Warning: Give your body a break from toxic overload
If you overindulged during the holidays, your body is probably in need of a tidy up.
Meals with family and friends, edible gifts, summer picnics and snacking, and a break from regular eating habits can all mean a toxic overload for your body. Just like regularly taking your car for a warrant of fitness, looking after your gut and bowel health should be an annual event.
Why is gut health important?
If your body doesn’t digest food properly, it is of no nutritional value. An unhealthy gut could bring symptoms of tiredness, a lack of energy, and fatigue as your body begins to steal glycogen from your muscles to keep you going.
Your feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine are also produced in the gut, so when the gut is compromised, so is your mood, often leading to worrying thoughts or low mood. This can also cause agitation and aggression which may result in poor-quality relationships both at work and at home, and poor-quality sleep.
What happens when your gut isn’t working properly?
The gastrointestinal lining replenishes itself approximately every three days. The gastrointestinal lining is a permeable membrane, similar to the skin on a sausage. Just like when you stick a fork in a sausage and the contents start to come out, when toxins breach the gut membrane, sewerage passes through the membrane and causes an immune reaction.
Some food particles such as those from dairy or wheat can now penetrate this leaking barrier, and it can invoke an allergic response, creating an intolerance to the ingestion of these products. This often causes digestive and bowel problems, which can go on to create more serious health conditions.
The toxins in the body then cause the liver, the body’s filter, to work overtime in an attempt to remove those toxins. Should the liver become overworked, these toxins are either passed to the kidneys for removal, or stored in fat cells, resulting in weight gain.
If the kidneys don’t remove the toxicity fast enough, a headache ensues, and if stored in fats, often results in a lowered thyroid function. The weight begins to pile on and the body switches to adrenal metabolism.
When this happens, blood vacates the stomach and bowel, often resulting in maldigestion of food, and undigested particles of food are now clearly visible in bowel motions.
Support your gut
HealthZone Gut Repair Zone is a low allergy, high nutrition product that includes a comprehensive range of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to support intestinal bowel wall health and repair. It is important to take digestive enzymes to assist in the breakdown of food, and support healthy digestion.
The festive season can wreak havoc on your digestive system.