The Gut is now considered the second brain by those in the medical society. A true phenomena that has taken the science community by storm!
Yet, many of us are neglecting the health of our most important organ. It seems like we’ve forgotten all about it really. So, what are the main diseases that develop through the gut? Let’s discuss them in short and point you toward some ways to diagnose and heal your disorder.
The gut flora is a delicate balance of trillions of tiny microbes that essentially digest food. These tiny little bacteria outnumber your cells. It’s a wild truth but you’re a walking city. There are little colonies and strains of bacteria all over and inside of you.
This delicate balance of microbes can get a bit off kilter. Sadly, there are evil bacteria that want to conquer the world (and your body). Like an evil empire or dictator they move to take position over your “good” bacteria at all costs. Whenever they get a chance they stake their territory.
The issue is that these bad bacteria cause major diseases and disorders. Some of these evil bacteria are even considered to be parasitic and pathogenic. The sad truth is that more people are dealing with a take over of parasites than one would think.
That’s why it’s so important to study the different disorders of the gut and keep a watchful eye on your health. If you body is throwing up red flags with symptoms you need to treat the cause, not the symptom.
The Major Disorders of the Gut
There are different diseases that are the root cause of symptoms like nausea, fatigue, acne and weight gain that all stem from the gut. This is a brief list with a short description of each disease. This is not an exhaustive list.
Dysbiosis. Scientifically speaking, dysbiosis occurs when the symbiotic microbes that compose your microbiome reduce and parasitic, or pathogenic, bacteria occupy the majority. I know, it sounds complicated. It truly isn’t.
Dysbiosis simply means that the extremely healthy bacteria that help you digest food properly, create your immune system and carry out important processes in your body die off. Because your gut is composed of a microbiome something has to live in your gut.
If the good bacteria die off often times the parasitic and pathogenic bacteria live. When these good bacteria are not present our body can go into all sorts of symptomatic episodes. People experience many different diseases from this imbalance of the gut flora.
Leaky Gut. The three layers of the intestinal barrier work together to both allow nutrients and water to be absorbed into the body by passing through the gut wall and keeping parasites, fungi, pathogenic microorganisms and harmful toxins from entering the body. This multi-layer system works together to keep the contents of the gut separate from rest of the body. Essentially, everything that’s inside of the gut is ‘outside’ of the body.
The Epithelial (middle) tissue of the intestinal lining consists of a layer of epithelial cells which provides the main physical barrier between the mucus and lamina layers. It consists of protein cells which regulate the tight junctions of the gut wall. When these proteins fail to work properly, these tight junctions open up causing Leaky Gut.
Unwanted contents from the gut then spill into the body. The bloodstream is then overwhelmed with dangerous toxins triggering an immune response. This wreaks havoc on your body. If left untreated, a leaky gut can lead to autoimmune disorders, allergies, and countless diseases.
Candida Overgrowth. Candida is the name given to a family of fungi that are ever present in the human body. There are over 20 species of fungi that belong to this genus. An overgrowth of any one of these organisms will turn into a fungal infection called Candidiasis. The most common species that is prone to overgrow is Candida Albicans. It is a specific yeast that exists in the intestinal tract, mucous membranes, and on the skin. In a healthy gut, this bacteria is kept at bay and doesn’t cause problems (1).
An overgrowth of Candida Albicans can wreak your health in many different ways. It is the root cause of the ever-so-common yeast infection that affects around 75 percent of all American women. (2) It robs the body of energy, weakens the immune system, increases oxalates in the system which in turn poison the mitochondria, and often leads to Leaky Gut. If left untreated, the leaky gut caused from Candidiasis opens the door to Candida Albicans spreading into the bloodstream, resulting in a dangerous systemic fungal infection. (3)
SIBO. Pronounced SEEBOW, SIBO occurs in the small intestine of the human digestive tract. There are many ways that you can end up with SIBO but at its heart SIBO is an overgrowth of bacteria in the Small Intestine.
The small intestine is the first step of digestion out of the stomach. After food leaves the stomach it enters the small intestine where it is broken down by a plethora of enzymes. When SIBO occurs the small intestine becomes overrun with bacteria.
This bacteria comes from the large intestine or colon. When this bacteria backs up it causes a major disruption in the enzymatic breakdown of food. Normally, the large intestine has more than double the bacteria than that of the Small intestine (4).
When this “back up” takes place malabsorption of nutrients occurs. As you can imagine, this can result in a host of symptoms. The major issue with SIBO is its reversal. It can be not only be hard to diagnose but as difficult to treat (4).
What’s Worse Than These Disease?
What’s even worse than these diseases is having them and having no idea. That can turn into a nightmare scenario and lead you to a life of ruin. So, we’ve developed a quiz where you can find out if your symptoms point to a greater problem.
You can take our Gut Health Quiz Here:
Along with this quiz we have extensive articles on each one of these diseases along with a step by step guide on how to treat them. So, check out the quiz and dig deep into your health journey and yourself. You won’t regret making the changes.
Let us know which disease you thought you had before taking the quiz and your results in the comments below!!