Abdominal Bloating & Pain
IBS ? IBD? Bloating? Abdominal Pain? Diarrhoea? Constipation? How healthy is your digestive system?
Chances are you have digestive issues. And you’re not alone.
In Australia seventy percent of people say digestive concerns negatively impact their lives every single day. Many suffer in silent embarrassment, worry and discomfort over the rumbling and gurgling - the cramps, bloating and gas, the constipation or diarrhoea.
If your digestive tract isn’t operating efficiently, you have too few friendly bacteria and an overabundance of the bad stuff, so your body doesn’t make use of all the nutrients you’re feeding it.
Your healthy diet won’t matter, nor will the nutritional supplements you take. If your digestive system isn’t operating efficiently, you aren’t getting the full benefit of your good nutritional habits. Not only is your health at risk, but you’re throwing money away on high-quality food and nutritional supplements that your body can’t make use of.
The good news
Improving the health of your digestive system is often as simple as achieving the right balance of good and bad gut bacteria. Three very positive changes occur when your good-to-bad intestinal bacteria ratio is brought into balance:
1. Your digestive symptoms diminish or disappear, leaving you comfortable and happy to enjoy every day to the fullest.
2. Your body begins to use all the good food and nutritional supplements you feed it.
3. Your immune system improves and is better equipped to fight off disease.
All in all you are able to live a better, healthier and happier life.
How does my digestion get out of whack?
There are many reasons why your digestive system can be upset and so develop into uncomfortable symptoms.
1. Have you taken a course of antibiotics recently? Antibiotics kill off both bad and good bacteria. If you don’t have enough good bacteria in your colon to control the growth of the bad guys, the balance will tip in favour of unfriendly bacteria.
2. You’ve contracted disease-carrying bad guys such as the Clostridium difficult bacterium, or yeasts … or fungi. Perhaps even parasites.
3. You have been under stress physical, emotional and or mental. All stress affects the way you digest your food and even what foods you choose to eat
4. Bacterial imbalance in your gut can be made worse by processed foods and foods that have been pasteurized or sterilized.
5. Other factors affecting your good-to-bad bacteria ratio include where you live, your age, your stress level, and any health issues you may have.
Things You Can Do To Support Your Digestive Health
1. Your nervous system and brain stores the memory of how to digest foods. It has learnt this over years of repetition, just like when you learned to walk. It becomes automatic and unconscious. So if your digestive issues have been around for a long time your nervous system will be stuck in that habit and may benefit from a retraining session.
Neuro Training and Kinesiology will help retrain your nervous system to create a new habit for you digestive system so you can live a happier healthier life without those uncomfortable and often debilitating symptoms.
2. Eat Fermented Foods.
Fermented foods act as natural fertilizers, providing nutrients and promoting growth of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. For ages, humans have used fermented foods to improve intestinal health. In fact, people of Bulgarian and Asian descent are known for their longevity – and their consumption of fermented foods.
Traditionally fermented foods contain living micro-organisms that replenish the friendly bacteria in your digestive tract.
A few of the foods in this group include:
- Fermented milk
3. Take a Probiotic regularly for optimum health.
The word probiotics means ‘for life.’ The dietary supplement was invented by Elie Metchnikoff, a Russian physiologist and Nobel prize winner. Metchnikoff was the first to suggest that consuming acid-producing live organisms maintained the vitality of your large intestine, leading to a longer and healthier life.
Like those found in traditionally fermented foods, the live micro-organisms in probiotic supplements help to replenish and maintain the friendly bacteria in your intestinal tract.
Good bacteria drive down the pH of your gut, which creates an inhospitable environment for bad bacteria. The result is that the good guys flourish and the bad guys are kept in check.
About 80 percent of the cells of your immune system are located in your digestive tract. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why the health of your colon dictates your overall health. When gut bacteria is out of balance not only is your digestion and feeling of well-being compromised, so is your immune system - and therefore your ability to defend against serious illness and disease.
Why do we need this friendly bacteria?
Digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates.
Without good gut bacteria, your body cannot absorb certain undigested starches, fibre, and sugars. The friendly bacteria in your digestive tract convert these carbohydrates into primary sources of important energy and nutrients.
Keeping bad bacteria under control.
Simply stated, friendly bacteria compete with the bad guys in your digestive tract. This beneficial bacteria are essential for absorption of your nutrients and attachment sites within your colon.
The good bacteria tell your body how much nutrition they need and your body responds by supplying just that much and no more - so that any excess bad bacteria are starved out. The helpful bacteria also produce a substance that kills harmful microbes.
Friendly bacteria train your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately. This important function prevents your immune system from overreacting to non-harmful antigens, which is the genesis of allergies.
Providing vital support to your immune system.
Beneficial bacteria have a lifelong, powerful affect on your gut’s immune system and your systemic immune system as well. The bacteria play a crucial role the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract. They also aid in the production of antibodies to pathogens.