Does death really "begin in the colon?"
Ok, that aphorism might be an overstatement- I would more say 'disease' instead of death, cause we're all going to die someday, but I'd rather live that time in a healthy state till the end.
After copious (but seemingly never enough) research, reading and generally just doing my best to connect the dots.....
I've come to strongly suspect that one of the most important foundations of our health is the presence of a nutrient dense diet free of toxins and an optimally functioning digestive system that can assimilate these nutrients and put them into proper use in the body. (not exactly rocket science, I know!)
In this view, the manifestation of pathology/disease states/symptoms comes about as a direct result of digestive problems 'upstream' from the other bodily systems. Many issues that seem to be unconnected to the digestive system are actually intimately related to it's malfunction.
-Malabsorption leading to nutrient deficiencies causes other systems to be shortchanged in their resources and thus their abilities to perform their jobs. My Celiac mother's extreme osteoporosis, hair loss and macular degeneration to name a few...
-Improper diet containing toxic/detrimental substances like glutens in grains, lectins, etc can lead to intestinal permeability and potential immune and auto-immune issues (yaaay celiac, lupus, diabetes 1, lymphatic and other cancers, etc!)
-Consumption of a diet high in processed foods and refined sugars can lead both to a shift in gut biotics (away from our vitamin B and K producing lil pals and towards candida, pathogenic bacteria, etc) and to blood sugar disregulation, inflammation and stress- leading to a parasympathetic state in which your digestion is further compromised in a downward spiral.
-Excess sugars will also take up more b vitamins in their processing.- further shortchanging the other bodily systems down the line.
The list goes on-and-on-and-on... But you guys are smart enough to continue the list for yourself and this post is getting too long...on to the question(s):
So, what's your take?- does "death [disease] begin in the colon"?. If not in the digestive tract, then where?
- And if so, does the version of the Paleo diet you are currently on optimally address/improve your digestive health?
(ie: is just whatever bare bones paleo diet you adhere to enough to optimally readjust your digestive health or do you feel the need to add gut healing protocols like probiotics, versions of GAPS, Art Ayers info, etc?)