Food Sensitivities Food sensitivity reactions, such as to gluten or dairy, cause irritation and inflammation in the upper intestines. This often leads to damage of intestinal tissue, a leaky gut, and a subsequent breakdown of the digestive and absorptive processes. Without proper intestinal cell function, signals for hormones like CCK to be released never occur, causing a lack of bile and pancreatic enzymes. This leads to undigested food, bacterial imbalances, and food particles too large to be absorbed. In the presence of a leaky gut, this can cause further inflammation and exposure to food particles that can cause even more food sensitivities.
Cesarean Births and Formula Feeding During a vaginal birth, bacteria from the mother immediately begins to colonize an infant’s digestive tract, taking up to a month to become fully established. When an infant is born through a cesarean section, bacteria from sources in the operating room, such as the air, nurses, and doctors, colonize the infant’s digestive tract.
As a result, cesarean-born babies are more likely to have immune imbalance disorders like asthma, eczema, and allergies. Since some women do not have a choice on how their baby decides to come into the world, we highly recommend giving c-section newborns a special infant probiotic powder right after birth. 3. Common Toxins Many toxins like mercury, PCBs, Roundup, triclosan (from hand sanitizers), and pesticides can kill beneficial bacteria that would normally keep the intestines calm. These chemicals can harm surrounding tissues in the intestines leading to more leaky gut symptoms and inflammation.
Medications There are many medications that can cause an imbalance in your intestines that will lead to digestive upset. Three of the most common associated with intestinal disorders include acid-blocking medication, nonsteroid anti-inflammatories, and antibiotics. Acid-Blocking Medications. Acid-blocking medications such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Zantac decrease your gastric acid significantly.
Without adequate acid to burn incoming invaders, people on these medications are more susceptible to viral infections and bacterial imbalances. Acid is normally responsible for breaking down hard-to-digest food items and assists with making vitamins and minerals more absorbable.
Lower acid in the stomach for long periods leads to nutrient deficiencies and undigested foods. Undigested foods can feed unfriendly bacteria leading once again to bacterial imbalances. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs).NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil and Motrin), and naproxen (such as Aleve) directly irritate the intestinal cells, while also lowering protective chemicals (prostaglandins) in the GI tract.