Apple pectin is a dietary fiber contained in apples and harmonizes the intestinal environment.
At the time of constipation, apple pectin softens the stool and encourages the bowel movement.
At the time of diarrhea, apple pectin protects the inside of intestines not to damage.
The best method to eat apples to harmonize intestinal environment is…
Cutting an apple with the skin into round slices (Fig. 1).
Why cutting an apple with the skin into round slices is good?
Because apple pectin is rich between the skin and the flesh, it is important to eat an apple including the skin.
Cutting into round slices makes it easier to eat the skin and enables to eat near the core of the apple.
Other nutrition like polyphenol or vitamin E is rich around the skin, so it is better to eat an apple with the skin.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is leakage of toxins in the intestine and causes various symptoms. It is said that Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is caused by imbalanced life style like imbalanced dietary habit.
LGS happens in the small intestine. The small intestine breaks down the food and absorbs the nutrition.
The intestinal wall prevents the leakage of the substances in the intestine to the blood vessel. There are intestinal bacteria and toxins in the intestine. Normally the toxins are excreted with stools.
But if the inflammation of the intestine happens, a part of the intestinal wall becomes weak, causing leakage of toxins to the blood vessel. The leaked toxins are delivered to all over the body through the blood and cause various symptoms. (Fig. 1 and 2)
LGS can be a cause of serious diseases such as asthma, diabetes, stroke, septicemia.
2 methods to improve LGS
According to a research paper presented in US, a substance contained a lot in vinegar activates the cells in the intestine and prevents LGS.
According to an article in The Journal of Nutrition, a substance contained in vinegar enhances the barrier function of the intestinal membrane.
The substance contained in vinegar is Short Chain Fatty Acid, which is a kind of nutrition necessary to keep intestinal flora clean.
Any kinds of vinegar contain short chain fatty acid and can be expected to be effective.
2. Dietary fiber
Another method to increase short chain fatty acid is eating a lot of vegetables (dietary fibers).
When dietary fibers go into the intestine, they are broken down, fermented by intestinal bacteria and transformed into short chain fatty acids.
But it has not been researched yet that how much vinegar and dietary fiber should be taken to improve LGS.
A 53 years old woman who is suspected to have LGS and whose amount of toxins in the blood is 0.2 (Guide line: less than 0.1) attended an experiment. She has persistent constipation.
Potato contains water soluble dietary fibers which is easy to be transformed into short chain fatty acid. Water soluble dietary fibers are contained in sticky vegetables such as sea vegetables, yam, avocado, okura.
After she tried to take vinegar and dietary fibers as much as possible for 5 days, she had a blood test to check the amount of toxins in her blood. The amount of toxins in her blood decreased from 0.2 to 0.16.
Taking too much vinegar can cause to gastrointestinal disorder so it is important to take proper amount of vinegar.
Continuing taking vinegar and dietary fibers for a long period of time leads to the improvement of LGS.
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