One of the most common causes of poor digestion, aside from dehydration and stress,… is a toxic bowel. Common symptoms- which most people ignore because they are “common”, of a toxic bowel are: fatigue, headaches, asthma, GI upset, pain between shoulder blades, Sciatica, allergies, eye/ear/nose and throat problems like chronic sinus infections, nervousness, arthritis, neck pain, acne, rashes or other skin issues, cardiac irregularities, etc.
Why is a toxic bowel (or poor digestion) something to be alarmed about?
(1) First of all, 70% of our immune system is actually formed/IN our digestive track and so maintaining a healthy GI track is improving your body’s ability to fight off disease and infection. If you think your body will just take care of that itself, or if you get sick you can just get antibiotics… you are sadly mistaken. (edited/corrected) Antibiotics may kill an infection, and you may think they’re good to treat a virus, or simply a cold, but it actually creates a more HOSTILE environment in the gut limiting its ability to digest by killing off GOOD bacteria, which leads to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. A vicious cycle that gets worse each time you depend on antibiotics. Start with good digestion by eating a healthy diet, drinking water and limiting stress.
(2) A healthy digestive system breaks down your protein into important amino acids the body needs. It also breaks down your food so well it can break apart and absorb all of the nutrients in it, and furthermore, direct those nutrients where they need to go in your body. Without proper absorption of those minerals, and/or breakdown of the amino acids, your body begins to decline in function. This could be cognitive, neurological, reproductive or cardiovascular. Even your skin will eventually send red flags… literally… in the form of acne or rashes.
When you have poor digestion, it is the first sign that the cards are falling, and it’s up to you to fix the problem so you’re playing with a full deck. Poor digestion is evident when (and again, many “common” signs we often ignore) we experience gas, bloating, headache, burping, reflux, fatigue after eating, abdominal pain and/or distension, constant hunger, irregularity and muscle/joint aches. People often ignore these signs because they are “so common” and just a part of our everyday human function. But here is a newsflash, are you ready?
It is *not* normal to fart all the time, or feel crapped out after a meal, to suffer reflux problems or constantly be hungry for no reason. And in the wise words of Nora Gedgaudas; “Just because it’s common, does not mean it’s normal”.
In other words… just because you know a lot of babies who get reflux, doesn’t mean its normal and okay for yours to get it and therefore explain it away as “just something that happens” and end up feeding them antacids the first critical years of their life (hey, we all do this because we trust our doctors)… and just because everyone toots, doesnt mean it’s normal to do that more than the average, and just because millions and millions of people suffer headaches- does NOT mean it’s normal. It may be common. But it’s not normal.
So with all that said… pay attention to your digestive system. The majority of your health is built inside those walls, so be good to it and it will be good to you.