Dietary choices contribute to a growing number of chronic and deadly diseases. A key factor in the development of most diseases is a lack of nutrients, vitamins and minerals along with an overpopulation of undesirable gut bacteria.
So how can you avoid these poor choices and maximize your digestive health?
4 Keys To A Healthy Digestive Tract
When the ability to properly digest and breakdown food is affected, it leads to a variety of issues such as:
- Decreased immune system function
- Autoimmune disease.
The key to improved digestion is having the ability to breakdown the foods you eat into absorbable nutrients. Elimination of harmful bacteria allows for repopulation with beneficial organisms and creates the environment needed to absorb and assimilate nutrients.
A healthy digestive tract is contingent upon several factors:
- Good nutrition
- Removal of dietary allergens
- Elimination of invading microbes
- Repopulation with healthy gut bacteria.
Digestive enzymes play a critical role in the breakdown and absorption of nutrients. Without active enzymes, nutrients pass through the gastrointestinal tract and are eliminated without absorption.
Conventional medicine suggests that antibiotics are required to eradicate microbes from the GI tract. However, this approach removes good and bad bacteria and doesn’t address the need to repopulate.
Several essential oils have shown antimicrobial activity as effective as antibiotics.
Lysozyme is a naturally occurring enzyme that can break down bacterial walls and is another powerful way to eliminate bacteria while avoiding the use of antibiotics.
Clean Up Your Diet
First, you start by addressing the offenders. This means cleaning up your diet and eating strictly Advanced Plan. The Advanced Plan helps eliminate many high allergy potential foods and this is a key component of good digestion.
Remove Offending Bacteria
This phase also involves the removal of offending bacteria. Unfriendly bacteria are known to produce toxins, metabolic by-products, and inflammatory molecules which can not only have a negative impact on digestion but also on cognitive function, mood, immunity and more.
Add Digestive Enzymes To Your Diet
Next, you’ll replace the enzymes needed to digest the food you’re eating. Digestive enzymes are the catalysts to breaking down your food so you can absorb the nutrients you need.
Add Probiotics To Your Diet
The third step is to replace the good bacteria in your gut with probiotics. Probiotics will not only boost your digestion, they’ll also boost your immune system and support healthy inflammation levels.Probiotics boost digestion & immune function & reduce inflammation. Click To Tweet
Repair Your Gut Lining
The last and most critical step is to repair the lining of your gut. The lining of the digestive tract is a porous surface, and contains spaces known as “gap junctions.” The gap junctions are tightly regulated – meaning only specific substances are allowed to pass through. This is important because passing to the other side puts a molecule directly into the bloodstream and immune system. This makes it a target for attack if it’s recognized as a foreign molecule.
In a healthy gut, the molecules that make it to the other side are allowed to be there. The problem starts when a combination of poor diet, bad bacteria, stress, and other things cause the gap junctions to separate, thus allowing larger, restricted molecules through and leading to leaky gut. Once the lining is damaged, anything can pass through the gut wall and into your body leading to many health conditions including:
- Food intolerances/sensitivities
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Thyroid conditions
- Nutrient malabsorption
- Skin issues
- Weight gain
- Joint pain
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