Gastro-Intestinal Health and You!

The Holiday season is finally here, and though most of us want to finish off every last goodie that the holiday baking season brings us we also know that our stomachs can only handle so much of that sweet goodness. Almost everyone can attest to having a friend or family gathering, where let’s face it, we just ate way too much. The end result was a horrible stomach ache, groaning, grunting and swearing off pecan pie for eternity (well, at least till next year). It may start with some bloating and then the overwhelming feeling of fullness. Then comes the other unpleasant sensations that usually follow. The tummy starts to grumble and then you know that your bowels are either going to be a bit loose or a bit backed up.

Our intestinal health is one of the big keys to what is our natural immunity and health. Admittedly doctors focus a lot on this, but not enough. Because when we are not processing our food properly this can be the beginning of other underlining health problems. Most people have heard about leaky gut. Leaky gut is when large particles of food or other foreign substances cross the barrier from the intestines into our bodies. Once in our bodies they create a strong reaction that causes our immune system to attack those particles and sometime areas of our body that may look like or resemble the particles. This is a theory in the autoimmune like disorders and diseases. Another problem is that if our gut isn’t working very well then our hormones don’t get processed out properly and we may end up with a buildup of only one type of hormone. Any imbalances in our hormones can lead to serious and unpleasant side effects.

The side effects of a gastro-intestinal system not functioning properly are:

  • Nutritional deficiencies, since vitamins and minerals are not absorbed properly
  • Fatigue, weakness and dizziness
  • Yeast infection and over growth
  • Anxiety from hormone imbalance
  • Impaired immune function since the body is already fighting something
  • Skin rashes due to decreased immune function
  • Flatulence and bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Headaches from hormonal imbalances

This may sound like a lot of people you personally know or you yourself. The basic health of the GI system is not often talked about, but it is very important.

A few basic steps to improving the health of you and your gut include:

  • Food Allergy testing
  • Decrease of refined sugar in your diet
  • Healthy enzymes like glutamine that your doctor can give you to help heal the GI tract
  • Probiotic at a dose strong enough to replace your depleted flora
  • Adding in High in Fiber foods is also an excellent way to improve your GI health

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