presence of symptoms like bloating, diarrhoea, gas,, fatigue, diarrhoea and constipation. Yeasts are prevalent among the overgrowth populations. They ferment quickly in warm and moist environments, leading to a great deal of discomfort.

Sensitization Dysbiosis & Food Sensitivities
On the other hand, a gut deficient in probiotics can create a huge nightmare for the immune system. This is called deficiency dysbiosis and this leads to damaged intestinal mucosa. A damaged mucosa leads to dysfunctional intestinal permeability, food sensitivities, eczema and autoimmune diseases like arthritis. When gut micro-biome is lacking in probiotics, foreign molecule from the food we ingest come into direct contact with our intestinal wall. This can somehow open up the junctions between the intestinal cells leading to intestinal permeability problems. Increased permeability leads to the entry of toxins and large food molecules into the bloodstream. These molecules not normally found in the body are deemed as foreigners causing our immune system to launch an inflammatory immune response leading to sensitization dysbiosis. Sensitization dysbiosis causes food and chemical sensitivities, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Intestinal permeability has also been suspected a few lung and joint problems like asthma and arthritis.

Regular Bowel Habits and Bowel Health
In summary, frequent effortless bowel movement with large formless stool production is vital to maintaining optimum bowel health. The following video shows you how you can perform simple but effective abdominal massages to facilitate bowel movement for optimum bowel health.

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