you are what you absorb
Excellent health requires proper digestion. Nutrients absorbed through the digestive system are fundamental to hormonal health, immunological health, proper detoxification and protection from free radicals. Our digestive systems must interact intimately with the external environment, breaking down and absorbing nutrients while excluding toxins. This constant contact leaves the digestive system vulnerable to damage and imbalance. For reasons touched on below, people with damaged digestive systems experience symptoms not only in their digestive systems, but in their entire bodies. Scientists have established that there are clear links between digestive disorders and arthritis, autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and psoriasis
When Digestion is not Balanced,
Problems can arise in the Immune System Because
Anything that damages the digestive membranes allows incursion of "foreign" substances
When toxins and undigested food encounter the immune cells, the immune cells are activated.
Activated, the immune system creates antibodies
Antibodies against food particles can leave you feeling ill whenever you eat those foods.
Problems can Arise With Detoxification Because
Healthy digestion requires the aid of Healthy Bacteria in the colon
When these bacteria are killed (usually through antibiotics) Two things happen:
The protective coating these bacteria secrete is lost from the digestive track
Bad bacteria can grow in the colon, secreting toxins, increasing the load to the detoxification systems in the body
The body loses the detoxifying benefit of good bacteria, which break down many harmful substances, estrogen for example. This is thought to be the reason that there is an increased incidence of breast cancer in women who have taken antibiotics.
An Imbalanced Digestive System Can Be Healed with the 4R Program
Learn more about digestive health
Typical Patient with Digestive Imbalance
Link to article on Colonic Bacteria
Leaky Gut and Food Allergies