Updated: Sep 19, 2021
Poor digestion can quickly start to impact the rest of the body. We are what we absorb, and if we are not able to absorb and assimilate the nutrients we take in - our cells don't get what they need to function. We start to become deficient, our bodies pull minerals and nutrients from other areas in order to maintain homeostasis and carry out critical functions. It becomes a rob Peter to pay Paul scenario. We start to lose our bone density, our nervous system may become deficient in essential fatty acids, or we may start to experience chronic fatigue, dry skin, or low hormone function.
In addition to not absorbing nutrients from the food we're eating - what we're eating is often what is damaging our digestion in the first place. This creates inflammation, triggering an immune response, leading to many food sensitivities and symptoms of fatigue, headaches, rashes, eczema, neurological symptoms and more!
The most common culprits that damage our digestion come from foods that man has "messed with". Meaning they have been modified genetically, sprayed with pesticides or herbicides, or processed and contain preservatives or additives of some sort that aren't true foods. These types of foods are irritating to the gut wall causing inflammation. This inflammation compromises the integrity of the gut wall leading to permeability or leaky gut syndrome. When one has leaky gut syndrome, small particles of food that have not been fully digested are able to permeate through the gut lining. This triggers an immune response as the body does not recognize the undigested proteins. This is the underlying cause for food sensitivities.
Have you ever herd of the gut/brain connection? Our gut contains roughly 100 trillion microorganisms that interact with our brain. Everything we eat has an effect on our microbiome, either feeding the good bacteria and helping them flourish, or feeding the bad bacteria. When our bacteria is out of balance, we start to feel rotten. The bad bacteria produce many toxic by-products putting a strain on the liver as it struggles to clear these toxins. An overabundance of bad bacteria will also lead to hormonal imbalances as the bacteria also produce estrogen-like by-products. This leads to symptoms of estrogen dominance such as heavy periods, PMS, acne, irregular cycles and so on. In addition to all of this, we have "feel good" neurotransmitters - dopamine and serotonin, that are produced in a healthy gut. This is how when our gut health is compromised, we can start to experience depression and mood disorders.
The good news is that with a proper gut health program, we can restore our digestion and gut health and get back to looking and feeling our best!