Bowel toxemia is the excessive production of toxic metabolites of digestion especially in the colon. The liver detoxifies toxins produced by the gut. If the liver is not functioning optimally or if the amount of toxin production overwhelms the liver’s detox pathways, the toxins can enter the systemic circulation and cause numerous health problems.
The small intestine is a permeable barrier. It has an absorptive capacity with the active and passive movement of nutrients through the cells. It also serves as a barrier to toxic compounds and large molecules, which are prevented from entering the blood stream by tight junctions between the intestinal mucosal cells. The GI lining makes up a major part of our immune system by furnishing secretory Ig! (antibody) and white blood cells to attack foreign invaders. Damage to the intestinal lining or mucosal cells and the tight junctions can lead to a hyperpermeable intestinal wall causing passive leaky gut syndrome.
Enzymes are proteins that function as catalysts for chemical reactions within the body. Without them, our metabolic and chemical processes would occur more slowly and require more energy. The shape of the protein is key to its function. If the shape is changed for any reason, the protein won’t work. Enzymes are not consumed by the reactions they assist, so once they are done with one reaction they are available to assist the next reaction.
Malabsorption is the inability of nutrients to be absorbed through the cells that line the intestinal tract – the muscosal cells. It is characterized by the abnormal excretion of fat in the stool (steatorrhea) and the malabsorption of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins. It is possible to have a malabsorption of one nutrient but not any of the others because they may all be absorbed by different processes.
Hypochlorhydria is a condition of decreased secretions of hydrochloric acid (HCl) and pepsin from the parietal cells in the stomach. It is often associated with aging but it can affect anyone at any age. The effects of low stomach acid can be insidious and progressive. Different issues can cause the decrease in available HCl such as:
• Autoimmune diseases (anti-parietal cell antibody)
• H. pylori infection
• Antacids such as Tagamet, Prilosec, Xantac and Pepcid AC
• Chronic eating of devitalized food
• Excessive dietary fat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and refined foods
• Chronic overeating can exhaust the stomach, which has to concentrate hydrogen ions by 4 million times than the arterial blood
• Chronic stress
• Recurrent food poisoning or excessive dysbiosis
• Excess carbohydrate consumption as in a vegan diet.