Jan 032011
 

About the Central Role of the Duodenum

I have mentioned it before but it might not hurt seeing it in writing again…

  •  How well our digestion works determines how well our body and brain function.
  • The mucous lining in our intestines hosts the majority of our body’s lymph and immune system cells. This directly affects toxin drainage and defense from communicable diseases.
  • Inflammation anywhere in the body causes an acidic environment and triggers the calcium buffering mechanism: Calcium is forced to leach from bones and teeth into the blood stream in an attempt to balance the pH value.
  • Leached calcium plays a major role in bone loss (osteoporosis), calcium build-ups, heart disease (hardened arteries, high blood pressure / hypertension), various forms of arthritis, brain fog, vision issues, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions.

The first part of the small intestines following the stomach is the duodenum. A healthy and properly functioning duodenum…   

attaches to the…

  • anterior lumbar spine SI region (!!!).—To all osteopaths, chiropractors, body workers: you cannot expect a structurally stable low back and pelvic region until the gut is free of inflammation!
  • diaphragm (via the ligament of Treitz), possibly leading to signs of shortness of breath, GERDS, heartburn, tiredness, restless or light sleep, anxiety, etc.

controls…

  • how much and how often food is released from the stomach for absorption in the intestines.
  • bile release from gallbladder and prompts several other digestion-related liver functions.
  • enzyme release from the pancreas.

plays a role in the…

  • control of insulin production.

absorbs…

  • calcium and a majority of all other minerals and nutrients.

produces…

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

and…, and…, and…

Any or all of this does not function if we experience chronic or acute inflammation, bloating, dysbiosis (leaky gut syndrome), etc. or have been diagnosed with lazy stomach, irritable bowel (IBS, IBD), Crohn’s, GSE (gluten sensitive enteropathy), Celiac Disease (CD), or other gastrointestinal conditions.

The “Proof is in the Pudding”

After bariatric surgery (bypasses the duodenum and part of the jejunum) 90 to 95% of the patients no longer show signs of diabetes but suffer from the same mineral deficiencies a celiac would typically expect due to inability of duodenal absorption.

If you experience bloating or gas on a fairly regular basis or carry the proverbial “beer-belly” or a “spare tire” it is time to consult your doctor or a well qualified natural medicine professional.

 Posted by at 12:06 PM