Symptoms — digestive problems
Early signs of serious issues
“I noticed an immediate difference in myself. First, I have much more energy.
I also have much clearer thinking, my joints aren’t achy, and the chronic
bowel issues I’d been having for years disappeared!” — Brenda,
Personal Program Member
The digestive system is the root of all health. It’s where you get nutrition
for every cell in your body, including support for your immune system. If it is
irritated, inflamed or constipated, it cannot do its job, and your health will steadily
decline as a result.
Over 65% of the women we see — both in the clinic and in the Personal Program
— report frequent bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation or difficulty with
digestion. These are signs of dysbiosis, or poor digestive function, that can lead over time to multiple negative effects:
Poor absorption of nutrients, which affects overall natural body function and health.
In many cases your weight may increase at the same time you are starving your body
of the nutrition it needs.
Compromised immune function, chronic infection and triggering of autoimmune diseases.
or food allergies.
Progressive deterioration of the intestinal wall, leading to such problems as leaky
gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, and others, that together affect millions
Systemic inflammation, which contributes
to heart disease, arthritis, joint pain and muscle stiffness,
skin disorders such as dry skin, adult acne, rosacea and psoriasis,
Literally millions of women are affected by these disorders. Unfortunately, most
health care practitioners have little training in digestive issues. Many drug therapies
only treat the symptoms, and in some cases exacerbate the problems.
Why such an epidemic of problems?
The underlying cause is poor nutrition, which leads in time to imbalances in the
intestinal flora of the gut. Most of us don’t realize that the friendly bacteria
that reside in our digestive tract are effectively an organ of the body. And a big
one — each of us has over three pounds of bacteria in our small intestine!
The conventional high-carb American diet, heavy on sugars and processed foods, is
really a formula for dysbiosis.
What are signs of a healthy digestive tract?
No upper indigestion or acid reflux (heartburn). Little or no regular gas, bloating
or flatulence. Regular soft and formed bowel movements once or twice a day. No partially
digested food or oils in the stool. No intestinal cramping or pain with foods or
with defecation. No joint pain or stiffness. No skin problems. A healthy physical
exam and appearance in general that reflects good nutrition.
What can you do for healing your digestive tract?
Minimize sugars, wheat and dairy and see if your symptoms improve. Eat
nutritious meals and add a medical-grade
nutritional supplement. Try a high-quality digestive enzyme with meals.
If your symptoms don’t respond, get an
active-culture probiotic to help restore proper bacterial balance. Remember
to drink lots of water and chew your food very well. Extra magnesium at bedtime
is also a great help for softer stools.
We’ve been very successful in our Personal Program in helping women relieve
their digestive issues.
Original Publication Date: 12/16/2003
Last Modified Date: 04/27/2012