Most of us don’t pay attention to body processes unless we have
annoying or painful symptoms. Let’s take digestion for example: gas and
bloating are annoying and abdominal cramping is painful.
to the American college of Gastroenterology, over 95 million people in
the US suffer from some type of digestive problem. Americans spend
more than $100 billion annually on over the counter digestive care
products. Wait periods for seeing GI specialists are sometimes upwards
of 3 months. Frankly speaking, there is a lot of ground to cover when
it comes to digestive health. There is the upper GI (stomach &
esophagus), lower GI (colon) as well as the Liver and Gallbladder!
digestive system is responsible for breaking down everything we eat
and drink, extracting the vitamins & minerals from it and turning
it into energy for the body. This is an amazing and difficult job
considering what some of us eat. Nevertheless even with a good diet,
over time, the digestive system becomes weak and symptoms can develop.
This simply means the digestive system needs a tune up so it can
function optimally once again.
busy life on the run is a strain on digestive function. The digestive
system works best when we are relaxed and can peacefully eat and chew
our food. This is the parasympathetic nervous system at work which is
fondly referred to as "the rest & digest nervous system”.
Incidentally this is also the nervous system, which allows us to have a
restful sleep. Disturbed digestion often goes in conjunction with
medicine focuses on symptom suppression to treat digestive disorders.
We have antacids, anti-diarrheas, bowel relaxers, inflammation
blockers, all aimed at quieting the symptoms down. Remember that
symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong and
needs to be fixed. Suppression is not the same as fixing a problem.
people have food sensitivities and allergies that put a strain on the
digestive system. Two of the most common allergens are gluten and dairy
products. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is a
sticky substance that helps keep breads moist. Often patients feel
better when they avoid gluten and diary products over a period of time.
The minimum elimination time is three weeks. This helps de-stress the
digestive system and allow it to heal.
For assistance with following a gluten free diet, click here
!Note from Dr. P:Good digestive health is critical for our overall health.
on the above statistics, the American population is suffering from
poor digestive health. As digestive health continues to decline, more
people will be looking towards natural medicine to support digestive
function. Integrative Medicine offers many remedies that have been
successfully used for over 100 years focused on restoring and repairing
this system. Remember that Integrative natural medicine focuses on
treating the cause not suppressing the symptoms, in this way health is
restored. Often patients ask me if they will need to take supplements
forever. Nothing is forever, because natural medicine treats the cause.
Often the digestive system can bounce back without the need to rely on
supplements long term.
-Be Happy, Healthy & Holistic