Digestive Wellness

Posted: November 2, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Digestive illness is slowly being more recognized as a sig. contributor to many illnesses.  One third to one half of all adults have digestive illness-more than sixty two million+ people.  Except for the common cold, digestive problems are the most common reason people seek medical advice.  It is the third largest category of illness in the United States, with a cost of $87 billion in direct medical costs and an additional $20 billion from lost days of productivity.  Medications for digestive illness tops the pharmaceutical best seller list year after year.  It started with Zantac in 1981 and was surpassed by Prilosec in 2001 ($4 billion national sales).  Constipation plagues our nation.  (No wonder everyone these days seems so uptight–Ha Ha).  On average each american pays more than $500 a year on laxatives and fiber supplements alone.

The function of digestion is to break down foods into basic components for the cells to use as energy, as building materials and catalysts.  When we eat poorly or our digestion becomes blocked and sluggish, we comprimise our cells ability to work efficiently and healthfully.

Most people dont think about digestion until it isnt working well.  We dont have to because it works automatically.  Michael Greshon MD  says in reference to the feedback the bowels give the brain-pain, bloating and nausea, “What these sensations in the gut have in common is unpleasantness. The information from the bowel that reaches unconsciousness, therefore, makes the gut an organ from which no one wishes to receive frequent progress report.”  The gut is referred to as the second brain.

When digestion is poor it can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, leaky gut which can lead to autoimmune reactions, food allergies and many other problems Americans face today.  In her book Digestive Wellness, Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN details our digestive system and links poor digestion to various illnessses such as arthritis, celiac, Crohns, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, aging, autism, malabsorption syndromes and more.

So, the moral of the story is you are not what you eat but what you absorb!  Just because you are eating something doesnt mean it is being absorbed. Many times the solution is simply correcting the diet and providing proper supplementation.  Find a qualified professional to assist you.  Often the medicine most physicians prescribe lead to other problems that often cause your health to spiral.  The average physician probably wont even consider digestion or run the proper tests. How could they in the 1-2 minutes they spend with you in this day and age?

(Info from Liz Lipski’s book Digestive Wellness)

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

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