Is Your Digestion the Hidden Hurdle to Your Health?

“All disease starts in the gut.” – Hippocrates

Do you find yourself struggling with diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, gas, and fatigue?

Perhaps you have been told you have IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, Candida or some other chronic autoimmune condition. 

Fatigue, gas, heartburn, constipation, and  diarrhea could be your body telling you that something isn’t right. These symptoms can reveal digestive struggles that should not be ignored. 

Digestion plays a critical role in processing the foods you eat and absorbing the nutrients you need to help you maintain optimum health.   

It’s not just what you eat.  It’s also what you are able to digest that is significant to good health.  

So let’s start with a look at the processes of the digestive system. This will give us a glimpse into what’s going on in there and where things may go wrong.  

What are the major functions of the digestive system?

The major functions of the digestive system happen in a series of integrated steps:  

Ingestion. This first step occurs with our first bite. It’s when materials enter the digestive track via the mouth.

Mechanical Processing.  This step is the crushing and tearing of food (chewing) that makes it move through and along the digestive track.

Digestion. This step refers to the chemical (as opposed to the mechanical) breakdown of food.  The chemical breakdown is what actually splits the food molecules into small organic fragments and separates out those that aren’t suitable for digestion. 

Secretion.  The secretion step involves the release of water, acids, enzymes, buffers, and salts from the digestive tract and glandular organs. 

Absorption. Absorption is the functional phase of the process where those digested molecules, electrolytes, vitamins, and water cross into the interstitial fluid of the digestive tract.

Excretion.  The last step, simply said, is the removal of waste products through defecation in the form of poop.

In addition to these major functions of the digestive process, digestion supports the detoxification process by breaking down food, taking what the body needs, and then assisting toxins in exiting your body and eventually being eliminated as waste.

Beautifully designed, right?

There is a lot going on with every bite of food we eat, and a healthy functioning digestion system plays a key role in our wellbeing? 

When things go wrong

So what happens when digestion becomes compromised and sluggish, and it doesn’t seem to be performing at its best?

Well …

Your food starts to run through your system too fast (diarrhea) and your body doesn’t absorb the needed nutrients. 

Or maybe it is moving too slow (constipation). Toxins are not moving out of your body and instead may end up being recirculated into the body.  

When either of these two things happen, to the result often is unexplained chronic symptoms that leave you feeling exhausted and unwell. 

The remedy for when things go wrong

The good news is there are natural ways that you can support your digestion to function better.

  1. You can eat the right foods for your physiology and for balancing your unique gut bacteria. 
  1. You can combine foods correctly for optimal digestion. 
  1. You can cook foods the right way to better aid your digestion.

These all help you feel better, allowing you to look forward to brighter days of living better longer. 

“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” – Hippocrates

Conclusion

Eating the right foods in the right way is a natural remedy that supports your digestion. If incorporated daily into your life, this one step can make a positive difference in your overall health and wellbeing.

Ready to feel better? Then decide today will be the day that you take steps to live your best life. You can do this. Simple steps like the right food and lifestyle habits can make a profound difference. 

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Yetta Blair, CFNC, CHCC

Yetta is a certified functional nutrition practitioner, holistic cancer coach and speaker. She studied whole-food, plant-based nutrition with T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. She is a food driven analyst and works with clients to help them use nutrition principles to solve the root causes of their health symptoms. She knows that functional nutrition is the answer to our current healthcare crisis, both for individuals and for society at large, and wants to inform as many people as she can of the power of food to heal. Her promise to clients - if you eat better, you will feel better.