Part 2: Digestive Disruption
In part one of the digestive article, we showed you 3 of the most prominent foods that may cause disruption to your digestion, what you may or may not know is that it’s not just foods that can set you off on the downwards spiral of gas, bloating and poor nutrition.
Today we are going to cover the top 3 things that may cause digestive disorders that are often not thought of or you may not relate to digestion.
1: Antibiotics: These are commonly prescribed and have a high rate of digestive disturbance. Antibiotics do one thing, they kill bacteria. The problem is they do it all to well, wiping out all the good bacteria along with the bad!
Through altering the natural gut bacteria it leaves room for harmful or “bad” bacteria to take over the intestinal tract. This s especially true if a course of probiotics is not taken at the same time as the antibiotics.
Taking probiotics along side your antibiotic course can offset the symptoms of stomach cramps, boating and diarrhoea, and taking these at the same time has not shown to reduce the efficiency of the antibiotics so it is a no brainer.
2: Chemical Exposure: There are around 6,000 new chemicals being produced each year. It is impossible to avoid all chemical exposure, it is in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink.
You can reduce the risks by drinking filtered water, choosing glass or stainless steel containers and bottles for food and water and buy low pesticide foods whenever possible. To look more into this head on over to http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ to see the top 12 chemical ridden produce, and the cleanest 15 foods available, so you know when it’s best to buy organic.
The huge array of chemicals we are exposed are directly toxic to the lining of the intestine and gut flora. It is best to avoid them as much as possible.
3: Anti-Acids: In America, Nexum is the third most prescribed medication.
That says alot about the state of digestive health in the western world. These drugs reduce the amount of acid that the stomach produces.
Typically prescribed for reflux and heart burn, the problem is that they are not caused by too much acid but by acid in the wrong place. So reducing acid may produce short term relief, it is not addressing the underlying problem and can create further stress to the system as the stomach struggles to break down food properly.
Acid is necessary to breakdown protein, if these drugs are taken for too long protein digestion will be severely compromised. This is further problematic, as undigested food molecules disrupt the intestinal lining leading to leaky gut and can create an immune response within the body.
The cells that produce stomach acid also produce intrinsic factor. This binds to vitamin B12, calcium, iron magnesium and folate. With these cells being slowed down by antacids, it impairs the bodies ability to absorb these nutrients. This means we can become deficient in these nutrients.
As you can see there is a whole host of things we can do to minimise the stress we are placing on our digestive tract. Just because digestion is an involuntary process, it doesn’t mean we can’t improve upon what is happening inside our bodies.
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Excerpts from “Natural Solutions For Digestive Health”