The Brain and the Gut
Recently a close relative got sick of the colon. We first thought it was the stomach but it showed up that it was specifically the intestine and more specific the cecum an area of the large intestine that is connected to the small intestine and marks de beginning of the large.
It was a highly reactive bacteria of the clostridium family that somehow managed to pass from the stomach to the small intestine and to the colon and started making ulcers in the cecum. It most probably came from a rotten or badly cooked chicken, plus unhealthy habits, stress and a weak immune system. That just make it easier for the bacteria to infect.
Thankfully the doctors reacted really fast and prevented him to get dehydrated and rapidly diagnosed him, found the bacteria and attacked it. The treatment was antibiotics, bed time and a bland restricted diet (no dairy or irritants). He got lucky that it was not something serious or chronic.
But as the treatment lasted a full week at the hospital, in the mean time we started reading all about the intestines.
So stupidly we thought the intestines were only the passage to get to the bag that carries the poop and waste out of our body.
But as we started reasearching more and reading some books ( The grain brain from Dr. Perlmutter ) and medical journals, we find out how connected our brain is to our intestines or colon. And how our body depends so much on it.
For starters there is no colon or intestine transplant. As it is with the kidney, liver, heart or even stomatch.
The colon is not only the waste bag of our body. Is the passage through which many of our nutrients, minerals and vitamins are absorbed. And if they are absorbed the are in our blood torrent and if they are in our blood torrent they will eventually be in our brain or not be in our brain.
See the relation?
The gut microbiome that Dr. Perlmutter mentions in his book is all those good bacteria that live in our intestines and help us absorbe all the nutrients and filter all the waste and pathogens out of our body.
That microbiome needs to be taken care by avoiding high gluten food, chlorinated water, refined sugars and irritants that may change the gut microbiome or even kill it.
Usually antibiotics help kill the bad bacteria but they also kill the good ones, leaving us exposed to any kind of pathogen virus, fungus or bacteria to enter our blood torrent.
We need to be really careful when taking antibiotics and never do it without medical supervision.
So having a healthy good intestine large and small is crucial to live a long and healthy life.
We sometimes forget about because is a silent body organ that we only remember by waste, but we need to start treating it as the king of our nutrient absorption that will lead us to a life of physical and brain well being.