Are you constantly feeling nauseas or bloated? Do you have chronic constipation or diarrhea? Do you experience painful stomach cramps within a short while of eating? Do you go to an event and immediately scope out where the rest rooms are? Do you have issues with uncomfortable, embarrassing gut and digestion issues that make it difficult to make plans? Are you painfully aware of which gas stations on your route have the best rest rooms? Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, you are not alone. You are like 74% of Americans who have gut and digestion issues that negatively affect their daily lives. Why is this the case, and what can we do about it?
Dr. Joanne Conaway, renowned nurse, doctor, author, and digestive health consultant, tells us that we must have a healthy digestive system to enable overall good health. Our “gut,” or digestive system is linked to our cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, respiratory, neurological, and all of our other systems – so if our digestive system is off, our overall health will be negatively affected.
Dr. Conaway teaches us to first recognize that we must have a balance of healthy and unhealthy bacteria in our bodies. All bodies have different types of unhealthy bacteria, but what causes sickness or wellness is how our bodies handle them. If we have enough healthy bacteria, a balance is maintained. But so often, due to taking antibiotics or other medications, and even just eating the standard American diet, healthy bacteria are diminished and we allow our systems to become imbalanced – resulting in illness; or, resulting in an unhealthy gut that is out of balance, causing the symptoms described above.
When we have an excess of bad bacteria, we process our food differently, and what is sent into our bodies through circulation is literally poison. It takes up residence in the body — maybe joints (contributing to arthritis), or the thyroid (contributing to thyroiditis) or in our immune system (contributing to autoimmune conditions), or affecting other systems.
Dr. Conaway believes that the end result is that we have all these autoimmune conditions – and big pharma is very quick to come up with something to help cure the symptoms, particularly when it comes to the autoimmune condition. Conventional medicine says “it’s an autoimmune condition, your system is in hyperdrive, we need to slow it down, so let’s give you an immunosuppressant drug and suppress the immune system” — which is the body’s way to fight infection! What ends up happening is that we then don’t have the mechanisms necessary to protect our bodily systems.
So we have an unhealthy gut to start with, which is a very important part of that immune system, and now we’re going to take a medication to suppress the immune system that would help our gut!
And then people wonder why they’re getting so sick!
There is a myth that if we eat a “healthy diet” consisting of the food pyramid (meats, grains, vegetables, fruits, etc.), we will get all the nutrition we need and have a healthy gut. That may have been the case many years ago, but due to soil depletion, pesticides, and chemicals, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today.
In fact, a landmark study on the topic by Austin Texas’ Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Researchers chalk up this declining nutritional content to agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition.
The Organic Consumers Association cites several other studies with similar findings: A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels dropped 37 percent; vitamin A levels dropped 21 percent, and vitamin C levels dropped 30 percent. A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in the British Food Journal, found that in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
So, as Dr. Conaway teaches, our food supply doesn’t provide the nutrition it used to, and is now loaded with things that don’t supply nutrition. In fact, they actually contain things that damage our systems. Dr. Conaway recommends correcting that problem by flooding our systems with good probiotics to get our digestive system (and ultimately other systems) back on course.
When we have made these corrections, two things will happen:
When our digestive system is healthy, it is ready to absorb nutrition. It is important to then provide the RIGHT KIND of nutrition, starting with the Basic 90 for Life vitamins and minerals that are required to attain that healthy balance we discussed earlier.
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You can take control of your digestive health. You can decide today that you are DONE feeling sick and tired. You can feed your system the necessary vitamins and minerals for proper nutrition. You can give your gut what it needs to be healthy so that it can work with the other systems within your body to bring you optimal health. IT’S TIME TO FEEL BETTER.