Part 3: What Factors Contribute To Gastrointestinal Pathology
1. Sulfur Rich Bile Acids (Dairy and Milk Products)
Certain long and very long chain saturated fats found in dairy products, require sulfur rich bile. We have a gram negative bacteria in our gut, known as b wadsworthia, and it thrives on sulfur. If you are genetically predisposed, this can cause the bacteria to proliferate and increase in amounts resulting in gut flora imbalances.
Whether your lactose intolerant or not, if your dealing with imbalances of the microbiome, by ingesting lactose in dairy products, can give further opportunity for the bad bacteria to gain energy to overpopulate.
Whether your fructose intolerant or not, if your dealing with imbalances of the microbiome, by ingesting fructose in fruit products, can give further opportunity for the bad bacteria to gain energy to overpopulate.
4. Sugar alcohols (sorbitol, malitol, xylitol)
If your dealing with imbalances of the microbiome, by ingesting these alcohols, usually found in processed pre packaged foods, can give further opportunity for the bad bacteria to gain energy to overpopulate.
5. Excess simple sugar and fats
Can contribute to increased ratio of firmicutes and reduced bacteroidetes. This increases your susceptibility to weight gain, leaky gut, and inflammation.
6.Gluten and Lectins (grains, legumes)
Contain proteins that damage gut barrier, resulting in inflammation, and leading to celiac or gluten intolerance's/sensitivities.
7. Cross Reactivity
Foods that are not gluten, contain proteins too, that our immune system can recognize as gluten.
The foods to be wary of, if you have gluten-sensitivity, are:
•yeast (brewer’s, baker’s, nutritional)
8. Fungus (candida albicans)
If your dealing with microbiome (gut flora) imbalances, you are very susceptible to increase the activity of fungus, that is naturally present in your gut. The fungus release gliotoxins and carcinogens (acetayldehyde).
9. Parasites (contaminated foods, travelling to other countries )
Release biotoxins, that can assist in breaching the gut barrier, increasing permeability of the gut.
10. Antibiotics (foods, and medication)
Destroying more of our own good bacteria, than our bad bacteria.
11. NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
Long term can alter the Ph of our stomach, increasing the potential of bacterial survival (SIBO).
Alright, this is so far what I gathered in my many years of research, of the potential causes towards gut ailments. Remember, gut issues are usually a combination of many factors, not just one. Dealing with gut issues, requires much trial and error, since symptoms can be very similar.
Appropriately eliminating foods, adding probiotics/prebiotics, certain other supplements (lactoferrin, colostrum), taking anti fungal/microbial botanicals, certain short/medium chain fats (lauric, butyric, capric, caprillic), and depending on severity, you might have to take antibiotics medication (neomycin or/and rifaxamin).
Always remember to start very slowly, and seek supervision to appropriately assist you with lifestyle, food, supplement assistance. Everything should be unique, and catered to your situation.
If you guys have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email.
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Misha (mishkabear) Goltsman
Health Educator/Researcher/Guest Speaker/Trainer