Your gut is gently trying to tell you it's struggling to breakdown the food you put in it. If you are getting reflux or indigestion after you eat, this is your body overcompensating for the low acidity in your stomach. If you take an antacid medication to lower the acid further this can also be perpetuating the problem.Stomach acid and enzymes are important for the digestion of the food we eat and the nutrients we absorb. A lack of them can cause can mean that food leaves the stomach not properly broken down and the ferments in the small intestine causing bloating, burping, nutrient deficiencies or bad breath. The acidity in the stomach is also vital as a protective barrier for incoming bacteria and pathogens. A healthy stomach will disable the pathogens stopping them from entering the digestion further to cause disruption to the gut microbiome (good bugs) and your immune system. Leaving yourself with low stomach acid can lead to greater infections and increased gut symptoms.
Have you heard the term leaky gut? The cells that line our digestive system act like gates leading from the inside of the digestion into our internal body. These gateways are supposed to be closed and represent their name as 'tight junctions'. Though many things like stress, medications, alcohol, antibiotics, sugar and gluten cause these gates to stay open and become leaky and inflamed . Once this happens it open's up our body to inflammation, allergies and lowered immunity, or after a while auto-immunity. Healing the gut lining and repairing the gates is always the first step in not just gut health, but also in any conditions that involve inflammation, hormone imbalances, sinus congestion, food intolerances, hay-fever, skin conditions and auto-immune conditions like crohns, ulcerative colitis, thyroid, eczema and many, many more.
The complex eco system that lives inside your digestive system is likely to be out of balance. These bugs are called the microbiome and the in-balance is dysbiosis.Dysbiosis in the gut means when you eat foods and they enter into your small intestine or colon, the wrong bacteria in the wrong place will ferment the foods presenting you with an option of symptoms including bloating, stomach pains, nausea, aches, vomiting, diarrhoea and or constipation. Gut dysbiosis can be very challenging to get treated correctly. Using harsh antimicrobials and antibiotics have not been found to fix the problem, more often than not making it worse by depleting the gut from many of our healthy species.There are many bacterial species which have also been found through research to be associated to the presentations of different autoimmune conditions including Klebsiella with Ankylosing Spondylitis, Prevotella with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Mycobacteria with Psoriasis. If you feel you have an imbalance you need to look after it as soon as possible otherwise you will find your symptoms increasing and the journey to wellness even longer.
Yes! The liver, gallbladder and pancreas are integral parts of a healthy digestive system. Everything that goes into our mouth will at some point pass through the liver for detoxification. If you have a sluggish digestion in the morning, feel pain under the ribs with fatty foods or nausea your liver is likely to be struggling. The liver and intestine both play vital roles in breaking down histamine and hormones for clearance from the body. So it makes sense that periods / hormones, allergies and sensitivity to food and chemicals start to show up as signs of poorer health when these systems need some TLC.