Is Your Gut Health Inhibiting Your Ability to Detoxify from Radiation?
Your digestive tract is essentially a long, hollow tube running from one end of your body to the other. Up to 80 percent of your immune system may be found in your digestive tract.1 Whether you want to routinely cleanse, protect yourself from harmful toxins, or detoxify from radiation, it starts with building a strong immune system and making sure your detox pathways are working.
Your ability to cleanse depends directly on the health of your gut and your liver. LivAmend contains targeted cleansing herbs that can support efficient detoxification and transformation in the liver.
The Reality of Radiation in Our Environment
Today, Fukushima has gotten much worse. We are all being affected by it. The aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in March 2011 is still rippling through the environment. Bird populations in Fukushima are dwindling after the accident. Several species have seen a sharp decline.2
In 2016, five years after the accident confirmed to be the single largest release of human-made radioactive discharge into the marine environment, radioactivity levels in marine life near Fukushima had lowered. Yet the long-term effects of the contamination are still undetermined. More research is needed to assess how much radiation remains stored in ocean sediment — and how much may be leaking as groundwater.3 Remember, it was only in 2013 that radioactive levels of strontium and cesium in seawater near Fukushima were 10 to 100 times higher than before the accident, indicating that radiation was still leaking.4
When we have this kind of disaster, seen in Chernobyl and in Fukushima, the whole world actually receives that radiation.
But we won’t see the full impact of that radiation exposure for 100 generations. It takes that long for babies to be born, and certain babies may be carrying those genetic alterations. In 100 generations, which is about 1,000 years, we will begin to see the effects of today’s radiation.
We are dealing with problems today that we didn’t have before. So, we need a new system of healing that addresses these current issues, including mass radiation exposure. At the present moment, all we can do is look at our own bodies, get well, and share what we know with other people in order to turn this around. Collectively, we can draw from ancient knowledge and what other cultures have done right. Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine — these ancient systems of healing that focus on inner strength and vitality all fit into the Body Ecology way of life.
Detoxify from Radiation: Leaky Gut Can Let Toxins In
The inner ecosystem of your digestive tract is designed to protect your body from outsiders. Stomach acid, the wave-like motion of the intestines, and immune cells tucked into the lining of the intestines all work together to prevent leaky gut.
So, what ultimately causes leaky gut?
- Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, which can be the result of enzyme deficiency, stress, or weak stomach acid
- Candida overgrowth
- Food irritants, like gluten
- Food poisoning; many bacteria are equipped with poisons that destroy the lining of the gut
- Use of alcohol and NSAIDs
Along the intestines — especially the large intestine — there are communities of bacteria and yeast that work with your body. These beneficial bacteria and yeast nourish you. They also help protect you from outside toxins and disease-causing microorganisms.
Remember, the gut is your first line of defense.
The lining of the gut is armed with immune cells.
It is designed to protect the body from parasites, bacteria, and yeast that you may pick up from food or your environment. A toxic and unhealthy liver is common in those with leaky gut and bacterial overgrowth.
But what happens when this system fails?
As it turns out, the lining of the digestive tract is not the only place where the immune system is on high alert for unwanted guests. The gut is your first line of defense.
Your second line of defense is your liver.
When harmful bacteria, dietary irritants, and environmental toxins get past the gut lining, they drain into the liver.
The liver is not so much of a filter as it is a place where detoxification and transformation happen.
With the help of powerful antioxidants like glutathione, the liver transforms toxins. And with the help of the immune system, the liver clears potentially harmful substances — including bacteria and pro-inflammatory fragments of bacteria.
Have you tried the free Body Ecology Detox Challenge yet? This is a great place to begin.
The liver is a major immune organ.5 And most of the liver’s immune cells are found around the portal vein, which shuttles nutrient-rich blood from the gut and into the liver. In fact, bacteria can even be cultured (or collected and grown) from around the portal vein.6
As you can imagine, a gut that is inflamed and leaky means more work for the liver. When your inner ecosystem is out of balance, the liver has a difficult time keeping up with the body’s demands.
When Defenses Are Down: Leaky Gut and an Overworked Liver
An inner ecosystem that is out of balance is one where bacteria and yeast have grown out of control. The intestinal wall becomes inflamed. Bacteria and fragments of bacteria are able to slip past the gut wall and drain into the liver.
This is bad news for the liver.
Researchers have found that a toxic and unhealthy liver is common in those with leaky gut and bacterial overgrowth.7,8 Other research shows that the progression of liver disease is driven by leaky gut.9 A constant rush of bacteria, bacteria fragments, and outside irritants into the liver can overwhelm the liver’s ability to clear these toxins.
