You Are What You Digest and Absorb and make and are able to make available for use at the cellular level. It is not always enough to have nutrients be delivered into the blood stream but this is a major first step.
Much of the information in this newsletter comes from the late Dr. David Walther, DC, DIBAK who had worked tirelessly for a large portion of his life to educate doctors about Professional Applied Kinesiology and its use in clinical practice.
Being able to digest food is just as important as choosing healthful foods to eat. Digestion makes it possible for foods to be broken down so that nutrients and other essentials can be absorbed, the microbiome (gut microorganisms) can be fed, wastes and toxins separated out for excretion, some enzymes and nutrients to be produced, and fuel obtained for biochemical balance. The gut is full of both healthy and unhealthy bacteria. When we are healthy we have far more healthy bacteria in the gut. When we are unhealthy we have far more unhealthy bacteria in the gut. It is a little bit like two battling armies that are constantly at war with one another. Without proper digestive function, even the most nutritious diet may be ineffective for optimizing health. Indigestion, poor absorption, imbalances in gut flora and ecology, and insult or injury causing inflammation underlie most common gastrointestinal (GI) complaints. If the intricate digestive process is out of balance, incomplete, or faulty, it will in time have adverse ripple effects on health since the body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs. For most people, common digestive woes can be remedied by changing what and how one eats, other lifestyle improvements, and often supplementation. At Triad Of Health Family Healing Center we have an infinite number of therapies to choose from in order to support our patients with their digestion. Rather than treating digestive SYMPTOMS we prefer to address the underlying causes of those symptoms. For the overwhelming majority of patients, they have emotional upsets, infections, poor dietary choices and toxicity; all of which have a direct negative impact on their digestion.
Though needed amounts of specific nutrients vary individually to some degree, we all need real, natural whole foods. Minimally processed whole foods are generally digested more slowly than highly processed, refined foods; this influences the rate at which nutrient absorption occurs. Consuming a lot of refined carbohydrates (refined sugars, flours, etc.) and altered fats (refined oils, trans fats, like canola oil, peanut oil, etc.) results in rapid absorption of glucose and fatty acids, creating increased demand on hormonal and nutrient regulatory systems and enzymes such as insulin and cortisol, and insulin-like growth factor. Most foods contain some combination of protein, carbohydrate, and/or fat; each macronutrient is digested and absorbed at a different rate. (Macronutrient means a large molecule nutrient such as fat, protein or carbohydrate.) Fats take longer to process than carbohydrates and proteins. Foods high in fiber are digested more slowly. Cooking some foods makes them easier to digest whereas raw foods provide enzymes and other factors that aid good digestion. Even if consuming a healthful diet, people with digestive complaints need to pay close attention to any foods that consistently bother them. They can keep track of what is consumed in a food diary along with the time the foods are eaten and the symptoms that appear. (We do this with 99% of all of our patients at Triad Of Health Family Healing Center and have found it to be quite helpful.) Any suspect foods should then be avoided for three to four weeks and reintroduced one at a time. Also, four common detrimental eating habits are
1.) Eating too much at meals can overtax digestion
2.)Eating too fast means food is not properly chewed, causing more work and reduced efficiency of digestive processes
3.) Skipping meals disrupts balance and make it more likely to overeat later. Some people feel better when they “graze” on food throughout the day; others do well with three main meals or more.
4.) Eating when stressed can take a toll on the digestive system, cause less secretion of stomach acid, cause excess gas and constipation, and affect stress hormones that impact bowel movements. In fact, it can even create allergies in some people. It can also cause irritable bowel in other people.
Fortunately, at Triad Of Health we are able to help most of our patients with most allergies and allergens. What our office finds to be the most difficult allergies to help with are allergies to wheat, dairy, corn and soy. It also can sometimes be challenging helping with allergies to eggs, pork, peanuts and certain other nuts. Eliminating most allergens other than wheat, dairy, corn and soy can usually be done in a single treatment visit. Most of these allergies are IGG allergic responses. This means that immunoglobin G is the main immunoglobin responsible for the allergic response. The response time required for this immunoglobin to act may take 3 to 4 days or even a week or more.
The GI tract is larger than a double tennis court. Over the course of a lifetime of an average well-fed adult, 30 to 60 tons of food will be ingested. Digestive complaints such as stomach pain, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea are among the most common reasons people see their doctors. Imbalances in our digestive functional ability to make the most of the nutrients from foods have ramifications beyond GI symptoms. It can contribute to many ailments, disorders, and diseases. It involves every aspect of our health.
BELOW WE CAN SEE HOW INVOLVED THE DIGESTIVE TRACT IS JUST BY LOOKING AT AN ANATOMICAL RENDERING OF THE COLON WITHOUT EVEN SHOWING ALL OF THE DETAILS OF THE HAUSTRA AND VARIOUS OTHER IMPORTANT STRUCTURES OF THE COLON.