“If diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” – Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb
Did you know that 70% of your immune system resides in your digestive tract?
This fact has powerful implications for the role of diet in the healthy functioning of every aspect of your body.
The chronic conditions that plague the modern human are largely a result of subclinical inflammation that begins in the gut and then circulates throughout the body.
Systemic inflammation is implicated in the following conditions:
- Brain – mood issues, memory problems, Alzheimer’s, headaches, neurological disorders
- Skin – acne, eczema, rashes
- Respiratory System – asthma, allergies
- Endocrine system – female sex hormone imbalances, blood sugar problems
- Circulatory system – atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, blood disorders
- Digestion – IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, constipation, bloating, SIBO
- Musculoskeletal – osteoarthritis, muscle and joint pain, weight gain
- Immune system – chronic infections, autoimmune disorders
- Degenerative conditions – cancer
Anything that reduces the quality of digestion can result in a cascade that leads to further mal-digestion and inflammation.
Here are some suggestions:
- Don’t eat too much in any sitting. Overloading your digestive tract prevents proper digestion.
- Don’t eat unless you are hungry. This gives your digestive tract time to properly process each meal. If you get shaky or irritated between meals, then you may be eating too much carbohydrate. Consider eating a diet that has a lower glycemic load.
- Identify and eliminate food intolerances and sensitivities. Intolerances result from enzyme deficiencies and result in incomplete digestion. The undigested food travels to your colon where it grows a less than ideal microbiome. These gut bugs release waste products that are toxic to your system. The undigested food also comes into contact with your immune system, starting a cascade of food sensitivities.
I use a naturopathic test called the Carroll Food Intolerance Method to help individuals identify the foods that contribute to their systemic inflammation. Once these foods are identified and eliminated, the body can heal.
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