Digestion & Absoption
Yes that's right, So if your digestive system isn't working well, is inflamed or you're suffering from Candida, leaky gut, IBS, Constipation or intestinal inflammatory bowel disorders then there's a high risk that you'll be more likely to get sick, suffer from allergies, food intolerance, and skin disorders.
It all starts in the Gut. Maintaining a healthy digestive system is key to overall health and vitality. We have about 100 trillion bacteria which is about 1.5 kilograms living in our intestinal tract. These bacteria help stimulate digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.
The right bacteria is necessary for proper nutrition and absorption. Digestive bacteria and enzymes break down foods into small molecules in the small intestines. These smaller molecules then enter the blood stream and go to where they are needed in the body.
As mentioned earlier, many conditions can affect this absorption of vitamins and minerals. The main culprits are: Candida Overgrowth
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Parasitic overgrowth or worms
Irritable bowel syndrome
Inflammatory bowel disease
Constipation or Diarrhoea
Some of the symptoms you may experience are: Low energy, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, Aching joints and muscles, brain fog and lack of concentration , diarrhea or constipation, gas or bloating, poor immune system, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, eczema or rosacea, sugar and carbohydrate cravings, autoimmune diseases, depression and anxiety.
The best way to heal and cure digestive issues is The 4 R's of healthy digestion.
1. Remove – The first step is to remove the stressors on the digestive tract, this can include removing foods and irritants which may be causing the irritation. Often this is done by allergy and sensitivity testing.
2. Replace - Replacing all the factors which may be lacking in the digestive system such as digestive enzymes, Hydrochloric acid, and bile.
3. Reinoculate – Refers to repopulating the good bacteria into the intestinal tract. This can be achieved with Probiotics and fermented foods.
4. Repair – The repair stage is where the thinning and inflamed intestinal wall is repaired. This is done using products like L – Glutamine, bone broths, slippery elm, aloe vera etc.
A Simple measure like correcting constipation is a step in the right direction. Ideally, we should have a bowel motion 1-3 times a day. You'll notice that dogs and babies do this but as we age and we put too much stress on our digestive system, it gets sluggish and slows down. The build up of toxins that then accumulate in our digestive tract can contribute to many of the symptoms above.
I'm a huge advocate of making sure you have a regular daily bowel motion for proper absorption of minerals and vitamins. Probiotics are also very useful to help restore the correct intestinal balance.
If you think you may have a digestive issue that you'd like help with, come in and see our Naturopath Yannick to work out the best treatment plan for you!