Eating a diet rich in healthy foods is a good start to keeping your digestive system on track.
Irecently read a statistic that stated upwards of 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases. Pause and read that number again. It seems staggering. So does this number: $100 billion a year. That’s how much digestive diseases and disorders cost the U.S. for care and hospitalization.
Digestive diseases include acid reflux, gas, bloating, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, malabsorption, diarrhea, and constipation. Many of these can be attributed to a diet filled with processed foods and foods high in fat and calories.
I suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), something researchers estimate 20-44 percent of the population in Western nations condend with. Many experts believe that it’s the direct result of eating a highly processed diet (guilty as charged). It can also be triggered by food allergies and poor gut health. As I’ve learned more about treatment for GERD, I have found that keeping your gut healthy is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being. When your digestive system is out of whack, sheer chaos in the body can ensue, from constantly feeling bloated to developing allergies, heartburn, and eventually even more serious issues, like autoimmune diseases.
Eating a diet rich in healthy foods, with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, is a good start to keeping your digestive system on track. But if your body isn’t breaking down foods and absorbing them, then they’re providing no nutritional advantage.
Enter digestive enzymes. The body produces digestive enzymes naturally, but occasionally the body needs a little help, and supplementing with digestive enzymes can help you get the most out of the foods you consume. “Readers’ Digest” on p. 37 tells you everything you need to know about digestive enzymes, from what they do, to who needs them and why. We also suggest the best ones for you to take.
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Make sure you take care of yourself this summer. Nourish your body, and keep moving.