You may be surprised to learn that many of the health problems we face as a society – such as autoimmune disorders, food sensitivities, heart conditions and even Alzheimer’s disease – can be traced back to our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract, also called the gut, involves the stomach, intestines and all organs involved in digestion. How can the GI tract influence these seemingly unrelated health problems?
About 70 percent of our immune system is located in the gut. When it becomes inflamed, our immune system doesn’t work properly and other problems present themselves. Inflammation occurs when we expose our bodies to foods it’s not meant to absorb. For example, the body cannot properly digest the chemicals from processed foods. The natural pH balance of the GI tract is thrown off by too much red meat and not enough fruits and vegetables. Some foods, such as the trans fats in chips, damage the gut and disrupt its cell lining. This is called ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’. Without proper nutrition, the “good” bacteria found in the gut cannot grow and abnormal bacteria and fungi start to grow. As a result, individuals with the syndrome can experience bloating, cramping, fatigue and other symptoms.
At Ways to Wellness MD, we provide focused diagnosis and testing of digestive problems. Your physician can test how well your digestive system is working and if you have food sensitivities that may be affecting it. Together, you will take steps to help heal your GI tract to reduce inflammation. Treatment includes learning how to eat for a healthy gut. It may also include supplements to reduce inflammation and enhance “good” bacteria in the system. “Good” bacteria aid in digestion as well as help the immune system ward off infection and disease.
Benefits of Achieving a Healthy Gut
At Ways to Wellness MD, we believe that if the GI tract is not working properly, nothing is. Reducing inflammation and achieving a healthy gut can benefit many aspects of life. Just a few include:
- Reduce bloating and abdominal pain
- Improve bowel function
- Increase attention span and overall focus
- Reduce risk of illness
- Improve energy
- Eradicate other symptoms, such as skin rashes or headaches, which can be associated with gut problems