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The danger of a leaky gut does not end with an overworked liver.
With time, a wounded inner ecosystem may even stimulate fibrosis (or injury) of liver tissue. Once this happens, the entire body is at risk for disease, infection, and Candida overgrowth.10
Thirty percent to 50 percent of those with liver cirrhosis — or extreme liver damage — succumb to the systemic effects of circulating bacteria and fragments of bacteria.11,12 Other studies show that those with end-stage liver damage also have leaky gut.13
Break the Cycle: Heal the Gut, Support the Liver, and Deepen Your Detox
Once bacteria, yeast, or outside toxins get past the liver, their ability to pollute the body is unchecked. As these pollutants circulate, the liver diligently attempts to get rid of both circulating waste and new irritants draining into the liver from a leaky gut.
It is a vicious cycle. The first step to breaking the cycle is to heal the gut.
In order for the body to properly cleanse, your inner ecosystem must be healthy and balanced. Some of the best support that you can give to yourself and to your liver is to make sure that the lining of your gut is sealed.
The literature showing a link between extreme liver damage, toxicity, and leaky gut is staggering.
For example, studies have shown that those with non-alcoholic liver disease also have a leaky and inflamed gut.14,15 Cases of hepatitis C and extreme liver damage from years of alcoholism both occur with bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.16,17 One study published in Hepatology in 2003 found that probiotics were able to reduce inflammation in the liver tissue of mice with fatty liver disease.18 In other words, heal the gut — and you can optimize the health of your liver and thus your ability to cleanse.
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The beneficial bacteria that you will find in fermented foods or probiotic beverages can nurture a hearty inner ecosystem. Good bacteria repair intestinal damage and reduce inflammation or “leakiness”. And LivAmend is a formula specifically designed to support liver function and detoxification.
How well you remove dangerous pollutants from your body is not solely dependent on your liver — much hinges on the integrity of your gut. With a healthy inner ecosystem, you can heal liver damage, restore your liver’s ability to cleanse, and amplify your detox.
What To Remember Most About This Article:
Did you know that up to 80 percent of your immune system may be found in your digestive tract? Your gut is your first line of defense against the outside world; your second line of defense is your liver.
When the gut becomes inflamed and leaky, it places a heavy burden on the liver. Leaky gut may be the result of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, stress, Candida overgrowth, parasites, gluten in the diet, and so much more. An unhealthy, toxic liver has been directly associated with leaky gut and bacterial overgrowth. Liver disease can be exacerbated further by leaky gut.
You can support your liver health to aid in detoxification by healing the gut first of all:
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- A. P. Møller, I. Nishiumi, T. A. Mousseau. Cumulative effects of radioactivity from Fukushima on the abundance and biodiversity of birds. Journal of Ornithology, 2015; DOI: 10.1007/s10336-015-1197-2.
- Jordi Vives i Batlle. Impact of the Fukushima accident on marine biota, five years later. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 2016; 12 (4): 654 DOI: 10.1002/ieam.18254. Maxi Castrillejo, Núria Casacuberta, Crystaline F. Breier, Steven M. Pike, Pere Masqué, Ken O.
- Maxi Castrillejo, Núria Casacuberta, Crystaline F. Breier, Steven M. Pike, Pere Masqué, Ken O. Buesseler. Reassessment of90Sr,137Cs, and134Cs in the Coast off Japan Derived from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Accident. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016; 50 (1): 173 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03903.
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- Singh R, Bullard J, Kalra M, Assefa S, Kaul AK, et al. Status of bacterial colonization, Toll-like receptor expression and nuclear factor-␣B activation in normal and diseased human livers. Clin Immunol. 2011; 138:41–49.
- Bauer TM, Schwacha H, Steinbruckner B, Brinkmann FE, Ditzen AK, Aponte JJ, et al. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in human cirrhosis is associated with systemic endotoxemia. Am J Gastroenterol 2002;97: 2364–2370.
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- Seki E, De Minicis S, Osterreicher CH, Kluwe J, Osawa Y, Brenner DA, et al. TLR4 enhances TGF-beta signaling and hepatic fibrosis. Nat Med 2007;13:1324–1332.
- Ruiz AG, Casafont F, Crespo J, Cayon A, Mayorga M, et al. Lipopolysaccharide-binding protein plasma levels and liver TNF-␣ gene expression in obese patients: evidence for the potential role of endotoxin in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Obes Surg. 2007; 17:1374–80.
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