Digestion & Gut Health
There’s a new way of looking at your health and it all starts with the gut.
Hippocrates was onto this over 2000 years ago when he very aptly stated, “All disease begins in the gut.”
Research over the last decade has proved just how right he was.
None of our systems exist in isolation – the gut is no exception
Functional or holistic medicine looks at the synergistic relationship of each system in our body and how this impacts our health. Identifying the gut as a major part of this interplay has paved the way for us to learn that much of our general wellbeing is dependent on gut health.
In 2008 the The Human Microbiome Project was launched “with the mission of generating resources that would enable the comprehensive characterisation of the human microbiome and analysis of its role in human health and disease.” This highlights the huge attention in contemporary medical research devoted to understanding the gut.
Within this new paradigm there have been many studies revealing how our gut health can be linked to things as seemingly unconnected as our mental health, heart conditions, skins conditions and autoimmune diseases. It is an exciting time as we discover ways to improve our health through nurturing this important system. I hope you enjoy this group of articles intended to simplify a very complex issue.
Great articles on digestive health
The current paradigm is wrong! It is common knowledge that if you experience heartburn (a burning sensation in the oesophagus), then you should take an antacid. If the problem becomes ongoing then a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) might be a good solution. This logic is...
Stage three in the digestive process involves a number of organs. The chyme has reached the bottom of the stomach (the duodenum) and is ready to move to the next phase… Stage three: Release of pancreatic enzymes It is very important that the pH of the stomach is low...
In part I of this series on digestive health I covered the very first stage of digestion, which begins in the brain. Now the food has reached the stomach there are a number of processes and moving parts that will enable good downstream digestion. Stage Two: The...
It might seem obvious and straight-forward, but digestion is one of the most basic foundations of good health. This incredible process, through which our body extracts nutrients from food, is responsible for sustaining our very survival. Digestion is a series of...
In the final article in the gut health series we look at some simple ways to support your gut. These are easy tricks that can bring huge health benefits.
Concerned about your overall vitality? There’s plenty of little things that could be damaging your gut health, with a host of implications for your body. Learn about them here.
There are so many conditions that are affected by the health of your gut. In this article learn about some of the illnesses and ailments that may manifest as a result of poor gut health.
In part II of the gut health series we learn all about the bacteria that inhabit the human gut microbiome and why balance is so crucial for your health. We cover two common conditions that stem from gut flora imbalances.
The human gut is becoming one of the hottest topics in research. In this article we learn why gut health is so important and all about the increasingly common condition, leaky gut.