The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is one long tube, tongue to tail, with different functions along the way. These varying functions all need to work together in a coordinated fashion to create optimal digestion, absorption (link to “middle” page) and elimination (link to “lower” page). And without proper GI tract function, we simply cannot have robust health.
Proper “digestion” is a complex, well-choreographed series of events with one end goal - breaking down the food we eat into microscopic-sized particles so that they may be absorbed into the body as “nutrition”. The job of digestion is carried out in the upper section of the GI tract - in the brain, mouth, stomach and duodenum.
But what happens when the choreography of this dance falls out of rhythm? When some steps are missing or delayed? This is when we suffer with conditions such as:
- Heartburn or Reflux (also known as GERD, gastro-esophageal reflux disease) – the pain from stomach acid rising upwards and burning the delicate tissues of the lower esophagus. Conventional medicine offers drugs to minimize or eliminate stomach acid, but did you even stop to consider the important job that stomach acid is there to do? Without stomach acid we cannot properly digest proteins into the amino acids needed to maintain our body tissues, to build neurotransmitters for mental wellness, and to create hormones for vigor and vitality.
- Gas and/or bloating - the painful pressure that eventually gets relieved either upward (belching or burping) or downward (flatulence or farting). When upper digestion functions flawlessly we are unaware of it – it happens in the background. But with the pain and discomfort of gas and bloating it is anything BUT silent. The stomach expands excessively, twists and turns painfully, gurgles and grinds loudly, and dominates our lives. Gas and bloating may be common, but they are not normal! And they are completely avoidable.
- Gallbladder pain, cramping or stones – pain under the right-side ribs, which if left to progress often result in an unnecessary, health-limiting cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). Conventional medicine believes that the gallbladder is an “unnecessary” organ. If this is true, then why do that majority of people suffer horrendous pain and declining health after having their gallbladders removed? The gallbladder performs several very important functions in the body, and is NOT dispensable. Best of all, restoring health to a struggling gallbladder is easy with proper nutrition.
The vast majority of these painful, uncomfortable conditions can be relieved with nutritional intervention.
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