Warn­ing: Give your body a break from toxic over­load

The Tribune (NZ) - - TERRACE END -

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.

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