Byline: Connie Trowbridge
Our digestive system is the most important system in our bodies. We don’t realize the importance of proper digestion until we begin experiencing problems. When it’s working properly, it takes the food we consume and produces all the ingredients our bodies need to operate. It then removes any unneeded, unused or unwanted materials from our body. When it’s NOT working right…well…it can be pretty damn uncomfortable.
All diseases start in the gut. ~Hippocrates
The digestion process is complex and involves many, MANY steps. If something goes wrong along the way, it can manifest as several problems.
Poor digestive health can be linked to:
- Food allergies
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Leaky gut
- Candida overgrowth
- Crohn’s disease
- Improper absorption of nutrients
- Low B12 levels
- Joint pain
- Acid reflux
- and so much more
Many people have no idea just how critical digestion is to our overall health. Nor are they aware that many of their ailments can be relieved and/or cured by simply IMPROVING their gut health.
A well-functioning gut with healthy gut flora holds the roots of our health. And, just as a tree with sick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of the body cannot thrive wither a well-functioning digestive system. ~Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
There is no need to sob in a corner, caressing your bloated stomach; digestive health can be easily improved with a few added daily habits. Take care of your gut, so it can take care of you in return.
Probiotics – often called “good bacteria” – work hard to keep a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. With everything that goes on between the walls of your colon, taking good care of your gut is highly beneficial to your health. Take a high quality probiotic of at least 25 billion strands. This good bacteria helps maintain digestion balance, and keeps your immune system (70% of it is your gut) working perfectly.
Digestive enzymes help break down the nutrients in food, making them easier to digest and absorb. Since many of us consume liquids with our meals (drinking with your meal dilutes the natural enzymes in your saliva, making it harder to properly digest your food) taking an enzyme before you eat is a great way to boost your digestive health and reduce/eliminate the common after meal bloat and discomfort. *Take a high quality digestive enzyme 15-20 minutes before eating your meal*
Whether in the form of food, supplement, tea or oil, consuming ginger daily will help begin to get your gut back on track. Ginger helps to stimulate digestion, which as we are learning, is the basis of health. Ginger helps the body to release the proper enzymes to break down food so nutrients can be easily absorbed.
Coconut oil is largely made up of medium chain triglycerides. When consumed, coconut oil’s anti-microbial properties become activated and work to provide the strongest germ killing effect. Basically, coconut oil eradicates the bad bacteria in our digestive tract. By regularly consuming coconut oil, you will help your body restore balance and stability.
Despite all the celebrities and their milk mustaches, when you have gut problems, reducing or eliminating dairy will go a long way to getting you out of that miserable state that only comes when your digestive system is impaired. The sugar in dairy called lactose is rarely ever properly digested. This causes allergic reactions, gas and bloating. If you consume too much lactose, it goes into the large intestine, and diarrhea can develop or worsen. Give your body a chance to heal properly, forgo the dairy and see how much better you feel. Nowadays, there are delicious substitutes that will help fill that dairy void.
Connie Trowbridge wants to live in a world that’s filthy with organic farms, mom & pop bookstores, and artsy cafes. As a holistic health coach, and wellness writer, she’s been featured in Healthy Organic Woman Magazine, and Life of a Fighter.
When she’s not creating humorous content (that often contains four-letter words) you can find her re-reading the collected works of Chelsea Handler and Paul Jarvis, sampling obscene amounts of chocolate without a trace of shame, and optimistically checking out her window to see if UPS has delivered her latest Amazon present. Her latest ebook —From Doritos to Kale Chips— hit the web in March 2014.
Discover how to achieve rockin’ health with style, simplicity + astonishing ease at Connieville.com