Digestive health is such an important element when looking at overall wellness and vitality. If your body is not optimally digesting food you may be missing out on essential nutrients needed for bodily processes and function. As science and medicine is continuously evolving, research is vastly uncovering that the gastrointestinal system is intricately connected to you brain, skin, kidneys and many other parts of the body that contributes to moods, energy, skin health, weight management, immune function and endocrine health. So as you can imagine it’s immensely important to make sure your gut is functioning to the best of its ability.
The Gastrointestinal System
The gastrointestinal system is a complex multi organ system with the important role of breaking down food into forms and sizes that are small enough to be absorbed and utilised by cells within the body. It is a tubular system that includes your oral cavity, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine. Each organ has its own role and part to contribute to digestion. In a simple way imagine the digestive system operating as a machine. If one part is not working properly it can cause disfunction in the whole system.
When it doesn’t feel right
How often are you finding your self with signs and symptoms like:
- Distention of the abdomen
- Increased gas
- Altered bowel motions (infrequent or overly frequent)
- Abdominal pain
- or overall just feeling uncomfortable
Digestive upset is something that is commonly put up with or dismissed. The symptoms mentioned above are all signs that your gastrointestinal system is not optimally functioning. Many factors internal and external need to be considered when looking at digestion. This might include where we eat, the speed food is ingested, what foods and how much is being consumed and how is your gastrointestinal system functioning with the overall process of ingestion, mastication (chewing), secretion, motility, digestion, absorption and excretion. Other factors such as medication use, stress and lifestyle also play a role in disrupting digestive health, it’s not just about food.
Digestive upset is common and is something that everyone has usually experienced at one point in their lives.
Learning to listen your body and taking note of how you feel is the first step in acknowledging that something isn’t right.
If you feel that your digestion is not functioning right and your finding yourself with any of the symptoms mentioned above there is something you can do about it. As a qualified nutritionist the appropriate treatment plan and investigation will be formulated to your specific health requirements.
Don’t put up with it any longer. Contact me today to get your digestion back on track or for any queries you may have.
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