Our digestive tract is a complex and immensely important system, and it plays a star role in our overall health and wellness. It is a first line of defense for our immune system, and does a stellar job protecting the rest of our body from all sorts of microscopic enemies. Not to mention it’s more well known role of digesting and absorbing all the food and essential nutrients our body requires.
What we eat has a huge impact on our digestive tract. Our diet can enhance or it can compromise the integrity of this awesome internal system and immunity booster.
Digestive problems as well as many new and increased incidences of other health problems seem to be on the rise. Convenience foods and processed foods have also been on the rise over the past few decades. They add a lot of goop to our diets on their own, but it’s what they displace (fresh fruits and vegetables for one) that is exacerbating our health issues.
Through working as a wellness dietitian and with many healthy and active adults and athletes, I have also seen how many people suffer with IBS. Unfortunately IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, and thus many times becomes a catch all for “unidentified digestive woes”.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and because of great progressive minds, we are learning that IBS may have very specific links to intestinal bacteria, food borne illness, and intolerance to certain foods (FODMAPs).
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