Origins of Gastrointestinal Disorders
Poor diet & nutrition are very common causes of GI System problems. A prime culprit is the Western diet, which is heavy in meat, starch, processed foods, preservatives, chemicals and other unhealthy additives.
Diets should be altered to include more fiber, enzymes including digestive enzymes, appropriate oils like essential fatty acids and complex carbohydrates, and to exclude or minimize intake of consumables that can compromise health (sugars, preservatives, etc.).
Microbes (e. g. bacterial, viral, parasites, etc), toxins (e.g. toxins in foods and heavy metal toxicity in the nervous system or the Celiac Ganglion), poor nutrient levels, physical damage to tissues, congestion, overuse, or dysfunction of the accessory organs, or compromised energy flow in the system. Any one or any combination of these leads to irritation, inflammation (which can cause further problems throughout the body), dysfunction or degeneration.
Infections are another common trouble area. Insufficient or excessive digestive acids can be a problem, too, as can enzymes, stress, poor levels of helpful bacteria, and a poorly functioning liver, pancreas or gallbladder.
Immune system dysfunction along the gastrointestinal tract can leave the GI system and body poorly protected against parasites, toxins and a host of offending antigens from the outside world. Immune incompetence has been shown to be part of the inflammatory diseases known as Chron’s and Colitis.
Your stomach, intestines, esophagus, and other digestive organs are responsible for digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating solid waste from the body. Digestive conditions cause bothersome symptoms and make it harder to get the nutrients you need from your food. Problems associated with a compromised GI System include:
- Leaky gut
- Chron’s disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Food Intolerance
- Celiac Disease
- Intestinal Bowel Disease
- Nutritional Disorders
- Blood in Stool
- Intestinal Infections (bacterial, fungi, parasites)
Each disorder has its own underlying causative factors, but common to all are usually poor nutrition and inflammation.