The gut to muscle connection, or what the body builder can learn from autism's leaky gut

The gut to muscle connection

The autistic spectrum gut is inflamed they have found in the pathology studies and there appears that there is a mutually amplified feedback loop between gut inflammation and constipation or diarrhea, reflux, increased intestinal issues and nitric oxide (or we'll call it NO) that are very similar to colitis. Plasma nitrite + nitrate levels correlate with leaky gut. More reasons why I recommend reducing this from you and your child's diet. The young gut is so sensitive, and the spectrum gut is uniquely sensitive. Too much of this NO can deplete antioxidant defense, depress the levels of GSH (glutathione) which means that the increase in NO binds the GSH so that it cannot support the system.

If you think about this more deeply like a trainer, NO increases exercise induced vasodilation (widening blood vessels) as well as cell volumization (fill the balloon with water and you increase its capacity) by routing water and nutrients preferentially to the muscle cell elsewhere. Cell volume is critical for getting amino acids inside the cell. Those amino acids are so important, along with essential fatty acids, phospholipids (such as lecithin), vitamins (especially certain B vitamins), antioxidants and micronutrients (especially zinc) in maintaining the integrity of the intestine's leak-proof lining. And of course we now know that with NO synthesis blocked you have greatly reduced gains in muscle mass. I know a lot of people have heard in the spectrum circle of "low muscle tone". And there was a great quote on a website I saw recently that said:
"Your kid seems perfectly good with their muscles - they are strong, they run round with boundless energy, but they have trouble doing things. You have likely been given the standard explanation about your kid's muscles being floppy and you just cannot see it in your kid."
That is because of this NO synthesis being blocked is giving you floppy muscles... yes that is right. It's a true story.

There are a few very essential items that you can do to really support yourself if you have leaky gut, or to support your child. Or even to make sure that you are getting the best results for your daily workout.

First you want to make sure that you are detoxifying. Without the support of your glutathione you can't support the rest of the system. The glutathione support gut immunity, and so I recommend two items. First off getting nutrition daily is key, and for many of us that comes in the daily green smoothie or protein shake. I also use essential oils, morning lemon water, and I use a detoxifying calcium bentonite clay every day and with my daughter, and zeolite supplement with our morning and evening routines.

Then make sure you are getting the prebiotic and probiotic support in your system every single evening even if your shake has them added in as well. The evening is the best time for this because that's when the body repairs. I have a time released probiotic that I use as well as I have a soil based protiotic clay tablet that I use in my filtered water bottle. Probiotics are often just recommend for folks who are in need of an after-antibiotic treatment regimen, or who feel like a boost would be beneficial. But we could all use this, as well as looking for those dairy-free and gluten-free encapsulated formulas and soluble fiber that encourages culture adhesion and growth past the stomach acid stage of digestion.

Also consider your diet when you are looking at gut health. Pinworms and other parasites are very very common, and people don't even realize they have them. Probiotics are a natural protection against harmful organisms like pinworms. Besides probiotics eating raw fruit and vegetables, especially those with strong digestive enzymes like papaya and pineapple, are fantastic. Garlic, ginger, turmeric, and sprouts are all also great foods that parasites do not like because of the ph balancing aspect to your environment. Of course parasites like pinworms thrives on dairy, gluten, sugar, chemical additives, and meat.  So if you have to eat meat make sure you you are totally uncured, no nitrite or nitrates and cook it well enough to kill any parasites.

Avoid toxins, which means eating organically. Use healthy, non-toxic cleaning products. I mainly make my own with my essential oils, or I buy them from sustainable, non-toxic companies. Stay away from the drive through food stores, and then at home stay away from highly heated greasy items. I use coconut oil or algae oil and rarely cook at a very high heat. I want those nutrients, and so does your body.

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