“THE WAY TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH IS THROUGH YOUR GUT”
Optimal digestion is one of the most important among the 4 Pillars of Health. By Optimal Digestion we mean to say that it should be capable of breaking down of food and assimilation of nutrients and energy substrates. Digestion and assimilation demand optimal levels of hydrochloric acid, bile and enzymes in the stomach, liver and intestines respectively. Shortage of any one of these components in your digestive tract can take a toll on your body. So good health is not just about eating healthy but it is also about proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients present in the food.
Gut refers to the Gastro-intestinal tract starting from mouth to anus along with other organs like liver, gall bladder and pancreas, which aids in digestion and assimilation of food. Our digestive tract is exposed to food, bacteria, virus and other environmental toxins like pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals on daily basis. The exposure to environmental toxins has increased many folds in the past two to three decades, which is equally proportionate to the occurrence of chronic diseases. Digestive disorders are the most common problems for which people give a visit to the physician. But this kind of treatment only suppresses the symptoms relating to digestive disorders like constipation, gas, bloating, acid reflux and belching (burping).
Most people are not aware that the afore told symptoms can be just the tip of the iceberg and that there are many chronic symptoms, which can lead to a myriad of health issues such as allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, mood disorders, intolerances, autism and more.
So when it comes to wellness, digestive health is of great importance. A healthy digestive tract determines the kind of nutrients that are absorbed and the types of toxins, allergens and microbes that are filtered out. Therefore, on the whole it is directly linked to the health of an organism.
Billions of bacteria reside in our intestine from the time of birth and it keeps growing as we feed ourselves. Healthy food develops the right kind of useful bacteria in our gut and bad food does the opposite. These bacteria act as chemical factories to help us digest food, produce vitamins, regulate hormones, and excrete toxins. Bacteria also produce short chain fatty acids that act as anti cancer, anti inflammatory, anti microbial agents and become majorly responsible for our immune system regulation.
The healthy and bad bacteria live in tandem with each other, but due to certain reasons the bad ones outgrow the good one, thereby making the person prone to bacterial, fungal or parasitic infestations.
The major five reasons for digestive disorders are:
. Low fibre, high sugar, processed food and high calorie diet can promote the growth of bad bacteria in gut
. Overuse of antibiotics can damage good bacteria
. Overuse of painkillers, steroids and acid blockers can damage intestinal lining and reduce or block normal digestive functions
. Stress can directly impact the flow of digestive juices and increase inflammation in the gut
. Alcohol and smoking can directly damage the intestinal lining and decrease pancreatic functions. It might also suppress HCL secretion that acts as a barrier to many microbes and aids in digestion.
Are you suffering from any one of the symptoms mentioned below?
– Gas or Bloating after meals
– Acid Reflux or heartburn
– Belching (burping)
– Excess stomach fullness after meals
– Bad breath
– Coated tongue
– Bitter taste in mouth, especially after meals
– Food allergies
– Sinus infections
– Craving for certain food
– Fungal or yeast infections
– Greasy or loose stools
– Airborne or skin allergies
If your answer is a ‘Yes’, then you should consider getting your GI (Gastro-intestinal) tract thoroughly assessed. We at RH+ help you to find out the root cause of your GI issue with the help of nutrition and lifestyle modification. Occasionally in stubborn cases we take the help of Functional Diagnostic Testing Tool called ‘Comprehensive Stool Analysis’ from one of the top laboratories in USA, which gives us better insight about the GI tract.