Today's diet, which often consists of large amounts of processed foods, high sugar, trans fats, pesticides and genetically modified plants put a lot of strain on our digestive system. Too many of these adverse stressors can lead to symptoms such as bloating, gas, wind, burping and irritable bowel syndrome to more serious conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and even bowel cancer.
It is important to understand that our body systems are all interconnected so anything harmful occurring in the gut can have negative affect not only on the gut but elsewhere in the body as well. For instance the gut and the brain are connected by a large network of nerve cells as well as hormones and chemicals, these are involved in the expression of hunger, stress and immunity, which is why the gut is often considered the second brain. It also explains one of the reasons why stress can have such damaging effect on digestion.
Furthermore, with over 70% of the immune system residing in the gut in the form of microflora (good and bad bacteria), it is no surprise that an imbalance in this flora, can adversely affect the immune system as well as other body systems.
If you have chronic issues with symptoms such as bloating, gas, cramps, burping, pain or any diagnosed gut conditions, Nutritional Therapy could be suitable for you.
Élie Metchnikoff coined the phrase
"Death Begins in the Colon"
It may be a simplified way of looking at health but does it have any truth in it?