50% of optimizing health is about getting good things into and absorbed by the body, and 50% is about getting rid of waste and toxins from the body efficiently.
What this means is that if your body is not eliminating waste well, your efforts with consuming healthy meals will be severely compromised.
Focusing on digestion is vital for both optimizing absorption of nutrients and for eliminating waste and toxins.
Malnourishment – the West’s Modern Epidemic
This might sound like a sweeping statement, but it is something I see day after day in my practice. In fact it is rare to see someone with a good nutritional status, regardless of whether or not they are following a healthy diet. The repercussions of this are widespread, from fatigue, depression, anxiety, to more serious, chronic health issues, such as Cancer, Dementia, and other degenerative diseases.
Poor digestion is so common today. There are many contributing factors that have brought this about, from overuse of medications and antibiotics which affect the gut flora, to high sugar diets and foods that actually deplete the body rather than feed the body.
Checklist for Digestive Inefficiency
Do you experience any of the following:
- Gas / bloating
- Digestive pain
- Headaches / Migraines / sinus problems
- Eczema / Acne / other skin problems
- Candida / Thrush
- Mental fog
These are often indicators of poor digestive function, and for optimal health should be addressed as a priority.
How to Correct Digestive Function
There are things that can be done at home to help with digestive function, such as including bone broth or fermented foods in the diet, eg sauerkraut. High quality, high potency probiotics are often a good option too. Additionally, avoiding foods that you are sensitive to is important, as well as highly processed and high sugar foods.
In my experience it usually takes an extra push to correct conditions that have generated for months or years. Diet alone has a vital role, but usually remedies in nearly all cases are required to promote healing and help return health to its optimum state. Herbs, nutritional supplements and homeopathics play an important role, and for recommendations please contact me and I will advise based on your situation.
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