The Digestive System
The digestive system includes the entire path that
food and nutrients take on their journey through the body, from
the mouth and esophagus to the small and large intestines. The
best of diets is not much better than the worst of diets in delivering
our required nutrition if the digestive system is not functioning
What Is Gut Toxicity & What Are Food Allergies
One doctor studied over 450 cases of allergies and found that
they cleared up when intestinal toxemia was eliminated. Faulty
digestion also plays a role in toxicity of our system. Certain
foods can produce a mild and constant stress that can indeed be
a source of chronic problems. Food and stress are the root of
Allergic reactions to food, food intolerance (hypersensitivity),
refined food, junk foods, food additives, and chemical contaminants
in food can alter our moods and lead directly or indirectly to
a constant state of low energy. Allergies are associated with
lower immune system function. Allergens irritate the system because
they are made up of protein molecules which are bigger than those
normally found in food. When the blood vessels and mucous membranes
are healthy they screen out the larger protein molecules. The
blood vessels and membrane tissues of the allergic person are
of poor quality and allow the entry of the larger protein molecules.
When the tissues of the body are irritated by these allergens,
the body releases a chemical known as a histamine. This substance
causes the mucous membrane to swell, and if the irritation is
extensive, the entire body can be affected with swelling.
An example of intolerance is the temporary sensitivity
that occurs after a viral or bacterial infection of the intestinal
tract. This infection alters the permeability of the gut, causing
a "leaky gut," which allows undigested food residue
to more easily pass into the blood stream. This in turn can cause
Many times food allergies are linked to toxicity
in the gut. Our bodies can be a breeding ground for harmful microbes
and chemicals. One of the primary sites in the body for toxins
is the colon. When the colon becomes toxic, harmful bacteria,
fungi and parasites proliferate. A toxic gut can be a home to
a host of parasites. Parasites stimulate the immune system and
wreak havoc with our digestion and assimilation. Eating a lot
of refined, high-sugar foods instead of fresh, enzyme-rich fruits
and vegetables further poisons the colon. Eating meat and chicken
that have been given antibiotics are likely to cause digestive
problems. A diet high in refined foods also slows the transit
time in the colon allowing toxins to linger and inflame the gut
lining. Malabsorption and/or leaky gut syndrome is the result.
Adverse food reactions can create almost any symptom
and affect almost any body system. Many problems with food allergy
or intolerance can be traced to problems within the intestinal
tract. Leaky gut syndrome is one contributor to food intolerance.
In such cases, food reactions improve when the leaky gut is repaired
As we keep adding irritating foods to our diet, the
toxins damage the tissue of the gut. The inflamed wall becomes
more porous and lets the toxins into the blood stream. The body
treats them as foreign invaders and manufactures antibodies.
This in turn leads to food allergies or hypersensitivity. The
end result is fatigue and a weakened immune system.
Certain foods seem to cause more of an allergic response
than others. They are wheat, peanuts, cow's milk and other dairy
products, corn, and eggs. Beyond this list of common irritants,
almost any food can provoke a response depending upon the individual.
Most individuals are allergic to more than one food.
A good way to test whether or not you have a food
sensitivity is to take your resting pulse before you eat a meal.
After the meal is over and for the next few hours, if your pulse
speeds up more than 10 beats per minute this means that one or
more of the foods that you ate is an irritant. To test a specific
food allergy, cut the food from the diet for four days, then eat
it and take your pulse. If it speeds up more than 10 beats per
minute the food should be eliminated. Besides doing a pulse test,
a blood test may be done to determine what foods are irritating
to the system. A comprehensive stool analysis can also be done
to determine the condition of the gut and also check for parasites.
Therapy for Gut Toxicity and Food Allergies
Internal cleansing can help restore and heal an inflamed
gut. The gut can be effectively detoxified through diet, herbs,
and cleansing techniques. Food allergies can be taken care of
by eliminating the caustic irritants from the diet. Once the
foods and chemicals are eliminated from the body, the feeling
of well being and vitality will be restored.
Practice proper food combining.
- Eat acids and starches at separate meals.
- Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods (grains, bread, pasta) at separate meals.
- Eat but one concentrated protein food at a meal.
- Eat proteins and acids at separate meals.
A good rule of thumb is to combine vegetables and
protein together at one meal or starch and vegetables together
without protein. It is especially good to follow this rule while
trying to heal the digestive tract.
