Gut Health: Part 2 Stomach or Intestine?

How do you know if it is the small intestine or the stomach?


Well, this can be a challenge, but we can move in a direction to see which one it is. The easier way to determine is to see WHEN the symptoms happen. The problem with this approach is that most of us are Overfed and Over feeding too often. 


For years, the lie has been perpetuated that you need 5 small meals a day. That it keeps blood sugar stabilized and that it helps the gut “know how to work”


The truth,

if you read the series on Reactive Hypoglycemia, is that eating 5 small meals a day ruins insulin sensitivity and decreases the body’s ability to burn fat for fuel. The other truth;

  • It takes 4 hours for the stomach to empty. 
  • It takes 6-9 for the small intestine to empty
  • It takes 2-4 hours to transit in the colon. 

If you wake up at 6 and go to bed at 11 that isn’t enough time to eat 5 meals a day. 


 You need 20 hours of time to eat 5 small meals. 


Because your stomach needs to be empty before you add more to it. 


Because it has to rebuild the Acid required to break down food. 


Because if you don’t have the right amount of acid, you can not break the food down enough for the enzymes from the small intestine to work. 


When the enzymes don’t work properly, You get large food particles pressing against and tearing against the lining of the small intestine. When that happens, you get weakening of the lining of the small intestine and leaky gut. 


Notice at the TRUTH section that it takes 4 hours for the stomach to empty. This means that if you get pain in the first few hours after a meal it is the upper digestive system. The stomach, Gall bladder or liver. It is acid related or enzyme related. 


If you get beyond 4 hours and start having GI issues, it is likely small intestine. Common symptoms can be found in the previous blog, but bloating, gas, and undigested food parts are a big part of this. You can also see rashes, acne, and hair breakage. 


When you are ready to get help with the GI symptoms, Let’s have a chat about what’s happening and how we can fix that…


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