Be kind to your stom­ach

Matamata Chronicle - - Farming - By JU­DITH DANKS Natur­opath and med­i­cal herbal­ist

For many peo­ple, the gut is a bit of a mys­tery, they think that food goes in one end, some­thing hap­pens in the mid­dle, then some­thing else hap­pens at the other end.

How­ever, our gut is more than a pro­cess­ing sta­tion for nu­tri­ents.

The di­ges­tive and im­mune sys­tems are very closely re­lated with 70 per cent of our im­mune sys­tem be­ing in the gut.

The gut has a large amount of de­sir­able and un­de­sir­able mi­crobes that have co-ex­isted for a very long time. If for any rea­son one strain of th­ese mi­crobes get out of bal­ance then the gut can dis­play un­de­sir­able symp­toms.

The gut is also a sense or­gan, hence the old say­ing ‘‘gut feel­ings’’ which means that it is af­fected by stress­ful sit­u­a­tions and the pace of our lives.

The foods which we eat are a di­rect in­di­ca­tor of what sort of en­vi­ron­ment we live in; so the gut is us­ing this in­for­ma­tion about our food and work­ing out whether we are safe. If it per­ceives that we are not safe it starts to gen­er­ate con­di­tions such as re­flux, skin con­di­tions, IBS and food in­tol­er­ances, etc.

Many peo­ple make food choices that are detri­men­tal. So it is im­por­tant to take time to look at your diet and life­style to en­sure that you have the best diet in or­der to main­tain good health.

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