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Today, we discuss how gluten affects digestion and absorption of nutrients. Gluten disrupts both structures and functions of the digestive system so it is important to understand how the digestive system works and the symptoms that will result when it dysfunctions.
A friend recently told me, “Calories in calories out. It’s simple math.”
It’s simple math minus food sensitivities, inflammation and malabsorption. If any of these exist, the math goes out the window and nothing about our diet, digestion, weight or nutritional status will seem to make sense.
To make sense of the mess, we created a section on the Health Guide that completely describes the parts of the digestive system and explains how they work and how gluten damages each structure and function. A list of the symptoms caused by nutrient deficiencies is provided. This is important because identifying nutrient deficiencies based on symptoms will tell you which part of the digestive tract may be impacted.
This category comprises disorders of the mouth that involve damage to its tissues and/or impairment of its function to receive and begin digestion through tearing, grinding, and chewing it by the teeth while mixing with saliva to begin the chemical breakdown needed to dissolve and dilute food for proper swallowing….
This category comprises disorders of the esophagus that result from malnutrition, the toxic effect of gluten causing inflammation of the lining, dysfunctional neuromuscular action, the effect of autoimmune diseases, and cancer… Read More »
This category comprises disorders of the large intestine that involve 1) damage to its tissue, 2) impairment of its function to absorb water from stool and change it from a liquid to a solid form and expulsion of waste, and/or 3) derangement of its microbiota and their function to ferment undigested matter with production of important nutrients such as short chain fatty acids and vitamins.
The large intestine is the part of the intestinal tract that includes the appendix, cecum, colon (ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid), and rectum. It is 5 feet long…. Read More »
This category comprises disorders of the pharynx that involve damage to its tissue due to malnutrition, autoimmune attack, or malignancy. The pharynx is the area behind the mouth that serves as a passage for food from the mouth to the esophagus and for air from the nose and mouth to the larynx, or voice box….
This category comprises disorders of the stomach that involve damage to any of its layers or impairment of its functions due to malnutrition, infection, immune mechanisms, and malignancy.
The stomach is located in the upper abdomen attached to the esophagus above and the small intestine below. This form changing muscular sac acts as a holding tank for incoming food while powerful muscles churn and strong acid dissolves and breaks it down into a liquid state before passing it into the small intestine. The stomach begins the digestion of fats and protein….
This category comprises disorders of the larynx that involve damage to its tissue and/or impairment of its function to swallow and produce speech due to malnutrition and the effect of systemic disease.
The larynx, also called the voice box, is a muscular organ made up of nine cartilages located below the mouth at the upper end of the windpipe in the throat. While swallowing, food is passed safely from the mouth through the throat into the esophagus by the automatic covering of the glottis (opening to the windpipe) with the epiglottis flap in the larynx….
This category comprises disorders of the small intestine involve damage to any of its layers and structures or impairment of its functions due to malnutrition, hormonal imbalance, immune mechanisms, and malignancy. The small intestine is the abdominal organ where most digestion occurs. It measures about 20 feet and includes the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum….