The gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of bacteria, which are collectively called the gut microbiome. The microbiome includes good and bad bacteria. The bad bacteria release toxic molecules that cause inflammation and disease. The good bacteria are essential for your health because they do things like:
The gastrointestinal (GI) barrier is a layer of tissue that lines your intestines and blocks harmful substances from getting into the bloodstream. While gut bacteria and the immune system do their best to keep the barrier healthy, it can get damaged by toxins, infection, GI diseases, stress, and an imbalance in gut bacteria. When the barrier is damaged, harmful substances get into your body, causing inflammation and illness.
Candida albicans is a yeast that normally lives in the GI tract. When you’re healthy, good gut bacteria and the GI barrier keep Candida under control. But when your gut gets out of balance, Candida grows and spreads throughout your body.
Candida takes advantage of any weakness in your body to cause infections and illness. It also secretes toxins that weaken your immune system. The symptoms of a Candida infection are often so generic, you won’t suspect a yeast infection. You may experience:
The complex connections between gut bacteria and the immune system are still being explored, but there’s no doubt about their profound interaction. Bacteria in your gut secrete substances that regulate the immune system and influence your overall health.
The type and amount of bacteria in the GI tract -- both good and bad -- are determined by your diet. This means that the health of your GI tract and immune system can be significantly altered with specific changes in your eating habits.
Before any changes are made, it’s important to know the current status of your GI health. That’s where we make a difference. We begin with proper testing to assess your health, then recommend treatment with natural options. Your individualized treatment plan may include eliminating foods you’re not able to tolerate, adding supplements such as digestive enzymes and probiotics, and learning which foods to include in your diet.
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