Understanding the ICV

The power, purpose and impact of the (virtually unknown) Ileocecal Valve.

The ileocecal valve (ICV) is located between the small and large intestines, and is under nerve control. This valve holds material in the small intestine until digestion is complete.  Most food absorption takes place in the small intestine and the resulting material waste is removed via the ileocecal valve into the large intestine.

When your ICV fails to open properly, waste material will remain in the small intestine too long. Because most food is absorbed there, the body may absorb toxic waste material and make your entire system toxic. When your body is toxic, the weakest parts in your systems, organs, and muscles become more susceptible to problems. This is why so many varied symptoms can arise from a closed ICV.

There are several steps required to return the ICV to normal function. It is important to find and correct any areas of nerve dysfunction and to employ precautions to avoid re-irritation. Patients with a closed ICV should follow dietary recommendations below and supplement your system with calcium and/or vitamin D.

AVOID:

  • Chocolate, coffee, carbonated beverages (beer, pop, carbonated water), alcohol
  • Electric blankets, electric heating pads, electric water bed heaters

EMBRACE:

  • WATER! Drink (8-10 glasses per day)
  • FRUITS + VEGETABLES
  • EGGS (1-2 per day between and 6 and 10 am, preferably antibiotic and hormone free)

Eggs are 88% simple protein, which is much easier to absorb and utilize than the more complex proteins from other sources. We need a protein that is easy to assimilate to aid in regeneration and regulation. Also, eggs help to rebuild the mucous membranes in the body, and also contain lecithin, which aids in cholesterol breakdown.

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