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Monday, August 8, 2011

Is Your Digestive System Making You Sick, and Fat?

Is Your Digestive System Making You Sick, and Fat?  "It’s important to understand that many diseases that seem to be totally unrelated to the gut — such as eczema or psoriasis or arthritis — are actually CAUSED by gut problems".  I totally didn't realize that the many, and exceedingly common problems that we suffer is due to gut imbalances.  My personal "demon" was gluten that had me constantly in pain and suffering from a host of gastrointestinal disorders. Once I eliminated all gluten foods from my diet, the symptoms disappeared like mist when the sunshine appears. This deeply researched and documented article by Dr. Mark Hyman is literally a gold mine of information. 

"You may not even realize you have a problem … but if you have health concerns of any kind or you are overweight, your inner tube could be the root cause.
Of course, I’m not talking about a beach toy. I mean the inner tube of life — your digestive system!
It is likely that you suffer from (or have suffered from) some type of digestive disorder — irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, reflux, gas, and other things too gross to mention in print.

Most of us (including most doctors) do not recognize or know that digestive problems wreak havoc in the entire body, leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer, and more.
So having a healthy gut means more than simply being free of annoyances like bloating or heartburn! It is absolutely central to your health. It is connected to EVERYTHING that happens in your body.
That’s why I almost always start helping people treat chronic health problems by fixing their gut, which is what I want to help you do today.
Today , you will learn how you can find out if you have a problem with your gut (though many of you won’t need me to tell you — your gut will speak for itself!), and I will give you 7 simple steps you can take today to heal your inner tube of life.
Fixing your digestion is the 4th key of the 7 Keys to UltraWellness or functional medicine, and it is absolutely essential that you heal this critical system in your body if you want to achieve optimum health.
Why your gut is so important? Let me explain …
How Your Gut Keeps You Healthy or Makes You Ill
The health of your gut determines what nutrients are absorbed and what toxins, allergens, and microbes are kept out. It is directly linked to the health of your whole body.
Intestinal health could be defined as the optimal digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. But that is a big job that depends on many other factors. Let’s look at a few of them …"

"How to Know if Your Gut is Out of Balance
To fix your digestion, you first need to understand what is sending your gut out of balance in the first place. The list is short:
  • Our low-fiber, high-sugar, processed, nutrient-poor, high-calorie diet, which causes all the wrong bacteria and yeast to grow in our gut and damages the delicate ecosystem in your intestines
  • Overuse of medications that damage the gut or block normal digestive function — things like acid blockers (Prilosec, Nexium, etc.), anti-inflammatory medication (aspirin, Advil, and Aleve), and overuse of antibiotics, steroids, and hormones
  • Undetected gluten intolerance, celiac disease or low grade food allergies to foods such as dairy, eggs, or corn.
  • Chronic low-grade infections or gut imbalances with overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, yeast overgrowth, parasites, or even more serious gut infections
  • Toxins like mercury and mold toxins, which damage the gut
  • Lack of adequate digestive enzyme function, which can come from acid-blocking medication use, or zinc deficiency
  • Stress, which can alter the gut nervous system, cause a leaky gut, and change the normal bacteria in the gut
What happens then is obvious. You get sick."

Is Your Digestive System Making You Sick, and Fat?  I learned this the hard way, long before medical literature addressed it in the fullness that Dr. Hyman is outlining in this very, very important article. Read the balance of it at the link below:

Add these articles to your list to research further. 

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