Having a weak digestive system is not nice. Doctors in the past have attributed a litany of conditions like constipation, general aches and pains, eczema, asthma, thrush, PMS and even mood swings to a weak and unhealthy digestive system. It’s an integral part of the machine that keeps the human body functioning, so needless to say it needs some support.
Your digestive system aids in breaking down food into nutrients. Your body needs these nutrients for growth, energy and cell repair. As for drink, a healthy gut is needed so that your drink is turned into smaller molecules that can be absorbed into your blood.
Beyond helping to prevent conditions like those previously mentioned, there are several reasons why you should support your digestive system.
It affects everything
The digestive system affects every element of your health. Digesting and absorbing the goodness in the food that you eat is all covered by your digestive system, so if something goes wrong or it isn’t working as well as it should be, it is impossible to achieve your optimal health. Even oral supplementation wouldn’t work – you’d have to take your vitamins intravenously.
It’s not all about physical health, though. Your gut is linked to your brain. The health of your digestive system impacts your mental health and your mood. You can become sad (or even depressed), angry or more anxious if you are not eating the right foods or looking after your gut.
Luckily for most people, it isn’t that bad, and if you take your regular dietary supplements to support the stomach it should never get that bad.
It can help pain or aching sensations
A poor digestive system can cause inflammation of your joints, causing your whole body to feel achy and in pain. If your digestive system isn’t completely supported, it can cause a thin stomach/intestinal lining or, even worse, holes (look up leaky gut).
Your body’s immune system will start to attack its own blood due to the unrecognised contents which permeate through the membrane. This can lead to skin conditions like dry skin, eczema, itchy scalp and just a general inflamed body.
It can aid weight loss
Supporting the digestive system includes identifying and eliminating anything that causes your digestive system’s lining to be damaged, thereby increasing your body’s ability to process the food you eat. This can reduce any feelings of bloating you might have, helps you to achieve the perfect water retention, balances blood sugar levels and reduces any cravings you might have.
It can help your hormones
People have known for a while that hormones have an effect on weight, but having a good digestive system is imperative for your hormone production as your body needs to digest certain fats and proteins properly to create them.
This has knock-on effects and means that if your digestive system is not fully supported, then every system in the body can be impacted. When you heal your digestive system, your endocrine system starts working at optimal levels and you will just feel healthier.
You will have wider lifestyle improvements
The wider impact on your lifestyle can be quite large. If you take the time to support your digestive system, you will reinstate proper enzyme function, pH and friendly bacteria in your stomach and throughout your body. These components are eroded with any common medications you might take (even aspirin), which causes symptoms that require the administration of those medications more often.
If you have a better and healthier digestive system, you will find that you will need to take fewer medications, which will coincide with an energy, libido, mood, memory and clarity boost. Your stomach can thus have a powerful effect on everything!