We are not only what we eat, but also what we absorb from what we eat. Every cell in every organ depends on your body’s digestive system to provide the nutrients needed for optimal function. For many, a lifetime of nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, and frequent antibiotic or prescription drug use can be at the root of digestive problems. It is easy to ignore symptoms such as occasional heartburn, bloating and constipation and assume that they are normal. However, these symptoms are actually your body’s signal that something is out of balance.
Many people do not know that at least seventy percent of our immune system is located in or around our digestive tracts, so when digestion is compromised, not only does our nutrient status suffer, but this can place a burden on our immune system.
The digestive tract manufactures a wide variety of neurotransmitters; in fact, ninety percent of all serotonin is made in the gut. Bacteria in our intestinal tract weigh nearly three and one-half pounds and are metabolically active releasing many substances that are absorbed across the intestinal barrier. A number of these substances such as vitamins and amino acids are beneficial to our health. Other substances which come from harmful bacteria may alter our systems in a way that increases susceptibility to chronic illness. Having a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria is very important for overall digestive health. Digestive imbalances can contribute to other health issues including migraine headaches, autoimmune diseases, eczema, and food sensitivities to name a few.