To fix your bloating or your irritable bowel syndrome or your constipation, or your heartburn or your acid reflux or the countless other problems with you gut and your digestive system, take Mylanta or Maalox or Reglan, or Nexium, or Omeprazole, or tons of other names you can’t really pronounce.
More than 100 million Americans have digestive problems and two of the top five selling drugs in America are for digestive problems and they cost us billions and billions of dollars.
Ok, what’s the safe remedy for digestive problems?
It’s the health of your gut that determines what nutrients are absorbed and what toxins, allergens and microbes are kept out. In fact, the health of your gut is directly linked to the health of your whole body.
In essence, intestinal health is defined as the optimal digestion, absorption and assimilation of food.
Basically, you have bugs in your digestive tract that have a mind of their own and their job is to create an internal conglomerate that helps to digest food, regulate hormones, excrete toxins, and produce vitamins and other healing compounds to keep you healthy.
But, and there’s always a but, the ecosystem must be comprised of friendly bacteria to keep you healthy. The good guys are the lactobacillus or bifidobacteria and the bad guys are the parasites and yeasts.
But wait, there’s more: in your gut there is a one cell-thick layer that protects your entire immune system and the rest of your body.
When that protective layer gets damaged you develop allergies despite being able to digest the foods perfectly well. Then the immune system becomes overactive and introduces your body to inflammation.
It should be obvious that the gut needs to be in a condition to separate the good molecules from the bad ones to protect the immune system to its fullest capacity.
What’s cool is that the gut has a brain of its own (the enteric nervous system) that is actually wired to brain above your ears and messages travel back and forth between the two brains. When those messages are compromised so is your health.
So, what happens to all the toxins produced by your metabolism that the liver has to work overtime to deal with? All those symptoms and more listed above manifest and create more problems in your body that you can imagine.
As if that’s not enough of a nightmare, the gut has to breakdown all the food you eat into their individual components, separate the vitamins and minerals and filter them across the one cell-thick layer so it can enter you bloodstream and nourish your body.
Fixing your gut is understanding what puts it out of balance in the first place. One word does that- DIET.
The SAD (Standard American Diet), with its low-fiber, high-sugar, high-dairy, high-flesh, processed to death, excess protein eggs, high-calorie food causes all the wrong bacteria and yeast to flourish, damaging the intestinal ecosystem.
The over abundance of meds and “fixers” like acid blockers, anti-inflammatory meds, antibiotics, steroids and hormones (bovine growth hormones in over cooked and nutrient depleted in dairy) damage the gut or not let it do its job.
This assault brings about low-grade infections, gut imbalances, yeast overgrowth, and parasites. Then we add mercury through dental fillings and fish, suffer from sulfur, zinc and magnesium deficiencies and worry ourselves to death making us nothing more than stressed out zombies trying to solve our problems with more drugs, more acid-blocking meds, aspirins and whatever we are led to believe will reverse our condition. Yet is does nothing more than making us worse.
What to do, what to do?
*Switch to or at least eat way more of a plant-based diet to get more fiber, more nutrients and more body-friendly foods.
*Get rid of the foods that are high allergies like gluten, dairy, yeast, GMOs (soy, corn, all canola), and addictive sugar.
*Rebuild your immune system with reputable super foods and bee pollen, which contain amino acids to help build leans muscles, improve skin and hair, support brain function, improve mood and reduce cravings; antioxidants to help reduce oxidative damage from free radicals, promote heart health, support joint health and keep your brain healthy; phytonutrients to help alkalinize the body and promote detoxification for health and vitality; adaptogen herbs that helps protect the body from stress, supports the immune system and helps balance the endocrine system; and digestive enzymes that help the body break down foods and increase absorption of nutrients.
In closing, research has shown vegans have stronger gut protective health benefits by their flora allowing for better absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Life is full of choices so choose them wisely.