Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic! Poop!
Ever wonder what the difference is between somebody with a health condition and somebody without?
I know it may not seem like it, but we are all the same on the inside. – Tweet this!
Yes, our genetics may differ, but more and more research is pointing to how our genetics can be influenced by our environment, making a huge impact on how our insides function.
Our gut and digestive system make up the largest gate between the outside environment and our internal environment. This gate plays an integral role in healing and disease prevention as the integrity of the intestinal barrier is an important component of inflammation. Being the gateway to health, your gut is the first to come into contact with the universe and the first line of defense between you and the universe, deciding between the good guys and the bad guys as it houses about 70 to 80 percent of the immune system.
Our human digestive system plays several other vital roles.
It processes the foods we eat, digesting the food and converting vitamins after absorption of the nutrients regulating our metabolism. The bacteria help to extract energy from undigested food products as they pass through the digestive system.
The human digestive system prevents toxins and pathogens from entering the body. – Tweet this!
It repairs any damage caused by foreign substances and the reactions they have caused in the body, such as inflammation and infection. The digestive tract is also one of the key organs in detoxification, removing toxins from the body (among others that include the liver, kidney, skin, and lungs).
Finally, the digestive system is the body’s neurotransmitter factory, as every class of brain neurotransmitters, about three-fourths of the body’s neurotransmitters, has been found in the gut, including about 90 percent of the body’s serotonin and 50 percent of the body’s dopamine. Knowledge is power, so let us briefly go through what is happening at each point in the digestive system, demonstrated in the accompanying picture.
To keep us in good health, our gut relies on carefully maintaining a symbiotic relationship with trillions of microorganisms. Your body’s defenses are constantly fighting to get rid of inflammation, and this battle results in the symptoms that keep you feeling sick.
Improving your digestive health is an essential way to overcome inflammation and chronic disease, so this is the foundation of The Holistic Rx
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