Are you one of the millions of people suffering from digestive problems such as bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, acid reflux, heartburn or gut candida?
Experiencing digestive problems is a signal that your body cannot get the nutrients it needs for strong immunity and brain health.
While mainstream medicine would have us rushing off to get prescription drugs, body ecology has an alternative solution: healing your digestion.
Digestive problems left untreated can lead to more problems such as fatigue, memory issues or depression, weight gain, water retention, skin conditions and weak immune defences.
Moreover, they can also cause general aches and pains, food intolerance, bad breath, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and back pain.
Common digestive problems
Constipation: Constipation is an indicator that there is a problem with the elimination of the waste products of metabolism. This most often occurs when the colon can’t pass freely or move stools through the digestive tract.
Experiences may include abdominal pain and bloating as well as fatigue and acne and it can leave you feeling toxic, lethargic and headachy.
Food Intolerance: Food intolerance occurs when the digestive system cannot tolerate certain foods, affecting the digestive system.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): A common intestinal disorder, which affects the colon and may cause abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea. IBS symptoms can be treated by changing eating habits, minimising stress and making lifestyle changes.
Candida / Thrush: Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast and a very small amount is found in our mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid digestion and nutrient absorption, but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine, penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into the body causing a leaky gut, vaginal infections, oral thrush, skin rash and nail bed infections.
The most common species of candida is called Candida albicans.
Parasites: All mammals, including us, have parasites, which when in balance, do not pose too much of a problem.
However, when we get an imbalance of parasites, our health can decline dramatically with an array of nasty symptoms such as a fuzzy head, headaches, bloating, teeth grinding, abdominal pain, fatigue, feeling stuck to the bed in the morning, joint pain, IBS symptoms, increased appetite, itchy bottom, ears and nose picking.
Bloating: Bloating can be connected with the feeling of tightness, and fullness in the abdomen. Some people can also experience pain, flatulence, burping or belching, and abdominal rumbling.
The good news is that you can balance your digestive health!
Following a healthy diet is key to healing the digestive tract.
There are some simple steps you can take each time you sit down for a meal that will go a long way to making you feel your best.
The food and drinks that you put in your mouth, eventually end up in your intestines. Food generally takes 6 to 8 hours to pass through, but it passes through very quickly, you may suffer from diarrhoea, or very slowly, you may suffer from constipation.
Unlikely with diarrhoea, where you are not absorbing water or nutrients as you should do, with constipation, the food is sitting around too long whilst the waste putrefies, just like when you leave food out in the kitchen.
Strong digestion is key to Health and Longevity.
Causes of digestive problems
- Emotional imbalances such as anxiety, stress, depression, fear, anger.
- Processed food, fast food.
- Drinking too much whilst eating.
- Food intolerance.
- Swallowing excess air.
- Drinking excessive coffee or tea.
- Excessive fatty or spicy foods.
- Drinking excessive alcohol.
- Exercising with a full stomach.
- Not following the 3-hour guideline between eating and going to bed.
Signs of poor digestion
- Bad breath and body odour.
- Feeling sleepy after meals.
- Stomach pains or cramps.
- Undigested food in stools.
- Feeling bloated.
- Acne or other skin conditions.
- Candida overgrowth.
- Food Intolerances.
- Waking up tired and feeling lethargic.
What else can affect your gut?
Antibiotics: Antibiotics can have a disastrous effect on your digestion. The antibiotics destroy the good bacteria in the digestive tract that have taken a lifetime to build up. It is important to rebalance your gut flora with probiotics after every course of antibiotics.
Negative emotions: Phobias, anxiety, depression, negative thoughts, traumas, stress and irrational fears are present in nearly everyone. Most of these unconscious issues can be traced back to the first time the person experienced a negative situation whilst leaving a negative imprint on the mind. Negative thoughts weaken our body.
We may ’forget’ an individual stressful incident but our bio-computer stores the information and remembers the stress every time we encounter a similar situation. The result is a cumulative effect that leads to our being in stress (distress) almost continually.
While the serotonin in your brain regulates mood, in the gut, it promotes the growth of nerve cells and alerts the immune system to foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria.
Serotonin also keeps the two systems in constant communication, so when stress hits, it’s no wonder your stomach starts to churn or that digestive problems make you depressed and anxious.
Emotional upsets can be the cause of your digestive problems.
“Your gut is quite literally your second brain, as they originate from the same type of tissue. Your gut and your brain work in tandem, each influencing each other. And this is why your intestinal health can have such a profound influence on your mental health, and vice versa”
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