Did you know? 80% of your immune system is in the digestive system. Commonly referred to as the gut, a healthy gut ensures our bodies can fight infections. If you get sick all the time, it’s likely because your digestive system isn’t healthy.
Your gut is responsible to taking the food you eat and turning it into nutrition for the body. A compromised digestive system means you may not be processing food; you may be malnourished to some extent.
Neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers in the nervous system, are produced in the digestive system. If the gut isn’t healthy, mood can be altered.
What are the most common causes of digestive system issues?
- Antibiotics decrease the good bacteria in the gut, leading to a variety of discomfort and other issues.
- Medications, not just antibiotics, often cause more harm than good. In naturopathic medicine, we use these only after exhausting natural remedies or in high risk cases.
- Processed foods cause your body to work harder. Our bodies aren’t meant to process man-made ingredients found in processed foods. Naturally occurring foods like fruits and vegetables are more easily digested and put less stress on the digestive system.
- Environmental toxins are bad for our body, causing infection or making it work harder to fight infection. They can also act as hormones, throwing off the balances of what our bodies naturally make.
- Stress causes a variety of health problems, including digestive system and sleep issues.
A healthy digestive system is essential for our bodies to function properly. Adjustments to foods and a creating a healthy environment in the gut help our bodies function at optimal levels.