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It’s All About The Gut: Great Health Starts From Intestinal System

Raise your hand if you experience the habit of defecating irregularly.  Every day we run a hectic life. We wake up early and rush to work hoping that we will defecate later in the day.  The next thing we know, we are in heavy traffic getting home without defecating at all the whole day. Some people may find it hard to use public toilets and some may prefer to hold using the toilet until they return home. Mostly other things occupy us so we skip the chance and then such cycle repeats again the next day and so on.

Every day we wake up feeling sleep-deprived, fatigued, and uncomfortable.  Some suffer from migraines or accumulated symptoms termed office syndrome – widely known among white collar people. We rely on coffee and tea to keep us awake and active. We may try other drinks to help us relax in the evening.  People try in vain to break this cycle without knowing what has gone wrong.  The cause of all these symptoms may be the imbalance of gastro-intestinal system.

Our body is amazing as its multi-mechanisms can provide self-protection. The outer most protection is our skin which protects our internal organs.  Internally, we also have our intestines protecting us with 200 times surface area greater than our outer skin.  The surface of our intestines plays a major role in filtering everything we ingest – both essential and non-beneficial nutrients, toxins, drugs and germs, protecting our body. This has been recognised long time ago – in 460 BCE Hippocrates, the father of the western medical profession, said “All Disease Begins in the Gut” [1]. Interestingly, traditional Thai medical practice influenced by ancient Indian Ayuraveda, also mentions similar principal: the mouth is the source of illness; gut is its residence.

Micro-biome is bacteria living in human intestines known as beneficial bacteria.  They help digest food, synthesise vitamins, expedite some co-ordinate internal system, keep levels of bad bacteria under control, etc.  Micro-biome sends signals to inform our brain that we are full and not to eat too much.  They also stimulate and control other bodily functions such as the liver (our most hard-working and crucial organ), the immune system and what many women care about – their metabolism and skin condition. With advanced technology, we gain more and more knowledge on gastro-intestinal micro-biome and how it relates to human body functions, especially the treatment of illness. This is different to the past where we could only note down records of advice and observations.  At present, technology and vast knowledge from researches  provide us with deeper and wider understandings in this matter. With the crucial role the intestines play in our health, people should start taking good care of it and do so immediately.

Raise your hand if you experience the habit of defecating irregularly.  Every day we run a hectic life. We wake up early and rush to work hoping that we will defecate later in the day.  The next thing we know, we are in heavy traffic getting home without defecating at all the whole day. Some people may find it hard to use public toilets and some may prefer to hold using the toilet until they return home. Mostly other things occupy us so we skip the chance and then such cycle repeats again the next day and so on.

Every day we wake up feeling sleep-deprived, fatigued, and uncomfortable.  Some suffer from migraines or accumulated symptoms termed office syndrome – widely known among white collar people. We rely on coffee and tea to keep us awake and active. We may try other drinks to help us relax in the evening.  People try in vain to break this cycle without knowing what has gone wrong.  The cause of all these symptoms may be the imbalance of gastro-intestinal system.

Our body is amazing as its multi-mechanisms can provide self-protection. The outer most protection is our skin which protects our internal organs.  Internally, we also have our intestines protecting us with 200 times surface area greater than our outer skin.  The surface of our intestines plays a major role in filtering everything we ingest – both essential and non-beneficial nutrients, toxins, drugs and germs, protecting our body. This has been recognised long time ago – in 460 BCE Hippocrates, the father of the western medical profession, said “All Disease Begins in the Gut” [1]. Interestingly, traditional Thai medical practice influenced by ancient Indian Ayuraveda, also mentions similar principal: the mouth is the source of illness; gut is its residence.

Micro-biome is bacteria living in human intestines known as beneficial bacteria.  They help digest food, synthesise vitamins, expedite some co-ordinate internal system, keep levels of bad bacteria under control, etc.  Micro-biome sends signals to inform our brain that we are full and not to eat too much.  They also stimulate and control other bodily functions such as the liver (our most hard-working and crucial organ), the immune system and what many women care about – their metabolism and skin condition. With advanced technology, we gain more and more knowledge on gastro-intestinal micro-biome and how it relates to human body functions, especially the treatment of illness. This is different to the past where we could only note down records of advice and observations.  At present, technology and vast knowledge from researches  provide us with deeper and wider understandings in this matter. With the crucial role the intestines play in our health, people should start taking good care of it and do so immediately.

 

 

[1] Louisa. “’All Disease Begins in the Gut’: Was Hippocrates Right?” OUP Academic, Oxford University Press, 12 Feb. 2018, academic.oup.com/brain/article/141/3/e20/4850980.

[2] Fasano, Alessio. “Zonulin, Regulation of Tight Junctions, and Autoimmune Diseases.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3384703/.

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