Digestion — The HUB of Everything
Do you suffer from irritable bowel, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or heartburn? If you said yes to any of those you have officially joined the club with over 5 million Canadians and counting that have digestive problems. 15 years ago, I was also part of that club also, not a fun club to be part of! I am happy to say that over ten years ago I left that club, and you can too!
Struggling with digestive concerns is not only inconvenient, but the random urgent washroom stops, clothes not fitting due to bloating, clearing rooms from gas and the uncomfortable nights of burning pain in your chest, is all just a pain in the gut (get it?). These issues also have a tremendously dangerous impact on your overall health. If you’ve ever heard me speak, I always say your digestive tract determines your quality of life.
Your digestive tract is the center of the universe, the hub of your entire body! It’s connected to every process and system that happens in your body. This is why when I treat people we always talk GUT health and typically start here.
Take the Quiz to Find Out if You Have a Leaky Gut
Let’s look closer at what functions our digestive tract plays:
This is what most of us think of when we think of our digestive tract. The gut’s main job is to break the food you eat into its very tiny individual components. It also separates out all the vitamins and minerals, moving everything across a thick cell layer (the barrier- Yes, it’s only one cell thick!)) into your bloodstream to deliver for the body to keep you healthy
2. Defense, On GUARD!
Your digestive system protects your entire body from the toxic outside world. It acts as a protective barrier, blocking all the wild and crazy things we ingest (foods, bacteria, allergens, toxins, parasites, and chemicals) from entering into our blood stream and causing damage. If this barrier is damaged, your immune system jumps into action producing inflammation throughout your entire body. This stimulates a cascade of unwanted health conditions such as allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer and more. This condition is called LEAKY GUT!
The digestive tract is a home to over five hundred different species and 3 pounds of bacteria. These bugs are critical; they help you digest your food, produce vitamins, remove toxins, regulate your hormones, immune system and brain chemicals. When you have too many bad bugs, yeast over growth or parasites you have what we call Dysbiosis. Dysbiosis leads to an imbalance of the good bacteria leading to poor health, depression, anxiety, hormone imbalance, and many more conditions.
4. BRAIN Power
Did you know you have more nerve endings and neurotransmitters in your digestive tract than your brain!! You produce 70% of your serotonin in your digestive tract. When you have poor digestive health the messages from your brain, and your gut become altered. Leading to poor mental health, depression, anxiety, ADHD, ADD, lack of focus, memory problems, etc.
Your digestive tract is responsible for the removal of toxins, hormones (estrogen) and all the byproducts that your liver dumps into it. When your bowels slow down, it leads to a toxic mess where you are absorbing and recycling garbage that should be removed, making you more toxic!
We need to protect this precious organ as much as we protect our heart and brain. The digestive tract determines your quality of life and is your first line of defense.
“You are not just what you eat; you are what you eat, break down, absorb and don’t eliminate.”
If you are suffering from any of those symptoms are have a condition that isn’t clearing up I would love to hear from you and help you on your health journey!
Additional testing for determining overall digestive health available at the clinic: Live Blood Cell Analysis and Indican testing
Restoring Digestive Function with the 5R Approach
1. REMOVE from the body:
- Inflammatory foods (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and sugar and sensitivities)
- Infections (parasites, yeast or bacteria)
- Gastric irritants like environmental toxins (chemicals, drugs or heavy metals)
2. REPLACE in the body:
- Healing foods
- Fill all nutrient deficiencies from poor diet, medication use, or disease process
3. REINOCULATE the digestive tract:
- Reinoculate the microbiome with prebiotics and probiotics to re-establish a healthy balance
4. REPAIR the digestive tract lining and the body:
- With a high nutrient, clean diet
- With nutritional and herbal supplements
5. REBALANCE the body:
- Exercise/movement & metabolism
- Ensure your medication is the right dose and working to correct the problem, not creating a bigger one
- These can all affect the GI tract, hormone balance, along with other systems in the body