It seems nearly everyone has digestive issues these days. Crohn’s, IBS, colitis, celiac, and dozens of other digestive system disorders have made an industry out of sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free products. So why is it that those with digestive system disorders can’t often fully fix them and have to follow a very strict diet or suffer the painful consequences?

Turns out, there are 5 major reasons, and if you can straighten them out, your battle against digestive issues will be largely won.

Gut flora imbalance

One of the main reasons you are not able to digest food properly is bacterial imbalance in your intestinal system. An ideal ratio for a properly functioning gut is 85 percent good bacteria to 15 percent bad, and when this is accomplished the good bacteria flourish and are allowed to do their job of digesting and absorbing certain starches, fiber, and sugars.

Unfortunately, a lifetime of habits littered with antibiotics, sugar, alcohol, toxins, and ‘dead’ food has destroyed the proper balance we require for good digestion, and has left 80% of people with a yeast overgrowth, also known as Candidiasis. Left unchecked, this overgrowth can cause thousands of disease labels, from arthritis to cancer.

Try Body Ecology’s Probiotic Beverages

Enzyme deficiency

Enzymes play a key role in our health by enabling our bodies to properly digest and use all the nutrients we take in to their greatest potential. If we do not introduce enough enzymes through our food, we put more pressure on the pancreas to produce enzymes in order to break down waste products, which eventually can leave it overworked and unable to produce the enzymes required to facilitate proper digestion.

To maximize your enzyme production, first increase your consumption of raw, organic food like papaya, pineapples, bee pollen, kefir, and fermented vegetables. Chew your food thoroughly to properly mix them with your enzyme rich saliva, which helps the process of pre-digestion.

Juicing is one way to really increase the amount of easily assimilated enzymes into your digestive system, as well as digestive and systemic enzyme supplements.

Try Body Ecology’s Digestive Aids

Healing Testimonial: I was diagnosed with IBS at a younger age and always had issues with digestion but I ate “healthy” (or so I thought). The first thing I noticed when I started the THRIVE Health Program was the weight started to fall off, and one day I noticed my energy was coming back. I wasn’t as tired and I wasn’t having my mid day crashes at work anymore. My bloating has gone away and my IBS symptoms have begun to improve. I sleep better at night and have lost about 12 lbs, and what I really love is that my kids are following some of the same protocol! Thanks Derek for all that you have done for me! – Michelle

Magnesium deficiency

Previously, it was believed that magnesium was required for up to 325 enzymatic processes, but according to new research, that number is closer to 800. This makes magnesium very important in the digestive process.

Magnesium is also heavily implicated in proper functioning of muscles, including those in the lining of your digestive tract. A deficiency in magnesium causes the peristaltic action in your digestive system to slow right down, which hinders the movement of waste, and backs up the digestive process.

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Stress

Stress creates all sorts of problems for your digestive system. It strips your body of various vitamins and minerals (B vitamins and magnesium to name a couple), tightens your muscles, slows down bowel movements, and inhibits absorption of enzymes and probiotics, as well as other nutrients.

The difficulty with stress is that it all originates within our mind. So to control and eliminate your stress, you need to “rewire” your brain to think completely differently than it has that caused the stress in the first place. This is often the most difficult thing, and most rewarding, you will do.

Keep your stress in check through chamomile, medicinal mushrooms, kefir, and acts of gratitude, meditation, and exercise.

Heavy metal toxicity

There are many types of toxins that can cause digestive distress, however, one of the most gut compromising toxins falls in the heavy metals category.

Heavy metals are introduced into our bodies in a variety of ways, but some of the more problematic gateways are through fish, vaccinations and mercury amalgams. Not only does this create a great burden for proper liver, gallbladder, and pancreas function (including secreting bile to facilitate digestion), but heavy metals also kill off good bacteria to further impair the digestive process.

Heavy metal detoxification is a delicate process and should be handled by a professional, but you can consider chlorella and cilantro to help bind and remove them from your system (if you have no metal implants in your body).

Try the Health Ranger’s Clean Chlorella

With the digestive system being the gateway to health, nothing changes until you know exactly how to heal any damage and get it under control. Following that, all other areas of the body that have unquestionably been affected (liver, gall bladder, adrenals, thyroid, and more), will need to be rejuvenated as well.

Healing Testimonial: I was experiencing very chronic GI issues that were severely impacting my life (both physically and emotionally). I had been seeing a variety of doctors with no answers or ability to help my symptoms.  Enter the THRIVE Health Program and my life was immeasurably changed for the better.  After two months on the program and learning how to REALLY eat for my health, I am a completely different person.  Not only did I see impacts to my energy (through the roof), my skin, hair and nails (so much healthier), my GI issues have almost all subsided and I feel like I have my life back again (priceless).This is a game changer. Thanks Derek – you rock! – Kristin

Sources:

Digestive Enzymes Enhance Nutrient Absorption, Gut Health, and Longevity
Enzymes and Health
When Magnesium Makes Me Worse
5 Reasons Your Digestive System Isn’t Working Properly

Derek Henry

Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Lifestyle Academy, used nutrition, natural remedies, 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 is now happier and healthier than he has ever been and now educates, coaches, and inspires thousands of others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. To date, he has helped his THRIVE participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily through healing the digestive and immune systems.

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