Inflammation and the Gut

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Search the topic of this post and you will find countless articles discussing the origin of inflammation.  My belief as well as other professionals is that inflammation starts in the gut, and then leads to a host of other problems. When is the last time you have had a blood test that looks for allergens which include foods, herbs, and other chemicals. I find that many people are taking multiple things that they find out later are allergic to. I would definitely recommend taking one to see what you are reactive to.leaky-Gut

Lets quickly review the inflammatory process.  Inflammation occurs when you have some type of bodily injury. This can be from contact, or in many cases something eaten such an an allergen. Your body fights this inflammation with many different methods.  One process that occurs is the release of white blood cells and other chemicals. White blood cells and signaling chemicals help protect your body from foreign substances. The end result is increased blood flow to the area of injury, usually fluids move into the area causing swelling, and usually patients see redness or warmth at that area.

With this process in mind, think how it effects your GI (Gastro-Intestinal) system.  If you are eating foods that constantly inflame your gut how healthy do you think it is in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years? Medications such as antibiotics and other products can damage your GI lining or destroy good bacteria.  Our GI system allows certain things to be absorbed and other things to be passed through. Leaky gut has been a topic of interest for years. If you have chronic inflammation your GI system may begin to let more things through then it should leading to other problems.

Contact us if you would like to know more about what you can do to help prevent GI inflammation or would like to setup allergen testing