Approximately 70% of the Immune Function resides in your gut; therefore, In addition to this very important fact, colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in America, with skin and lung as the first and second most common cancers.
The mucosal barrier of your gut is your first-line of defense preventing foreign substances from getting into the internal environment of your body. Because of this, we should all be considering preventive care of the mucosal barrier. In other words, no disease or symptoms need to be present to warrant protecting the mucosal barrier of the intestines. Keeping it healthy means a strong immune system and warding off potential disease.
Strengthening the gut lining is applicable to taking progesterone to prevent an estrogen dominance even if no symptoms of hormone imbalance are present. Strengthening the gut lining is analogous to eliminating allergens from our environment, (such as through using an air purifying system), to avoid the impacts of asthma, chronic cough and sinus issues, and the diseases that occur from chronic allergen exposure.
By strengthening the gut, you help prevent ulcers, Crohn's colitis, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, joint pain, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, parasitic infections, candidiasis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. This is because all of these diseases may very well have their origin in the intestines by way of harmful substances entering the body through breaks in the integrity, (leaky areas), of the mucosal wall the intestines.
By understanding the structure of the GI system you understand its function. The lining of the bowel is made up of billions of tiny villi. These villi increase the surface area of the gut which provides a much greater area where nutrients
can be absorbed. Coating these villi is a layer of protective mucus. The mucus acts as an additional layer of the gut, and helps fight the potential breakdown of the gut wall.
If the gut wall breaks down, there is a serious break in the integrity of the wall of the gut which in turn allows foreign substances, such as bacteria, viruses,
fungi, and allergens of any source enter directly into the body – including directly into the bloodstream.
Protecting and Healing Gut Lining should include:
- High-fiber foods such as apples, oatmeal, broccoli, carrots, and beans.
- Low-fat foods such as fish, chicken, and turkey breast.
- Foods with low acidity, or are more alkaline, like vegetables.
- Drinks that are not carbonated.
- Drinks without caffeine.
- Probiotics such as kombucha, yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
- Drink green tea with manuka honey.
- Use essential oils.
- Eat lighter meals.
- Reduce stress.