Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Optimizing your digestion - part 1

Known as “the seat of health,” the gastrointestinal or GI tract is a complicated system that includes digestive, endocrine, exocrine and immune functions. Our GI tracts are constantly exposed to toxins and “invaders” through the foods we eat, the medicines we take (like antibiotics) as well as the other unwanted critters that make their way through, including bacteria, viruses, yeast and parasites. So it may seem natural that our GI health can easily become compromised and burden us with uncomfortable symptoms once in a while. The truth is, the more common GI complaints like heartburn, reflux, diarrhea, constipation and excess gas are more likely a result of poor diet, bad eating habits and stress which compromise the immune system of the GI and allow problems to develop.

So how can you help keep the GI tract healthy and strong? Well, just like the importance of spring cleaning in any home, our lower gastrointestinal tract occasionally needs cleaning out too, to ensure its health is maintained and we are digesting and absorbing as needed. Colon cleansing is an excellent preventative measure which helps to cleanse the lower gastrointestinal tract of undigested food, expel worms, and inhibit the adhesion of bacteria, fungi and parasites.

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