Gut health plays a critical role in our ability to anti-inflame, detoxify and heal our bodies. Poor gut health is often a contributing factor in many chronic health conditions, including food allergies, eczema, autism, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Issues, IBS, asthma, celiac disease, diabetes, and auto immunity.
One key to healing the gut is repairing the intestinal mucosal lining, the innermost layer of the gastrointestinal tract that serves as a selectively permeable barrier, helping to establish normal gut flora so nutrients can be absorbed. It also helps to secrete waste and block pathogens from entering our system.
The intestinal mucosa serves as a barrier between pathogens, such as such as microorganisms, toxins, and antigens, and the epithelial layer of the small intestine. As such, it helps to prevent large particles from contacting the epithelial cell layer while allowing small molecules to pass. The mucus also facilitates passage of the luminal contents along the length of the intestines,
In addition to its protective function, the intestinal mucosa supports the optimal environment for healthy gut flora which is necessary to feed the cells of the intestinal lining, known as enterocytes. In turn, the enterocytes are responsible the selective uptake of beneficial nutrients, making it critical for proper digestion and assimilation.
The intestinal mucosa also plays a key role in helping the body maintain optimal immune function as it contains several immune antibodies known as immunoglobulins, like sIgA, IgA, IgG and IgM. In fact, damage to the mucosal barrier often correlates with high or low immunoglobulin reactivity to specific food proteins.
How Intestinal Mucosa Gets Damaged
The following factors may contribute to inflammation that damages the intestinal mucosa:
- Food Allergies
- Heavy Metals
- Gluten Intolerance
- Inadequate Diet
When the intestinal mucosa is damaged it can then throw off the healthy balance of gut flora, leading to inflammation in the gut. This inflammation, commonly known as leaky gut, then allows a river of toxicity flowing from the gut into the body, including organs like the skin (contributing to eczema), the lungs (contributing to asthma), and the brain (contributing to brain fog, dementia, autism, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Issues, auto immunity) to name a few.
To stop the river of toxicity from flowing, you need to address the root cause – seal and heal the gut.
Repair Intestinal Mucosa to Heal and Seal the Gut
To heal and seal the gut, it is important to reduce gut inflammation.
This often includes a diet that eliminates inflammatory foods, like grains and dairy and adds in healing foods and probiotics. An important addition to this protocol is to consider healing the intestinal mucosal lining as it helps provide the ideal internal environment to balance of flora and feed the cells of the intestinal lining, known as enterocytes.
Healthy Intestinal Mucosa helps to re-establish the healthy balance of gut flora necessary to re-colonize and heal the gut! Think of the intestinal mucosa offers the fertile soil in which the flora can grow, providing raw materials for healthy new enterocytes to grow, replacing compromised “leaky gut” cells and healing and sealing the gut lining.
Interestingly, Natasha Campbell-McBride notes that the blood-brain barrier is made out of the same cells and flora as the gut wall and the blood-brain barrier also renews itself all the time.
Essential Oils to Heal and Seal the Gut
INTESTINAL MUCOSA™ is designed to gently permeate topically through the skin to regenerate and heal the mucosal lining of the small intestine to increase optimal nutrient absorption and support healthy microbiome and the healing of food intolerances and Leaky Gut conditions. It is ideal for food intolerances, leaky gut, chronic pain and fatigue, auto-immune conditions or any kind of chronic intestinal issues.
To use, apply 2- 3 drops of INTESTINAL MUCOSA™ in a clockwise circle around the belly button 2 -3 times daily. Topical application is a powerful tool for anyone with impaired digestion who might struggle to digest, absorb and assimilate nutrients via the digestive process. Highly sensitive people who often cannot tolerate dietary supplements, can use essential oils without negative reaction.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY™ may be used to reduce inflammation and encourage regeneration in the chronically inflamed tissue of the small intestine. Chronic prolonged inflammation can silently damage tissues. It is often low-grade and systemic and can exist undetected for years without noticeable symptoms, all the while damaging the gut and the brain. To apply, gently massage 2 – 3 drops of ANTI-INFLAMMATORY™to any inflamed area of the body. For the small intestine, rub clockwise around the belly button 2-3 times daily.
PARASYMPATHETIC™ Impaired digestion can contribute to inflammation. One of the most important elements of healing the gut is to eat in the optimal rest and digest Parasympathetic state. The Parasympathetic state also sends increased blood flow to the Small Intestine, allowing for healing of the intestinal wall and optimal enzymatic activity and nutrient assimilation. The parasympathetic state also activates the beneficial effects of the probiotic bacteria in the gut and triggers peristalsis, the muscle contractions that move food and waste through the digestive tract, known as the “Housekeeping Wave”. A lack of motility can lead to dysbiosis (a microbial imbalance), including small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). To trigger the Parasympathetic state, apply a drop of PARASYMPATHETIC™ to the vagus nerve (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone) before meals.