Most people are surprised to learn that their digestion is the cornerstone of their overall health. Seasonal allergies? Totally related to your gut. Heart disease? Ditto! If you don’t have a healthy digestive system, it is possible you are feeling the effects of this in other areas of your body as well.
What you may find even more surprising is the fact that your emotional well-being is also tied to the health of the gastrointestinal tract (GI). Serotonin, that important feel-good chemical, relies on a healthy digestive system to work optimally. So you see, if your GI health is off, you may not be living your healthiest or happiest possible life.
The truth is, nearly everything that can go wrong in your body (in the developed world) has to do with diet and the quality of foods you consume, along with how well your body digests and absorbs the nutrients found in food and then finally, your elimination. If your gut is not working optimally, chances are, neither are you!
Managing your diet goes beyond eating for thinness. It is a vital part of your overall health and longevity. Nearly all illnesses that weaken and damage your body have their origins in diet and are the consequences of poor dietary choices. We, as a society, too often ignore the signs our bodies send us in the form of symptoms in order to continue to eat to our hearts delight, thinking, erroneously, that only our waistline will suffer. What is compromised as well is our ability to digest these foods properly in order to energize and restore the system, eventually leading to dis-ease.
Getting your gastrointestinal health in order will deliver amazing rewards. From increased energy and vitality to improved mood and confidence, a few simple shifts in your eating habits can help you not only feel great, but also look great. Not only can you finally be free of heartburn, reflux, constipation or diarrhea, but you can also begin to contribute to your health and longevity by being mindful of your diet and digestion.
After years of doing this work, gastrointestinal illnesses and imbalances have become my specialty. I have seen people who, after 30+ years of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, had a cessation of symptoms within 24 hours from merely a change in diet. The body is a truly incredible healing system. It is designed to work towards your health and longevity, not against it. All it needs is the proper care.