Having trouble with your digestion? There’s many things to consider, but here are some of the most important factors.

Your emotional health: If you eat during a time of heavy stress, your energy will flow away from your core and your digestive system will contract, making it much harder to properly digest your food. This will lead to nutrient deficiencies, toxic decaying matter, and strengthening pathogenic microorganisms residing in your gut.

Chewing properly: Failure to chew your food until it is “mush”, robs you of mixing it with digestive enzymes present in your saliva, making it more difficult for the sequential layers of digestive infrastructure to do their job, leading to digestive distress.

Stomach acid: Poor stomach acid can result in malabsorption of nutrients, pathogenic microorganisms infiltrating, and weakening of the digestive “flaps” that can lead to acid reflux, GERD, heartburn, and a myriad of other stomach disease labels.

Pancreatic health: A weakened pancreas fails to secrete a beneficial amount and diversity of enzymes, as well as releasing hormones that regulate your blood sugar levels and appetite, stimulate stomach acids, and tell your stomach when to empty.

Liver/Gallbladder: Your liver produces bile that helps turn fats into energy that your body uses. The gallbladder is the storehouse that releases it upon signals that the body needs to break down fats. Bile is necessary for the digestive process, especially when eating a lot of fats that need help to be broken down by this substance.

Enzymes, probiotics, and acids in the small and large intestine: All of these nutrients help break down and cultivate an inner terrain that helps dissolve infections and remediate the “soil” to ensure that it is healthy and supportive of life. Without them, digestion is hampered and dis-ease sets in, causing many disease labels like IBS, Crohn’s, diverticulitis, SIBO, and more.

Food combining: A relatively ignored topic, the foods you eat together has a tremendous impact on digestion, good and bad. Most food combinations in a traditional diet are poor, with animal proteins, starches, and sugars heading the list of a grouping that is a dangerous assault on the digestive infrastructure, especially when it is in trouble. Focusing on foods that compliment each other in digestion is vitally important when trying to overcome a digestive issue.

There are other things to consider when trying to improve your digestive capacity, and optimizing its function is arguably the most important thing to do to regain your health.

It’s called the gateway to health for a reason. Get it straightened out and many of your health problems will resolve.

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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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