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Could These 3 Foods Be Ruining Your Digestion?

Let’s be honest, the pre packaged food we eat, in more cases than not sucks, Badly.

This is one of the main reasons why  digestive disorders are sky rocketing.

Have you ever felt bloated, gassy?

Serious stomach discomfort?

Have poor skin, feel drained, irritable or anxious?

Experienced hashimoto’s or Celiac disease?

Chance are your digestion is not up to par, read below to find out some of the prime causes.

It is now estimated that 15% of all Americans suffer from IBS, and this number could in fact be much higher, as most people with the condition do not seek advice about it.

The answer is quite simple, it is in our lifestyle, food choices, chemical exposure and medications, all affecting our health and the way we feel.

Digestion is a completely involuntary process, meaning apart from eating/chewing and excreting, we have no control over it, but we can influence it.

When digestion is poor, issues arise, this could be something as simple as bloating or gas, or as far flung as a full blown auto-immune disease such as celiac disease.

If we are not breaking down and utilising our food properly we will be lacking in vital nutrients and start a negative cascade of health problems.

Have no fear as today we are going to show you the top 3 foods that cause the most issues in the digestive process.

#1: Gluten – Gluten is the protein molecule found in wheat, it is a very different structure from what it was 40-50 years ago due to selective farming processes in order to get the most yield out of the crops.

These days gluten is a fairly large molecule, making it a lot harder to break down than previous versions. When large unbroken molecules hit the intestines, bloating, gas and an immune response are the norm.

A large number of people are thought to have gluten intolerance, this may not be celiac disease, but is problematic to a lesser extent. For these people an immune response is triggered when gluten is consumed, there could be emotional changes such as anxiety, or irritability, headaches or migraines may start, and skin conditions are prevalent such as acne or eczema.

Gluten can also cause leaky gut, the cells that line the small intestines stand shoulder to shoulder, only allowing molecules they deem safe to pass through.

Gluten can break down this barrier, unprocessed molecules to slip through into the blood stream. The more frequently this occurs the more inflamed the intestines become and the worse the problem becomes.

Gluten can impact the joints, leaving them sore and achy.

#2: Soy – Looking at most processed foods you might find soy has somehow slipped its way in there in various forms such as soy protein and soy lecithin

Soy contains protease and trypsin inhibitors, these enzymes blunt protein digestion. If protein molecules are not broken down into their proper molecules before hitting the intestine gastric problems begin to arise.

Soy also ha a number of oligosacaccharides, these are not known to the human digestive system. They create gas and bloating as the hit the intestine, and also provoke the immune system creating an inflammatory response.

Soy is also extremely high in Phytates, these are compounds that bind to nutrients such as magnesium or zinc, effectively rendering them indigestible.

Soy is also a giotrogen, this means it slows down the conversion of thyroid hormone, slowing your metabolic rate and impacting fat loss.

If you are going to eat soy at least make sure it is fermented. The fermentation breaks down the oligosaccharides, and dissolves the nutrient inhibitors.

#3: Dairy – Lactose is a sugar found in milk, up to 50% of Americans have Lactose intolerance, this is a deficiency in lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose. This number is higher in other cultures, affecting up to 90% of Asian populations.

If lactose is not broken down effectively and remains intact, it creates bloating, gas, indigestion and pain in the small intestine.

The best way to counter this is to avoid it, or at least take a lactase enzyme when consuming dairy products.

Casein is another factor, being a milk protein, this compound is often results in creating an immune response.

When casein is being digested, caseomorphins are produced and bind to receptors in the gut, creating cravings and addiction, the same process that happens with gluten.

As you can see from the above, there is a high chance that these food sources may be doing you more harm than good, we recommend that you trial cutting them out of your diet for at least 3 week before reintroducing them in small quantities to gauge your response to them, you might just be fine.

It doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to ever eat them, but if you value your health, it may be wise to switch to other food groups to get your nutrition on track.

Swapping out these three groups may just mean you’ll lose weight, feel better, reduce discomfort, and have more energy without these food groups in your life.

The Body Consultants.

Ref/Excerpts: Natural Solutions For Digestive Health: Dr. Jillian Sarno Teta.