Are you getting a 'call' from Mother Nature every day?
Yes, I’m writing about one of the most important bodily functions that we have - elimination. Daily elimination is incredibly important and can tell you a lot about your health.
70%-80% of our immune system is housed in our digestive tract so eliminating on a daily basis is vital to our overall well-being. Our bowel habits, especially important if you’re dealing with a chronic digestive issue or an autoimmune disease, can provide significant information regarding our lifestyle choices.
The digestive process actually starts in the mouth as you begin chewing. This is where a problem can begin, if the food is not fully broken down (it should be ‘mush in your mouth’ before you swallow). The food (as a “bolus”) will then travel down the esophagus and into the stomach, where it is further broken down by digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach. This first step of the journey can be the source of digestive upset if food is not chewed properly or HCl is depleted.
Once through the stomach, the food then moves to the small intestine and continues to be broken down with help from bile from the liver and digestive enzymes in the pancreas. The food moves through the intestines and this is where most of the nutrients are taken from the food absorbed into the bloodstream. At this point, the food moves into the large intestine, being further broken down and any excess water absorbed. Finally, the digested food as feces exits the body through the rectum and anus.
This is a simplistic description of the complex process that needs to occur every time we put food in our body. As you may imagine, given the complexity of our body and the wide variety of foods we often eat, there are many reasons for digestive upset, diarrhea, constipation. Some of these chronic conditions of digestive disfunction are known as IBS, IBD, Crohn’s Disease and many chronic digestive issues are also often present in autoimmune diseases.
Some symptoms of chromic digestive disfunction that you may experience are:
- stool that is dark brown, yellow, green, red, grey or black (any color other than brown)
- excessive gas
Suffering and uncertainty about your health and body do not need to continue!
Get in touch with me if any of this is happening for you. I can definitely help you find the root cause and together we can develop a a long term solution.
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Wishing you wellness,