Gateway To Your Gut Health – Your Digestive System
The health of your digestive system is directly linked to your immune system and central to your overall health. Symptoms or conditions that seemingly appear unrelated may stem from an unhealthy digestive system, therefore understanding and knowing how to look after your system is crucial to achieving optimal health.
What Is The Digestive System?
Your digestive system comprises a group of organs that work together to convert the food you eat into energy and nutrients. In turn, this allows your body to function, grow and repair.
The organs in this system include mouth and salivary glands, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gall bladder and pancreas.
Happy Gut = Good Health
Stomach pain, gas, bloating and diarrhea are common and obvious symptoms of an unhappy digestive system, but what if we told you that hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea and other chronic health problems may also stem from an unhealthy gut?
The Good Gut Bacteria
The health of your gut determines what nutrients are absorbed and what toxins and waste are left out. Your gut is home to a plethora of bacteria that not only helps with digestion but also regulates hormones, excretes toxins, produces vitamins and other healing compounds to keep you healthy. If this balance is overthrown, so too is the effectiveness of this system.
A Protective Barrier
Your gut’s immune system is protected by a lining that is only one cell thick! If damaged, it may result in your immune system becoming compromised – filtering in the good and keeping out the bad becomes ineffective.
How Do Digestive Systems Become Imbalanced
Low-fibre, high-sugar, processed, nutrient-poor, high-calorie diets cause the wrong bacteria and yeast to breed, damaging the delicate ecosystem in your gut.
The overuse of certain medication such as acid blockers, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, steroids and hormones also upset the delicate balance.
Undetected gluten intolerance, Celiac disease or low-grade allergies could lead to infection, an overgrowth of bacteria and a compromised digestive system.
Mercury or mold toxins in your digestive system could damage the gut.
Chronic stress may alter the balance in the nervous system that may lead to a leaky gut.
Once you understand what causes imbalances in your digestive system, treating it is easy. Here are 7 changes you can make to kick-start the process to heal your inner tube of life:
- Cut out processed food and start eating real food. Increase fiber in the form of vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
- Eliminate food allergies or sensitivities. Common trouble makers are gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, soy and eggs.
- Treat infections or the overgrowth of parasites or bacteria in your gut.
- Replenish toyr digestve enzymes. If you have a deficiency of these, your digective system cannot effectivelt convert the food you eat into energy and nutrients to work your body well.
- Rebuild your forest of friendly bacteris with probiotics supplementation.
- Take good fat, such as Omega-3 supplementations that help cool the inflammation in your gut.
- Last but certainly not least, heal your gut lining and restore that protective barrier usng gut-healing nutrients and supplementation.
Fixing your digestion may take some time, but it can be done. And it is absolutely essential if you want to achieve vibrant health.
At Santé Sanctuary, achieving a healthy and optimally working digestive system is an attainable goal and the gateway to optimal health. To discover more about how we can help you, let’s have a chat.