The bodily process of digestion and absorption is one of the most important to our health. Hippocrates made this statement over two thousand years ago and it is truer today than ever.
What are the signs of unhealthy digestion?
- Acid reflux
- Throat and nose issues (clearing throat, runny nose, etc.)
- Inflammation anywhere in the body
- Skin disorders anywhere on the body
- Negative reactions to food
- Loose stools or constipation
Over the past several years, research into diabetes has found a link between diabetes, intestinal permeability, and gut bacteria. (1) It turns out that the microflora in your digestive tract may play a role in the development of diabetes.
Migraines often result from dietary inadequacies. Dietary inadequacies can result from diets deficient in particular nutrients or from metabolic errors. A full 80 to 90 percent of all migraine patients in one study tested positive for food allergies. The best remedy for food allergies is to correct improper gut function. (more…)
With chemical additives, excessive gluten consumption, over prescription of antibiotics and more, the integrity of our gut lining is weakened further with each passing year. It’s no wonder that digestive disorders and their accompanying deficiencies are more common than ever before. Healing the gut lining restores your body’s ability to build a strong immune system and to produce those feel-good neurotransmitters in the right amounts. Evidence points to the amino acid l-glutamine as a natural means for restoring the integrity of the gut lining and for once again putting digestive wellness within your grasp. (more…)
Modern exhaustive diseases such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and are estimated to affect more about seven million US citizens. These syndromes are variously diagnosed, but always include depleted physical function, weakness, exhaustion and general malaise. Sleep deprivation(ironic as that sounds) is not uncommon. Natural treatments for modern exhaustive diseases are highly effective. For the person who understands how the body becomes depleted, the path back to full health is possible and likely.
Other symptoms of modern exhaustive disease include feeling tired for more than one day after physical or mental exertion, forgetfulness, generalized pain and aches, feeling tired after sleeping, pain and stiffness in joints or their surrounding tissues without swelling or redness, swollen or tender lymph nodes under arms, headaches of a new type, sore throat, visual disturbances, night sweats/chills, irritable bowel, dizziness and psychological symptoms.
Gut microbes may influence your behavior.
Recent research is starting to catch up to what Donna Gates has been teaching through the Body Ecology Diet for the last fifteen years! Science now suggests that the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract may have a great influence on your brain activity.
In the past 10-15 years, we have seen a growing interest in microbiology. It turns out that bacteria are responsible for many mechanisms in the body. So far, we know that symbiotic microbes in our gastrointestinal tract (1):
- Synthesize vitamin K and important B vitamins.
- Communicate with and regulate the immune system.
- Play a role in reducing inflammation both in the gastrointestinal tract and in other areas of the body.
- Detoxify heavy metals from the body.
- Help digest food.
- Promote gut motility.
- Help heal and protect the lining of the gut. (more…)
It has long been understood that various friendly flora are vital to a healthy balance of power within your digestive tract. Part of this is a simple numbers game wherein you need enough of the friendly types to keep other types in lower numbers. Such friendly flora work hand-in-glove with fiber to assist digestive processes, produce vitamins, and clear toxic waste. There is a lot going on, with various types of bacteria performing various functions. A new study has demonstrated how one strain of friendly flora helps heal the lining of your digestive tract1. (more…)
It has long been known that stress can wreak havoc with your digestive tract. Two new studies are proving that the sword cuts both directions. Problems in your digestive tract can wreak havoc in your brain, causing anxiety and depression.
Researchers have observed that around 15% – 20% of people struggle with recurring pain or discomfort in their upper abdominal area and these people are also more likely to be anxious or depressed. It is typical that their digestive problems were present in early childhood, prior to the onset of psychological struggles. These observations led Stanford University researchers1 to conduct an experiment to see if gut problems could be causing mood problems. (more…)