I find that most people are shocked to find out just how connected your digestive system is to every other body system. Your gut is the hub of your entire body.
The Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract is approximately a thirty-foot long tube running from the mouth to the anus. To put this into perspective if you could straighten out this tube, you could shine a flashlight all the way to the end (Watch live GI Tract video to learn more).
What takes place in your digestive system is nothing short of miraculous. It is designed to digest food and absorb nutrients, electrolytes, and water. It is also a barrier that prevents harmful substances, unwanted bacteria, parasites, and toxins from getting into the bloodstream.
Your GI tract contains the largest immune tissue in the body called Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT). The Galt stores B and T Lymphocytes which defend against invaders, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and many other microorganisms. It is so critical to have a healthy digestive system as over 60 percent of your lymphatic system or immune system is interwoven with your gut.
My famous saying is, “There are no fences in your body.” If you don’t digest your food well or if you are not eliminating daily, it will be impossible to obtain optimal health. My nickname in the lecture world is Dr. Poop for a reason. The most important thing I teach is the connection your digestive system has with your entire body; the health of your colon affects every aspect of your health (See Detox & Colon Cleansing page). Long before you have problems with the respiratory, Immune, structural, or even your circulatory system, you more than likely had a problem with digestion and elimination. By learning how these systems work, you can better understand where the root of your imbalance stems.
You may have heard of the term leaky gut syndrome, a condition in which the tight cellular junctions inside the small intestines become inflamed and loose, or weakened, allowing passage of unwanted substances (like gluten and certain proteins from dairy) to leak through the walls of the small intestine and into the bloodstream. This is now being heavily researched as a root cause for many autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, thyroiditis, Crohns’s rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, and even multiple sclerosis (See Immune page).
One of the major reasons for leaky gut is an overgrowth of harmful gut bacteria known as dysbiosis or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. So, it is critical to have a healthy number of friendly bacteria inside your digestive system. Taking the right type probiotics can be essential to rebuilding your body’s first line of defense against disease.
One of most common over used medications, which can be extremely dangerous to your health, is antacids or Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s). These medications are usually used for acid reflux, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or stomach ulcers. They work by neutralizing stomach acid, which can block absorption of vital nutrients from your food. Long-term use leads to malnutrition and even osteoporosis.
What most people don’t know is they are addictive, can cause rebound acid, and actually increase gastric acid secretion totally interfering with how your digestive system should work. These medications deplete the body of critical nutrients because these drugs alter the pH of the Gut.
I have specialized in digestive health for many years, below you will see some to the key nutritional formulas I use to help support a healthy digestive system, along with a whole foods diet, as well as tips for to improve your digestion.
Long-term use of commonly prescribed drugs like PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), traditionally used for gastrointestinal conditions, can have many negative side effects. Acid-blocking drugs cut acid production too much, causing the inadequate breakdown of food and results in the inability to effectively absorb calcium, vitamins, and minerals in the digestive process.
This can adversely affect the balance of the entire body system and in some cases lead to osteoporosis. Withdrawal from PPI’s can lead to severe rebound acid secretion, a complication that can force users to become dependent on them.
Aloe is an excellent supplement for addressing gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcers, GERD, acid reflux, ulcerative colitis, or constipation. Unlike prescription medications, aloe juice can be used long-term with no side-effects. Because of this, and the added benefits to the entire digestive tract and immune system, it is the very first product I use to improve the condition of the digestive tract.
Many of my clients who have suffered with acid reflux so severe they could not sleep lying on their back, found amazing results using Isotonix digestive enzymes after their largest meals along with drinking the Ultimate Aloe juice each day to help sooth and calm irritated tissues inside the GI tract.
Ultimate Aloe® won the International Aloe Science Council award for the highest level of polysaccharides. Many aloe products on the market are not concentrated and do not have enough active ingredients to be effective.
Stomach acid decreases as we age. As we grow older our level of stomach acids naturally decrease. When we eat heavy foods or eat a huge meal we don’t have enough acids to break down these foods. The stomach overcompensates and begins to produce extra acid which then can create acid reflux problems over time. If we take digestive enzymes with our meals we take the pressure off of the stomach. Because of the digestive enzymes it does not need to produce excess acids to help break down the foods. Digestive enzymes help your body’s natural digestive processes.
nutraMetrix Digestive Enzyme Formula with Probiotics helps to replenish the essential enzymes-amylase, protease, cellulose, lactase, lipase, maltase, and sucrase and “good” bacteria – Lactobacillus sporogenes, necessary for maximum absorption of nutrients from the food we eat. Unlike tablet digestive aids this formula presented in an Isotonix delivery system meaning it is broken down and ready to go to work on liquifying the food you consume.
nutraMetrix NutriClean® Probiotics are 10 carefully selected bacterial strains with a unique role to help your body maintain bacterial balance and optimal digestive health. The digestive system is a primary part of immune defense, containing approximately 70 percent of the body’s immune system. Studies have shown that aloe consumed orally promotes normal digestion and supports a healthy immune system.
In today’s world of processed and fast foods, you are what you eat. With the less than ideal standard American diet, the body must work harder to break down food, absorb nutrients and get rid of waste. Maintaining digestive and immune health depends on a combination of optimal bacterial balance and maximum nutrient absorption.
Each product in the Digestive Health Kit works synergistically to support digestive comfort, regularity, immune function, proper nutrient absorption and promotes the balance of good bacteria in the gut.
Plus, by purchasing the nutraMetrix Digestive Health Kit instead of buying these products individually you save 22% – a $19.90 value!
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Dr. Sheryl Duchess , N.D., M.H., Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Master Herbalist, Public Speaker, Educator
Dr.Sheryl is certified naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to educating and helping people find a more natural approach to wellness. She explains the root cause of disease and shares the secrets of a naturopath through her wellness course, videos, and mentoring opportunities.
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