There are only two physical access points between the outside world and the inside of your body. One is your skin. The other is the mysterious tunnel that starts at your mouth and ends at your anus.
Your skin is absolutely important – it absorbs everything from nicotine to sunlight. But leaving it aside for now let’s look at what happens when food ventures from your mouth to your gut and how it impacts everything you feel on a daily basis.
Thanks in large part to the research done by Dr. Michael Gershon at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, we know that you have a second brain in your gut, called the enteric nervous system. At least 95% of the serotonin in your entire body lives in your intestines and your brain and your gut communicate with each other constantly.
Also living in walls of your gut are hormones referred to as entero-hormones. All hormones, regardless of where they are made in the body, by definition are chemical messengers that swim through your bloodstream and influence every system in your body to some degree. To what degree, exactly, depends on the receptor density in a particular organ or tissue for a particular hormone.
The lining of your intestine is also microscopically thin – one cell layer thick – and creates an intelligent membrane that, in a more intricately choreographed dance than any Russian ballet, absorbs the liquefied broken down version of what you chewed and swallowed into your blood, changing it’s address from external to internal. If you have even a low-grade allergy to one of the substances in what you ate, this – the point of absorption – is when your immune system goes on the attack, leading to unpleasantness.
Two super crucial points here:
One, there is an enteric (i.e. intestinal) neuro-hormonal system that cross talks with the rest of the systems in your body and impacts those systems, either promoting equilibrium or throwing it off.
Two, the food you eat gets absorbed into your body for processing. From there, if the food contains any toxic materials, those toxic waste products flood first your blood and then your liver and your kidneys, which have to deal with the crisis. If the food is usable on a molecular level, it gets literally repackaged and turned into your tissues.
All of this is a tiny fraction of the evidence for why there is no separation between the food you eat and you, from your bones to your feelings.
The good news is you have a choice of what items from the external world you put into your internal environment.
Stay tuned for Part II, where we’ll talk about what foods to eat and what to avoid, to keep your head in line.
Dr. Robin/Health Uncensored
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