The digestive system is one of the most important organ systems in our body. Even at the start, tasting food and drinks bring us joy. The hormones and endorphins that get released are more than just a temporary feel-good sensation. Food can truly make a difference in how you feel.
The stomach and intestines then have the difficult task of breaking down all that food (that we’re sure you chewed so well). All the calories and nutrients that get released are integral to allow our body to function well. But even if you choose the right foods, if the stomach, pancreas, or intestines are not working as intended, you might not get those nutrients anyway. So by helping support the digestive organs, you are doing more than just helping decrease abdominal pain or gas and bloating. You will also be helping your absorption leading to more energy, better sleep, better mood, stronger muscles and bones, and a stronger immune system.
Every time you eat food, you are also consuming pathogens, such as bacteria and yeast. Your digestive system is home to 70% of your immune system to help protect yourself from these invaders. You also have stomach acid, which kills pathogens, and digestive flora that helps protect you from pathogens. However, if these teams become too weak, you can get chronic infections quite easily, such as dysbiosis, intestinal candida, SIBO, and other infections possibly leading to widespread inflammation.
Many conditions and symptoms are affected by the digestive system. If you have any or are concerned about any of the following conditions, it may also be essential to look at your digestion:
- 1Chronic or recurring infections (chronic sinusitis, ear infections, vaginal yeast infections)
- 6Autoimmune conditions (RA, lupus, Hashimoto’s, etc.)
- 7Hormone balancing (PCOS, dysmenorrhea, fibroids, etc.)
- 3Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rashes, jock itch)
- 4Mental/emotional (anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns)
- 9Chronic pain (low back pain, neck pain, arthritis, etc.)
- 5Seasonal allergies
- 10Growth and development in childhood