Optimal gastrointestinal health is a significant determinant of overall wellness and immunity. Your mouth is the gatekeeper of your gut and often times is the mirror of health and disease in your body. A mounting amount of research-based evidence points to an association between gut imbalances and diseases that were not previously believed to have a connection to the gut, such as respiratory allergies, asthma, and eczema. Intestinal dysbiosis has been established as a causative factor in many autoimmune issues and other chronic diseases.
Reactions to foods can also cause problems far from the gut, including headaches and migraines, as well as rashes and eczema, and even joint discomfort. Not well understood, this gut/food-headache connection may be attributed to heightened IgG antibody activity that results in an inflammatory response. Probiotics and prebiotics appear to help offset this. In addition, a food elimination protocol can be utilized, which is followed by reintroducing each food and observing for any symptom flare-up in the one to two days that follow. Dietary components that may be considered for elimination include caffeine, MSG, cocoa, aspartame, cheese, citrus, and nitrates, for up to six weeks.
In people with celiac disease (an autoimmune condition) and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) has been noted after consuming gluten. Celiac disease and NCGS often present with other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, epilepsy, infertility, depression, and tooth enamel defects; as well as fatigue, headache, joint pain, skin rash, and mood disorders.
Who knew the gut had such a strong impact on other parts of the body!? The optimal approach to health is reducing inflammation by supporting the gut bacteria with pre- and/or pro-biotics, improving nutritional status with an Omaha holistic dentist. These steps can help reduce immune activation… and therefore improve oral health too.