Gut Overview

The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the Mouth to the Anus. These include; Mouth, Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, and Anus. The Liver, Pancreas, and Gallbladder are the solid organs of the digestive system.

Gut Connection Overview;

  • Imagine the most beautiful ecosystem of a river you have ever seen, teeming with life and full of biodiversity. This river not only supplies life to all of the species inside of it, but is a life source to the nature that surrounds it.
  • This river, like any other flows in only one direction, however if this river’s ecology is dampened by pollution, if enough debris builds up, or if by chance something were to build a dam, we can then start to see the water back-flow. Imagine the back-flow creating stagnant areas of water where things can fester and unwanted species can overpopulate.
  • Worse yet; the denial of water flowing downstream could drastically reduce the biodiversity of the entire river, creating a ripple effect in the ecosystem, damaging species we may not even realize are there.
  • The river we speak of is our gastrointestinal (GI) tract (from mouth to anus). This GI tract is one long connected tube and much like a river, it feeds and provides vital nutrients to the rest of the body with unimaginable benefits, imperative to our survival.
  • Just like a real river, in the 21st Century, our GI tract river can get contaminated with foreign toxemias or morbid matter, or can be used as a garbage dump, and blocked by various methods.
  • All of this can lead to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and/or Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS).
  • Let’s discuss how the AHC team is taking a holistic approach through our wellness programs to help your GI tract come back to life and once again provide life to the rest of your body.
  • IBS/SIBO/SIMO Overview;

  • What is SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a Disorder we are increasingly hearing about. With about 70% of adults living with IBS, such diseases of the digestive tract are running rampant. Many of those (38%+ as estimated in a 2020 study) with IBS do not realize that they may actually have SIBO or what might be a more accurate term SIMO (Small Intestinal Microbial Overgrowth). This is a more accurate term because there is much more than just bacteria back flowing into the small intestine from the large intestine. SIMO is an overgrowth/over-inoculation of colonic (large intestinal) microbes which travels up to the small intestine. Our digestive tract is a large, tortuous tube from mouth-to-anus which is compartmentalized into different sections which perform different functions. All of these functions flow in a single direction, much like the healthy flowing river we mentioned at the beginning, making their way down from mouth to anus.
  • Digestive System Overview;

  • In our mouth, digestive enzymes (salivary amylase and lipase) help begin the digestive process, as do our teeth enables the process of mastication, which break food into smaller particles.
  • We then swallow food to pass it through the esophagus. Where a small door, called the esophageal sphincter, opens allowing our bite/ bolus of food to pass through the esophagus to the stomach.
  • Once in the stomach, our hydrochloric/stomach acid helps break foods further apart to prepare for absorption. Our stomach then passes the food through the next door/ pyloric sphincter to enable it to make its way to the small intestine for absorption.
  • About 28% of our intestinal bacteria resides in the small intestine. This is a type of absorptive bacteria, which facilitates further digestion. Once we have absorbed what we can in the small intestine, whatever is left over and has not been digested passes through the last “door” called the Ileocaecal Valve/sphincter to the large intestine, where it is estimated that 70%+ of our intestinal bacteria reside.
  • This is a special type of bacteria which facilitates digestion through fermentation and the rest undergoes putrefaction (process of decaying matter inside the body.) Although there is a large focus on bacteria here, it should be noted that there are many types of microbes here: fungi, archaea, viruses, protozoa and possibly many more that feeds & facilitates these processes. It is here where a majority of our post-fermentation metabolites and putrefaction ie, toxemias & gas are produced.
  • Whatever is leftover after digestion, like (toxemias, gas or digestive by-products aka stool) are passed through the anus. All of this sounds great and streamlined until something causes a back-up. Once this takes place, some of the “doors” can begin malfunctioning allowing back-flow (remember, digestion should be a one way river, ie. mouth to anus).

    SIBO/SIMO Symptoms;

  • In SIBO/SIMO, colonic/ large intestinal microbes make their way back or upward to the small intestines and begin fermenting partially digested food particles, creating a large build up of gas, which does not have an exit route as it does when created in the large intestine, also some of the undigested foods start decaying here, producing high amounts of toxemias which cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • When this happens, exaggerated toxic gas, bloating, bad breath and discomfort are felt. Many with SIBO/SIMO show an increase in stomach size and with passing time, their tammy looks like 6-9 months pregnant women. With every bit of food or sip of a beverage more bloating occurs.
  • Our Plant Based Approach;

    Why would we recommend a 100% plant-based approach to SIMO/IBS?

    • This may seem counterproductive for so many people whose bodies are inflicted with lots of toxins, because fiber & other natural organic foods can irritate an already toxic & damaged gut. Please note that; Fiber & other natural organic foods do NOT IRRITATE a healthy gut. The only reason plant foods irritate one’s GI tract, is because of the damage already done to the GI and gut microbiome by the toxemias that continue to accumulate in the gut.
    • “The question then becomes ‘How do you fix the damage done?’”

    • This question usually has more than one answer, but one of the answers will definitely be The Original Diet for humans , which is a plant based diet. Plants (starchy vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, sea vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, seeds and fermented plant foods) will contain the building blocks, not just for your human tissue, but for the TRILLIONS of microbes in your body.

    Your Gut Connection Program Overview;

    • We have designed the first 100% plant based SIBO/IBS program that will cater for your detoxification and cell nourishment needs, it has 6 phases used to incorporate healthy fiber rich foods while eliminating the true risk associated with eating unnatural foods.
    • The AHC wellness program is accessed at our center or online from anywhere you have the internet, and gives you healthy living guides, special meal suggestions, personalized food journel, recipes for each phase, and access to an online AfroWellness private groups with expert help 24/7.
    • In the private group you get access to our experts, educational posts, handouts to use for everyday success, bi-weekly zoom/ live cooking demos, bi-weekly live educational Q&As, and special guest speakers.
  • Detailed Meal Plans; Each phase of the SIBO well program includes personalized detailed meal plans and nutritional routines which support the specific goal of the phase you are in. Each meal plan has been specially formulated by the our Gut Connection Colonics team.
  • Gut Healing Recipes; Consistency with this wellness program is essential which is why the our Gut Connection Colonics team has put so much effort into assembling recipes that are delicious, nutritionally compliant with each phase in the program, and simple to make at home.
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  • The contents of this website, blogs, and the newsletter are gleaned from our experiences and observations as natural healers or natural therapist practitioners, they’re meant only for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice, consultations, or treatment of any kind.
  • We recommend you see your professional health care provider if you suspect you have an illness or disease of any kind. We are not medically trained from the conventional schools of medicine, but we practice alternative medicine for herbal products & food supplements. Please, we don’t imply that we know what is best for someone else’s body or overall health, ultimately each of us is the only one who knows what’s best for us.
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