Human health lies hidden in the gut
Our language knows the term “human health is hidden in the gut.” And also the famous physician Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim – better known as Paracelsus – had a clear view on the intestines, “Death sits in the gut.”
Our digestive system obviously has far more tasks than the digestion and production of faeces. In the microbiological therapy and naturopathy this knowledge has prevailed for a long time. Conventional medicine did not always hard perceive it that way and doubted the effectiveness of this therapy or did simply not accept it.
The intestine is an all-rounder
Often simply dismissed as banal hose system, the intestine is in principle the largest area of contact between the outside world and our bodies. Through the ingenious folding of the intestinal mucosa in an adult human, a resorptive total area of 250 to 350 square meters occurs. By comparison, our skin is accounts for only about 1.7 to 2 square meters! Another important “figure”: approximately ten times more bacteria live on the intestinal tract than cells of the body! Approximately 400 different strains of bacteria are colonizing our inner self year-in and year-out. Between the intestinal bacteria and the host a mutual benefit (symbiosis) has a grown over millions of years.
Allergies, eczema and Co
In recent years, an increasing number of breakthrough findings have been published and are used since then as a basis for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and other diseases. Even complaints that are not associated with the digestive tract, directly, have at least a connection to disturbed bacteria in our intestine. Whether allergies, depression, burnout, rheumatic diseases, skin diseases and even autism – when the bacterial world improves in the gut, then the disease symptoms diminsh most likely. The microbiome (the accumulation of micro-organisms) in our gut is even said to normalize insulin levels of diabetic patients and thus reduces blood sugar levels.
Strengthen the Intestine: Belly-brain and immune system will thank you for it
Already in the 1960s, the famous neurologist Michael Gershon discovered that serotonin is mainly formed in the intestinal mucosa, and not in the brain, as previously widely accepted . These and other findings he published in various scientific works and later in his book “The second brain”. Obviously our enteric nervous system can also provide a very effective memory performance. Early sense experiences are stored in the gut and sent to the brain via the nerves. There they are translated into certain feelings and stored in an “emotional memory database”. This fact and the obvious wealth of impressive information highways (neuron-highways) from the gut to the brain (or vice versa) explain, why we speak of “gut brain” or “gut decision”.
About 80% of the cellular immune system of the body is located in the intestines. Or to be more precise: as Peyer’s patches of the intestinal mucosa. This shows how important a intact intestinal flora is for our health. And how extremely sensitive our whole system responds to stress.
An important step in health – Intestinal cleansing
To be able to perform all their duties our intestines require:
- an intact, bacterial colonization of the intestine (microflora)
- a sufficient formation of mucosa and secretory immunoglobulin A
- an intact intestinal epithelial cell-structure
In recent decades, various medications have been developed containing bacteria (probiotics and prebiotics) and have been used with great success. Whether chronic susceptibility to infections or eczema – treatment with bacteria can lead to success. This makes it attractive also for common people to try to treatment with probiotics on their own. But beware: not all products are equally suitable for everyone. Moreover, in many cases it is not sufficient to take these probiotics a few days and hope that everything will be fine again. A previous clean laboratory diagnostics (stool analysis, nitro stress), as well as the evaluation of further possible deficiencies is crucial, before getting things going. Each intestine is unique in its composition; accordingly, the solution should be individually elaborated, too.
We will advise you about the different possibilities and lead you through the jungle of probiotics.