The expression “you are what you eat” would best be explained as “you are what you digest”. Everyone’s digestive system is unique. Understanding your digestive health and what impacts it is essential to promoting optimal health.
We tend to think of the digestive tract as just a food processing system. It is much more than that. In fact, more than half of our immune system is located in the intestinal tract.
Nourishing the body is a complex act and with so many organs involved, problems can occur easily. A functional problem on any organ will throw a wrench into the entire process.
In future articles, common GI complaints and diagnoses- gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) constipation, diarrhea, celiac disease, etc and the nutritional strategies to assist in the management of them, will be addressed.
If you feel you are currently nourishing your body correctly and treating your digestive tract well but still have digestive complaints, see your physician to rule out medical conditions. Food sensitivities may need to be addressed so that you can get to the underlying causes of your poor digestion, resolve them, and begin reaping the health benefits of optimal digestion. Ignoring it will not make it go away.