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Tag: digestion

Intestinal Absorption Map: How Your Intestines Absorb Nutrients

Again today I heard from another client whose physicians wanted to remove a section of their bowels in hopes this move would clear up their gut distress. My advice is always to hold on to all of your insides!Nutrient absorption sites in bowels

Every piece of the human body has a specific function and reason for being there in the first place, and if you remove it you may or may not find lasting relief. You may instead find yourself in a whole new nightmare.

Gastro-intestinal surgeons blithely perform colonectomies and bowl re-sections and then may send the patient home without any advice that their redesigned bowels will not be functioning like a normal, healthy person’s bowels should. These patients are often not adequately counseled in regards to moving forward with their diet in light of their altered digestion and nutritional needs.

In short, one section of your intestines is not necessarily just like any other. Check out this map of intestinal absorption sites to see how the nutritional receptors differ by location in the digestive system.

Losing a piece of intestine as a solution for IBS, Crohn’s Disease, or other mysterious abdominal problems should always be a  last resort. There are other solutions for IBS to try before allowing yourself to be eviscerated.

Are Probiotics Helpful for Kids?

In a word: Yes.

Goodbelly nondairy probiotic fruit drink.
One of my preferred methods of delivering probiotics is Good Belly probiotic juice drink, and Parents Magazine concurs.

Yes, yes, yes.

Probiotics can help with many, many issues for kids as well as adults, and should be de rigueur for everyone after completing a round of antibiotics, for starters.

Probiotics, in case you don’t know, are the “good” bacteria that live in our guts and help us digest our food. Each person, indeed, each mammal, is host to a unique colony of micro-bacteria that begins to develop in the womb and continues to populate throughout your life as you live and eat. Each person’s microbial biome is a unique as a fingerprint.

Antibiotics can wipe out entire colonies of good bacteria along with the bad, and the good bugs must be replenished through ingestion. Sickness, fever, viral infections, acidosis (when the body is too acidic), food poisoning, parasites, and other issues can also cause a deficiency of good bacteria in the gut, leading to incomplete digestion.

Incomplete or inefficient digestion can play a role in everything from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease to eczema, fatigue, constipation, or headaches in children and adults. Studies have shown that probiotics can help by improving digestion.

At least 80% of our health status is directly related to the health of our digestive tract. Probiotics and plant-based digestive enzymes can help get yours back on track. An Enzyme Urinalysis is a scientific analysis of your urine to see what is happening –or not happening– in your digestive system.

Video of How Your Stomach Digests (or doesn’t) Processed Foods

It seems so much of what I do these days as a Naturopath practicing holistic nutrition for people in chronic physical distress is focused around digestion. Digestive issues go hand-in-hand with most chronic ailments as either the root cause or an unfortunate side effect of inflammation. But have you ever wondered what digestion actually looks like?

For over a decade I’ve been a vocal evangelist for the benefits of eating whole foods rather than processed foods. Finally, there is a video that graphically shows exactly what happens to processed foods during digestion and why we might want to avoid them.

Using a patented Mouth-to-Anus (M2A) camera and sensors loaded into capsules and taken orally, TEDxManhattan 2011 Fellow Stephani Bardin shows us exactly how differently our bodies handle processed foods than they handle whole foods.

Be warned: you might not want to watch this while you are eating!