HeConnection-Conditions-Health, Disease BeginHealth, Disease Begin in the Gut

Health-e-Solutions comment: It is said that Health, Disease Begin in the Gut. We suspect that the starting place for many autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes is in the gut. This is an interesting article supporting the roll of food and lifestyle in the creation of health and wellness. Our food choices and lifestyle directly determine health and function, or inflammation and dysfunction of the duodenum and its many control mechanisms.

#TheRomanDiet is an anti-inflammatory diet that excludes allergenic trigger foods, which we believe has provided us with a healthier gut with which to combat disease and autoimmune function. This article and the accompanying research lends support to this idea.


There is no health without a healthy duodenum and Intestines. How well our digestion works directly determines how well our body and brain function. The old adage “we are what we eat” appears to hold true.

At the center of it all is the duodenum. The duodenum is the initial section of the small intestines. It controls many aspects of food passage (stomach) and absorption (small intestines) and holds the keys to the most important control mechanisms of our living body biochemistry.

A duodenum that is healthy and functions properly governs multiple actions and functions of stomach, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder. Moreover, the duodenum directly affects much of our life-supporting nutrient absorption (including all-important calcium).

A duodenum that is inflamed no longer can fulfill these central control functions. Damage to the duodenum most often is induced by allergenic and inflammatory foods: sugars and alcohols, wheat (gliadin and other grain gluten proteins), and many other food allergens.

Inflammation throughout the intestines affects the intestinal mucous lining. This is the very tissue that hosts the majority of our body’s lymph and immune system cells. They affect the body’s nutrient and mineral absorption, auto-immune defense capability, toxin drainage ability, pH balance (alkalinity) and anti-parasitic properties, defense from non-communicable and communicable diseases.

Increasingly, research identifies strong links to underlying non-celiac and/or celiac gluten sensitivity. Other signs of compromised duodenal activity are: chronic or acute inflammation, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, dysbiosis (leaky gut syndrome), as well as the diagnoses of mineral deficiencies or imbalances, such as anemia, hypocalcemia, and conditions such as lazy stomach, liver and gallbladder inflammation, pancreatitis, irritable bowel (IBS, IBD), Crohn’s, other gastrointestinal conditions, even elevated cholesterol levels, anxiety, neurological disorders, and more (see chart).Gluten Duodenum Metabolic Interactions chart-Health, Disease Begin

The Duodenum’s Multi-Tasking

Following are a few of the many functional and biochemical tasks that a healthy and properly functioning duodenum is designed to complete.

Control of…

  • how much and how often food is released from the stomach for further digestion and absorption in the intestines (feelings of fullness or hunger).
  • bile release from the gallbladder and several other digestion-related liver functions (gallbladder and liver disorders). [1]
  • enzyme release from the pancreas (pancreatitis, [2] leaky gut syndrome).

Role in the…

  • control of insulin production (link between non-celiac and/or celiac gluten sensitivity and insulin dependent diabetes [type 1 diabetes]). [3]
  • iron [4] absorption (anemia, villus enterocytes). [5]
  • gastrointestinal circadian rhythm shifts. [6]

Absorption of…

  • calcium (calcium-magnesium imbalance, calcium phosphorus ratio imbalances, blood and tissue pH control failures). [7]
  • many other minerals and nutrients[8] (deficiencies).

Production of…

  • vitamin K (which then is stored in the pancreas and is responsible for calcium to remain in the bones and being kept out of the arteries!!). [9]

Attachment to the…

  • diaphragm via the ligament of Treitz, [10] (possibly leading to signs of shortness of breath, GERDs, [11] heartburn, tiredness, restless or light sleep, anxiety, etc.).
  • anterior lumbar spine (affects iliosacral alignment, sciatica, muscle weakness, ataxia, unstable gate).

The latter has led to recommendations to osteopaths, chiropractors, body workers and their patients to look for underlying celiac disease seen in an inflamed, bloated gut, overall puffiness and fluid retention whenever low back, [12] sacroiliitis, [13] and pelvic alignments “don’t hold” after repeat treatments.

Telling Intestinal Inflammation

A bloated tummy indicates intestinal inflammation. But, how do you tell?

Lie down flat on your back on a firm surface:

  • If you feel a bulge or tightness indicating the proverbial “beer-belly” or “spare tire” above the belly button: think insulin resistance: pancreas, liver and duodenum inflammation.
  • If you are able to jiggle your tummy below the belly button or experience bloating or gas on a fairly regular basis: think intestinal inflammation, leaky gut syndrome or other gastro-intestinal disorders such as underlying non-celiac and celiac gluten sensitivity.

Inflammation is the source of most aging disorders. Inflammation anywhere in the body causes an acidic environment and triggers the calcium buffering mechanism: calcium is forced to leech from bones and teeth into the blood stream in order to balance the pH value [alkalinity] and “dowse” the inflammation.

Leeched (free) calcium plays a major role in bone loss (osteoporosis), various forms of subsequent calcium build-up (arthritic changes [14]), heart disease (hardened arteries, high blood pressure / hypertension), GERD’s (gastric reflux symptoms [15]), brain fog, vision issues, [16] fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other conditions.

The “Proof is in the Pudding”

Need more “proof”? Gastric bypass surgery is offered to obese and diabetic patients. It “bypasses” part of the stomach, the duodenum, and part of the jejunum. 90 to 95% of the patients who undergo this procedure no longer show signs of diabetes – hypothetically, because the inflamed duodenum no longer gives off “wrong” signals.

On the other hand, after bariatric surgery the same mineral deficiencies show up that a celiac individual with heavy duodenum involvement typically would expect – hypothetically, due to the lack of duodenal absorption.

In typical and radical mainstream medicine manner, the most prominent problems are “cured” by eliminating the control switch, such as by surgically removing the duodenum’s ability to (mis-)control body biochemical functions.

It is baffling though that many health professionals neglect to prominently stress to those patients:

  1. that gastric and gastrointestinal inflammation can be avoided by following a non-inflammatory diet that excludes allergenic trigger foods.
  2. that even after gastric bypass surgery, they will have to change their food intake and food choices.

In short, our food choices and lifestyle directly determine health and function, or inflammation and dysfunction of the duodenum and its many control mechanisms.

In order to become proactive in disease prevention let’s start by acknowledging that most of us are bloated and show signs of gastro-intestinal inflammation.

Health-e-Solutions-Gut-Check-Health, Disease BeginHealth-e-Solutions comment: The Health-e-Solutions lifestyle is an excellent means by which to obtain nutrients for energy, repair and preserve proper bodily function while maintaining optimal #BloodSugarControl. However, some people who have additional complications related to gut health, food sensitivities and allergies and additional autoimmune diseases may need to go further to correct underlying causes. That is why we created this publication called, Gut Check – Healing the Epicenter of Chronic Disease.  In this downloadable, printable e-publication, we discuss potential problem areas and offer practical, natural solutions to improve health and diabetes control. Put your body in a position of strength by promoting, supporting and creating health. Get tools and solutions to help minimize consequences and maximize benefits for nutrition, environment, exercise, sleep and stress management.