Digestion: Something is just not right down there!
More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates stated that “All disease begins in the gut.” Knowing the digestive tract at the beginning place where our nourishment is transformed into our energy and our body itself, I think that Hippocrates must have been correct.
Food should leave us feeling nourished and energized. Eating should not be something we dread, not knowing how our body may react to a meal. Like all normal body processes, digestion should be something we do not have to think about. Sure, we can reasonably expect to have some changes in how things are working if we at times do not drink enough water or eat enough vegetables, or if we eat too many marshmallow Peeps.
However, digestive problems are, for many, a too-frequent occurrence.
If you experience frequent constipation and/or diarrhea you may have been told that what you are experiencing is “normal for you.” Or, you may have been diagnosed with IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. What makes IBS a syndrome and not a disease is that it is comprised of symptoms of some combination of constipation or diarrhea without a diagnosable cause.
People with IBS struggle because they often do not know what foods or situations will set them off. Sometimes the cycle of constipation and diarrhea is further aggravated by the use of anti-diarrheal medications and laxatives that are used in an effort to normalize things. Medical doctors can offer palliative medications but are often unable to provide sound lifestyle or nutritional advice.
IBS is one of the health challenges I have a lot of experience with and fortunately, IBS responds well to enzyme nutrition, acupuncture and holistic health care. Because IBS is not a single problem with a single cause, there is no single solution. An individual experiencing IBS needs to be looked at as a whole person, not as a collection of symptoms. The detective work of an enzyme nutrition practitioner is to find the root cause of health imbalances. Addressing the cause, removing the nutritional or lifestyle stress, will allow the body to better come into a natural and sustainable balance.