The digestion time of various foods is determined
by how easy they are to digest and assimilate in the body. Foods
that take less time do not require a lot of work and energy to
Digesting Time for Some Common Foods
|Green Vegetables (non-starch) - 5 hours
||Raw Juices-15 minutes|
|Fat-12 hours||Protein (meat)-12 hours
|Protein (starch)-12 hours||Protein (fat)-12 hours
|Starch-5 hours||Mild Starch-5 hours
|Fruit, Sweet/Dried-3 hours||Fruit (Acid)-2 hours
|Fruit (Sub-Acid)-2 hours||Fruit, Sweet/Fresh-3 hours
|Melon-2 hours||Syrup, Sugar-2 hours
A blood purifying and cleansing diet is recommended while healing.
Digestion of food must be complete. The bowels must be kept
clean. If one is not hypoglycemic, a short juice fast is recommended
followed by a vegetable and protein diet. Some grains may be
included in small amounts such as millet, wild rice, quinoa, and
Foods that heal are sprouts, almonds, beans, raw nuts, peas, lemons,
sesame seeds, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, yellow
fruits and vegetables, berries, carrots, apricots, parsley, celery,
cabbage, watercress, apples, grapes, artichokes, garlic. Foods
rich in Magnesium help prevent allergies: almonds, cashews, sesame
seed, lima beans. Natural sodium found in zucchini, celery, carrots,
beets, and seaweed helps to prevent water from getting into the
cells, which otherwise would result in stuffy nose, watery eyes
and swollen tissues.
In some cases a fast or partial fast on Ultra Clear, Ultra Clear
Plus or Ultra Clear Sustain (contact us to obtain these
products), for up to three weeks has been helpful with allergies and gut repair. These products,
distributed by Metagenics, can be obtained through a natural health care practitioner.
Fiber is very important for cleansing the intestinal tract. A
good bulking agent such as Nutri-cleanse, or flax seed meal should be used to
keep the colon and intestinal tract clean. Figs are also an excellent source of fiber.
Limit or avoid food additives such as aspartame (Nutri-sweet), BHT, and Monosodium glutamate (MSG). If you
consume meat make sure it is range free and has not been fed hormones, antibiotics,
or other chemicals. During the healing process avoid all refined
and preserved foods, sugars, caffeine, and dairy products. Use
very little grain as it is a known allergen. Try to obtain organically
grown produce whenever possible so that you are not loading poisons
from chemical sprays and fertilizer into your body. A good principle
to follow is a "zone" favorable diet that is 40 percent
complex carbohydrate (from vegetables), 30 percent protein and
30 percent unsaturated fat.
Multi-vitamins with extra A, B-complex (pantothenic
acid, B6, B12).
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, (helps in the assimilation
Calcium and Magnesium (balanced) prevents allergies.
Manganese, Potassium, Zinc.
Iodine (kelp) to produce thyroid hormone and protect
Pantothenic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E have all
been shown to reduce the production of histamines under stress.
Acidophilus (milk free).
Marine lipids, flax, Black Currant Seed Oil or evening primrose oil (essential fatty acids) are needed to produce adrenal hormones and to synthesize
pantothenic acid in the intestines. New Life 1000 provides essential fatty acids from cold water salmon oil.
Digestive enzymes to prevent toxins from accumulating
in the blood. Phyto Opti-Zymes contains a complex mixture of enzymes to give
you extra digestive support.
Royal jelly and bee pollen. Bee Alert contains Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly,
Ginseng, and Bee Propolis to help increase endurance, relieve stress, enhance immunity, and reduce allergies.
Reishi mushroom for the immune system.
Green superfoods as they are easy to digest and help
to build strong immunity and in some cases have helped with allergies
from pollens in the air. Green Magic has a broad spectrum of vitamins,
minerals, enzymes, & micronutrients that provide the basic building blocks for rejuvenation at the cellular
Co enzyme Q10 to help the liver produce anti-hystamines.
Proanthocyanidins from grape seed extract or pine
bark. These have been shown to be remarkably effective in treating
allergies. Mega Pro Plus contains concentrated Proanthocyanidins: possibly the
World’s Most Powerful Antioxidant.
Alfalfa (Acid/Alkaline balance).
Lymphatic cleansers-Red Clover, violet leaves and
Chapparal (cleans deep in the cells).
Chickweed, Dandylion, Echinacea, Eyebright, and Fenugreek
(cleans the stomach of mucous).
Gentian (tonic for the digestive tract).
Black walnut (Kills parasites and fungus).
Burdock root and Dong Quai to purify the blood.
Licorice and Pau D'Arco to kill fungus.
Yoga postures to improve the digestion. Trampoline jumping to clean the lymph and strengthen the internal
organs. Walking is the easiest and very beneficial.