The digestive system comprises the gastrointestinal tract, extending from the mouth to the anus, together with all of its associated organs including the stomach, pancreas, gallbladder and liver.
Successful digestion and absorption of nutrients depends on the proficient operation of the entire digestive system.
Digestion mainly occurs in the stomach and small intestine with the majority of absorption occurring in the small intestine.
Nutrient absorption is essential for metabolic processes occurring throughout the rest of the body.
It is important to remember that even with a perfectly functioning digestive system, the type and quality of food that is put into this system is ultimately important.
Digestive disorders are caused by what you put into your stomach. Acute abdominal discomfort, pain, irritation, bloating or gas, are almost always the result of what you eat.
The most common digestive disorders include gastritis, heartburn – closely linked to oesophageal reflux, indigestion, nausea, diarrhoea or constipation, are often diet related. Consumption of refined foods made from sugar or white flour, very poor food combinations and frequent large, lavish meals can all add to your digestive miseries.
An incorrect diet, too high in fats and protein, lacking in fibre, will aggravate and impact negatively on an existing irritable bowel syndrome.
In some people the stomach may not produce sufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid. As we age, our HCL production declines, and overuse of medication may also precipitate this problem. When this occurs digestion is less efficient and symptoms such as bloating, belching and heartburn may occur. Underproduction of hydrochloric acid can also produce reflux symptoms.
Deficient acid secretion can lead to impair absorption of nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, histidine and tyrosine. Poor digestive function results in maldigestion and malabsorption. If food is not broken down properly it can trigger activation of the immune system and allergies can develop, it can also contribute to toxic accumulations.
Hyperchlorhydria is an ailment characterised by excessive HCL secretion and is a relatively rare condition. Excessive stomach acid is associated with gastric ulcers, especially when the stomach wall is weakened. Hyperchlorhydria may also be associated with heartburn.
Alcohol consumption can exacerbate the symptoms of heartburn as it has been shown to relax the lower oesophageal sphincter, allowing stomach acid to travel up into the oesophagus.
An unbalanced diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugars, allows detrimental bacteria to thrive. This can lead to an unhealthy imbalance between “friendly” and detrimental organisms, subsequently causing digestive symptoms as well as other systemic effects. Symptoms associated with “unfriendly bacteria” or yeast overgrowth ( e.g. candida) include bloating, fatigue, irritability, skin irritation, constipation, thrush, diarrhoea, flatulence and cystitis.
An imbalance in the gut flora populations can also be an underlying cause of many types of illness such as leaky gut, autoimmune disease, allergies and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Inflammation of the digestive tract lining can occur due to food allergies, pathogens and chronic disease such as inflammatory bowel disease. Long term inflammation can contribute to damage of the lining and decreased nutrient absorption. Chronic inflammation may be a contributing factor in leaky gut syndrome.
You could also be suffering from food intolerance if you are bloated after eating certain foods, tired at certain times of the day, suffer headaches for no apparent reason. Sufferers of food intolerance frequently complain of lethargy or “fogginess” and a general feeling of unwellness.
At Solutions To Health we advocate that digestive disorders can be absolutely successfully treated with natural therapies.
Our Gut repair Program is designed to rebalance disturbed intestinal bacteria, restore poor digestion, prevent allergic exposure and repair the “leaky gut”.
Our program includes a dietary change to a more healthy alkaline diet strategy that will work wonders for you. We provide a comprehensive list of alkaline/acid foods to assist you in the transition to a major lifestyle change, which will ensure ongoing optimal health.
A nutritional, nourishing, natural eating plan to suit your personal needs, will be compiled just for you. Your digestive disorders will be naturally healed and you will feel better, live better and look better.
At Solutions To Health you will reclaim your health, energy, mental clarity, the smooth operation of bodily systems as you face the world with clear, bright eyes and skin.
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