Did you know that your health begins in your digestive system?
Many of us go along thinking that as long as we feel fine, and maybe even working out, eating healthy sometimes, or so we believe, that we’re doing as well as we can be.
But what happens in our digestive system is usually taken for granted.
Thousands of chemical reactions and enzymes are at work breaking down our food as it passes through our stomach and small intestine.
By the time it reaches our large intestine, it should be digested to the point that the walls of the colon can absorb the nutrients from our food.
The small intestine is where most of our nutrient absorption takes place. But often as a result of chronic inflammation, much of the nutrition is left with the toxic waste and ends up in the colon.
There, toxic waste can accumulate on the walls of the colon, causing not only a depletion in nutrient absorption, but a toxic buildup as well.
These toxins are then able to pass into our bloodstream in place of the nutrients that are no longer allowed to pass through the blockages.
We all know that we should be getting colon screenings by age 50. Why is that?
It is because colon cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer as long as it is caught early. Not only that, it is preventable! And it’s not just colon cancer you should worry about.
The colon is as much responsible if not more for ridding your body of toxins as your kidneys and sweat glands. These are the only ways that your body has to remain at the peak of health.
But even so, over time, there begins a buildup in the colon walls that prevent both absorption of nutrients AND the elimination of toxins. You do not even notice this, but you might notice that over the years you see smaller and smaller diameter stools.
Yet the ways and means to prevent this buildup, and potentially not only colon but other cancers to begin to grow are so simple, and require only a bit of attention on our part!
Prebiotics and fermented foods are the best way to ensure your colon is able to process your toxins out of your body successfully.
Probiotic supplements are popular these days, but to find one containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units is rare. But fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures can have up to 10 trillion colony-forming units of beneficial bacteria.
This means that one serving of fermented vegetables can be equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! Fermented foods also provides a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, making them the most cost effective alternative. You can even create your own very easily, as in this Korean Kimchi recipe.
In addition to consuming fermented foods, the 3 primary keys to your overall digestive health consist of a healthy daily serving of vegetables, water, and fiber. And do not forget exercise – yes, it’s crucial even for your digestive health!
So pay close attention, it is never too late to turn things around. If you are overweight or even if not, think about this. Even if you think you are healthy.
You should be concerned if your digestive system is giving you warning signs, such as chronic gas, stinky stools, and bloating. These are signs that you are not only accumulating toxicity, but even getting less nutrition into your system to counteract that toxicity.
Paying attention to your body is a must for preventing serious chronic disease in the future!