It would be difficult to overstate the importance of good digestion to overall health. Good health comes from good food, yet even the highest quality food fails in its health building qualities if the. Whole food nutrients don’t reach the bodies tissues. The main processes of digestion consist of absorption and elimination. The digestive system must be able to identify substances necessary to maintain health and selectively take those into circulation while. Keeping out toxins. The same digestive system must be able to identify the wastes and detrimental substances and subsequently process and eliminate those. Through intact protection and defense systems. Vitality
Treating the Root Cause of Chronic Disease
Digestion involves the breakdown of larger molecules into smaller units: Proteins into their component amino acids, carbohydrates into monosaccharides, and fats into fatty acids. Fat–soluble nutrients (fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K) must first undergo emulsification with bile and then be absorbed into the lymphatic system. Defects with either water or fat–soluble pathways will result in correlating specific nutrient deficiencies. Vitality
The overuse of antibiotics, many prescription drugs, and natural aging can cause a decline in digestive function. A core naturopathic principle is that health and dysfunction of the gut is at the core of whole–body disease. As we age, enzyme output, stomach acid production, and bile secretion all decline;As a result, many people self medicate with over–the–counter aids that may temporarily resolve digestive discomforts, but do nothing to address the underlying issues at the root of their problems.
Digestive decline can manifest as nutrient malabsorption, or as GI symptoms such as gas, bloating, or constipation. These symptoms may be mild or increasingly, moderate to severe. However, if left unaddressed they have the potential to lead to serious consequences such as autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, hormonal problems, neurological disorders, osteoporosis, and even cardiovascular disease. Vitality
Good digestion and assimilation of nutrients is painless and quiet. In fact, with proper digestion you should eat a meal and not even be aware that your food is digesting. With poor digestion one feels distressed and aggravated, sometimes during and most often after the meal. Bad digestion has a cumulative effect, and over time the absence of nutritional essentials leads to poor digestion and conditions of deficiency. Enzymes and proper gut PH are the keys to the digestion, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients. Vitality
Free Self Test:
Bowel transit time (BTT) is just one important indicator of digestive health. This is the time it takes food to go from your mouth to your anus. To get a rough idea of the efficiency of your bodies BTT, eat two beets and look to see when your stool begins to show a very red color. You should begin to see this between 12 and 14 hours after ingestion of the beets and the red color should no longer be visible after 24 to, at most, 36 hours after.By Bruce LeTourneau, ACN