However, recent studies have found that your intestines complete another very important function regarding our health, which could be related to obesity and our metabolic health.
Having good intestinal health could be a determinant of whether we will enjoy overall good health or not.
It is true that for hundreds of years, intestinal health was often related to digestion, but now it has been demonstrated that having good intestinal health also influences the rest of the body.
Your intestines and health
The microorganisms present in your intestines are fundamental for digestive health and also for the immunological system. In fact, it is said that from 60% to 80% of the immunological system is found in the intestines.
It is for this reason that the intestines carry out such an important role in our health and the prevention of many diseases.
The immune tissues of the gastrointestinal tract are considered the largest and most complex part of the entire human immunological system.
The microorganisms in the intestines fulfill an important function in the development of a strong and balanced immune system. It is here where the immune system produces antibodies which are responsible for fighting off the different types of illnesses that invade the body.
In addition to its important role in the development of a strong immune system, the intestines are also responsible for 90% of the body’s neurotransmitters, that are related to mood and sentiments.
When a person has a problem in their gastrointestinal tract, they can also suffer from other health disorders such as, for example:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Chronic fatigue
Knowing all of this, it is now the time to begin healing the intestines in order to have better health.
To do so, the naturopath doctor Amy Myers, a specialist in functional medicine, has created a program called 4 R, whose objective is to heal the intestines so you can heal yourself.
The 4 R program
Repair the damage
The objective of this first step is to clean out of the gastrointestinal tract everything that can cause damage. For this it is necessary to eliminate all foods that cause inflammation or gastric irritation such as alcohol, caffeine and drugs.
And also any that can produce some type of infection. Among the foods that can cause inflammation are all those that cause any type of intolerance, such as:
- Dairy products
It is important to have an IgG test to determine the specific level of certain proteins (called immunoglobulins) in the blood and what food sensitivities you have to know whether you will have intolerances to any of these foods.
Infections can be caused by parasites, bacteria or yeast. A stool sample test will help to determine your level of good bacteria and to detect any infections.
In order to eliminate any infection there are treatments with herbs, anti-parasitic medicine and even antibiotics (although not recommended).
The body needs several essential ingredients in order to achieve good digestion and to get proper absorption of nutrients. The use of drugs, diet, illnesses or aging can deplete these elements. It is therefore very important to include them in your diet in order to achieve proper digestion. Among these we find:
- Digestive enzymes
- Hydrochloric bile acids
It is very important to restore the healthy intestinal bacteria in order for it to function properly. This can be achieved by the consumption of a probiotic supplement, that contains beneficial bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium and lactobacilli species. It is also important to increase your consumption of fiber.
The last step in this program is focused on the repair of the intestines through a diet rich in essential nutrients. The intestine needs us to provide it with some nutrients, through various foods, to help it to complete many of its functions.
In order the repair the intestine, you can take supplements of L-glutamine, which is an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the lining of the intestinal wall. Further, it is essential to provide the intestine with other important nutrients such as zinc, fatty acid omega-3 from fish, vitamins A, C, E and plants such as elm or aloe vera.
This program to heal the intestine can become a big help for the treatment of different illnesses. It is worth putting into practice and to begin to take advantage of its benefits for your health.