Did you know that what certain foods can be contributing to digestive problems?
Digestive issues seem to be an epidemic in the U.S. Are you or someone you know on stomach medications, suffering from gas, bloating, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea? If so, your body is starving for nutrition.
America stands out as the shining example of poor nutrition. There is a popular acronym used in the dietary health field and it is called SAD. This stands for Standard American Diet. Understand there is no implication that every other country has perfectly healthy diets. There are people in places all over the world suffering from the consequences of a poor diet.
In America, poor nutrition is rampant through all economic classes. Poor nutrition comes from a lack of nutrients. Poor nutrition also comes from the vast variety of processed foods full of additives and sugars. Not to mention the junk foods that fill supermarket shelves and the endless options in fast food restaurants that offer quick fix meals for our fast-paced lives that overlook the main purposes of eating, nutrition!
What Is Poor Nutrition?
The most obvious aspect of an unhealthy diet is an abundance of processed foods and a lack of fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains and healthy fats. What has happened is people have created a lifestyle in which they mostly consume fast food and processed foods.
There is a common misunderstanding about what food actually is. The misunderstanding is that food is only something, which tastes good and is eaten to fill up the stomach. This is only true if you are starving. Real food has nutritional content such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, and natural, non-processed carbohydrates. Food is Medicine as Hippocrates stated so well, all the way back in about 460 BC.
Nourishing your body with healthy nutrient dense food equals good health. Feed your body foods lacking of nutrition and you are apt to feel ill in some way. Let me show you what I mean.
Poor Nutrition And Intestinal Health
A diet low in fiber and high in saturated fats leads to constipation. Constipation is a serious issue. Many people are chronically constipated today. Your body must eliminate what it digests, ideally within eight to ten hours after consumption. In order for this to happen, there has to be plenty of fiber in the diet and sufficient water intake. Without the right amount of fiber and water, stools become hard and it is difficult for the intestines to move them out. This causes the colon to swell as it holds feces for days or even weeks.
Did you know you should be having bowel movements every day? It is not normal to go two days or even a week without a bowel movement?
When you are constipated your body has to compensate for the overload, the colon develops diverticula, which are finger-like growths or pouches stemming from the colon walls. Next diverticulitis sets in when the diverticula become infected and inflamed. According to Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND, a renowned and respected Naturopathic Physician, this leads to inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and other serious digestive diseases.
Nutrient absorption declines rapidly and the rest of the body suffers further disease. Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have proven a clear link with a diet low in fibers from fruits and vegetables and colon cancer.
Fiber Is Not All You Need
One could take this information and assume they can simply add a fiber supplement to their diets and then they can eat all the nutritionally deficient food desired. The reality is that a balanced group of nutrients is required in order to maintain optimal digestive health. There are several nutrients, which are the basic essentials:
- Healthy fats
Without all of these nutrients in proper balance, the digestive system develops toxicity and disease, further disrupting nutrient absorption. With regard to fiber, we need between 25-30 grams daily, consumed throughout the day. This fiber should come from fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The USDA recommends 5-9 full servings of whole fruits and vegetables daily. In other words, you want to be consuming more fruits and vegetables as the foundation to a healthy diet.
Interestingly, when you eat 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruits daily, not only do you avoid constipation, you get plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The idea is to cut out processed foods and fast foods and eat whole foods in their original form.
Start to optimize your diet and get the proper nutrition. Then digestive problems can begin to heal. Follow a “rainbow diet.” Colorful fruits and vegetables are the ones containing high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The good news is that while poor nutrition contributes to digestive problems, good nutrition leads to digestive healing.
If you would like to learn more about healing your gut, soon I will be offering you the chance to work with me. Coming August, 2018 you will be able to schedule a virtual appointment. We can discuss your specific digestive issues such as irritable bowel, leaky gut, food sensitivities and more. Isn’t it time you found out how to get on the right path to healing your gut and end the suffering? I have helped thousands over the years do just that.