Food in, waste out
Sick to your stomach? It may well be time to show some love to your digestive system.
Top tips for digestive health.
The digestive system is a simple concept, food in, waste out. We pay attention to what we put in but when did you last consider your waste disposal function? Digestion extracts the nutrients from our food, simultaneously separating out toxins and waste before cleaning house, expelling unwanted and potentially toxic end waste.
The last stop for waste is the colon (large intestine). A clogged colon means nutrients may not be absorbed and toxins build-up, with decaying food providing a breeding ground for harmful bacteria resulting in systemic intoxication (poisoning). Symptoms of systemic intoxication include: • Stomach pain and cramp • Diarrhoea or constipation • Excessive flatulence • Indigestion and bad breath • Muscular and joint pain and stiffness • Muscle weakness and fatigue • Brain-fog, confusion, irritability • Allergic reactions including hives, sneezing, cough • Depression and anxiety Any of these may present at different times, with fluctuating severity. Genetic factors or dietary and environmental triggers all play a part in the digestive balancing act that starts with our first meal. At birth the digestive system is sterile, but bacteria enter with the first feed, to play an important life-long role in our health.
Gut flora (bacteria) is crucial to digestive health, producing nutrients as well as stimulating immune function. Illness, poor nutrition, colon blockage or antibiotics deplete healthy gut flora, encouraging harmful bacteria leading to gastro-intestinal disease.
As ever, prevention is the best treatment and involves managing good gut hygiene, health and gut flora, all done, primarily, by diet.