Your key to youth is a healthy functioning Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract. How well it performs determines your overall health, and how slow or fast you age.. The GI tract is a hollow tube that starts in your mouth and ends at the end of your colon. What you eat and drink matters, but not as much as whether your body can utilize what you ingest.
How Your Digestive System Works
Food is digested and broken down into appropriate sized molecules in the GI “hollow tube” tract. The molecules are then transported across the digestive tract membrane into the blood where they are delivered to the rest of your body. From the blood these molecules go into the cells and are used for body growth, tissue repair, and energy production.
A healthy functioning GI tract also has a very important role in prevention. The GI tract acts as a protective tissue barrier keeping toxic unhealthy materials, microbes, and debris from entering into your circulation. A healthy GI tract can effectively and routinely attack these unhealthy materials, compact them, and eliminate them from your body. Your ability to stay young depends upon the efficiency of your digestive system.
When Your Digestive System Does Not Work
Digestive difficulties develop when there are insufficient digestive enzymes in your GI tract to cause the proper breakdown of foods eaten. When food is not properly digested it can ferment, putrefy, become rancid, and injure the lining of the GI tract. When the cell lining of the GI tract becomes injured, the protective barrier becomes more permeable to undigested food particles.
Leaky Gut Syndrome develops when the undigested food particles leak through the intestinal lining. These food particles cause pain and inflammation. They are viewed as irritants by the immune system, which attacks them. This process occurs because your digestive system is unable to successfully do its job and digest the food properly.
Digestive enzymes are normally made by the pancreas to neutralize the stomach acid. The failure to neutralize stomach acid occurs when there is a systemic mineral deficiency. Insufficient production of digestive enzymes then creates an acid digestive tract. The normal blood pH shifts when the digestive tract is too acid. An overly acid and poor digestive system is reflected in the blood, and can be viewed using Live Cell Analysis.
Live Cell Analysis reveals a clumping and overlapping of red blood cells when poor digestion exists. Red blood cells that are too close together cannot carry sufficient oxygen, resulting in fatigue and other health issues. Your body ages faster when improper digestion occurs. A healthy digestive system is part of the secret to anti-aging.
Healthy red blood cells are spaced apart to carry oxygen when the digestive system is fully functioning.
Indications of a Poor Digestive System
Common signs of a malfunctioning GI tract include bloating, acid reflux, belching/gas, indigestion following the ingestion of fats, oils, and/or protein, light colored stools, pain on the upper right side of the abdomen, gall stone formation, constipation, dry skin, skin rashes, and pain in the neck and upper back or between the shoulder blades.
When a Leaky Gut exists it sets the stage for a variety of chronic illnesses and food allergies. Various digestive difficulties develop including acid indigestion, acid reflux, leaky gut syndrome, gas and bloating, stomach burning, increasing food allergies and sensitivities, irritable bowel, and mal-absorption syndrome, creating additional nutritional deficiencies. Poor digestion also results in unwanted weight gain, which gets worse as your body ages.
Food allergies and sensitivities, and Leaky Gut are on the rise due to changes in diet. Chronic sinus congestion or sinus headaches are also more common, and are often indicative of hidden food allergies. There are many people who are allergic to gluten, the most common component of grains, including wheat. Allergic reactions to dairy, corn and soy also are increasing, as more products contain these items. Diets high in refined and processed foods can also cause an allergic reaction in the GI tract.
Solutions to Improve Your Digestion
Make sure that your diet includes lots of uncooked fresh fruits and vegetables. Raw food contains digestive enzymes that are destroyed by cooking. To improve your digestive system, make sure that your production of digestive enzymes is sufficient.
Drink live antioxidant water that is rich in healthy minerals to help improve digestion. With a properly working digestive system your body can use more of what you eat, and keep you young and vibrant.
Not sure if your digestive system is working correctly? Visit an alternative practitioner that is trained to evaluate the function of the digestive system. They do not prescribe medications to manage the symptoms of a malfunctioning system. Instead, they make simple dietary and lifestyle recommendations to improve it.
Dr. Carol Ann Fischer