The importance of gut health cannot be over stated. Ayurvedic medicine ascertains that a healthy stomach is the most important part of a healthy body. If your stomach is not healthy, the body will not be healthy.
If digestion is not working properly your body’s ability to absorb and effectively utilize nutrients are compromised. You can ingest the most nutritious foods and supplements but if you are not absorbing the nutrients through digestion you will become deficient in the essential minerals and vitamins that keep you thriving.
It would be remiss to speak of digestion without mentioning that the first gate of digestion is your mouth. Chewing your food well is essential; saliva begins the digestive process as well as stimulates the stomach to produce the necessary digestive enzymes. During digestion, three primary digestive enzymes turn food into nutrients that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body. Magnesium plays a role in numerous enzymes systems throughout the body, making it an effective digestive aid.
Another consideration is the state of mind while eating. It is difficult to digest food when under stress. Achieving a relaxed peaceful state of being before eating will go a long way in helping improve digestion.
Consuming a pre/probiotic can provide dramatic assistance to restoring gut microbiota. Every day our gut bacteria is compromised due to poor dietary habits and lifestyle factors such as pesticides, chlorine, fluoride, pollution, stress, vaccinations and antibiotics. When digestion is not good our ability to focus and concentrate, absorb vital nutrients and withstand disease is also jeopardized.
Prebiotics are food components that give the beneficial bacteria (i.e. probiotics) nourishment and thus a chance to grow and flourish. Our prebiotic levels can be naturally boosted by eating lots of fruit and vegetables, however if digestion is not optimal our ability to absorb these vital nutrients does not happen - in comes probiotics!
Consider that right from the moment we are born, the human body becomes a host for microorganisms. This includes the beneficial bacteria in our intestinal tracts, simply called probiotics.
These “friendly” bacteria are essential to healthy immune function and perform a number of important tasks including breaking down nutrients and keeping “harmful” bacteria in our gut in balance.
Dr. Zack Bush MD has provided ground breaking research demonstrating the hazards of glyphosate; commonly known as Round-up. Glyphosate is a patented antibiotic designed to kill the weeds in garden crops and also kills the microorganisms in the soil. Antibiotics are designed to kill all pathogens (bacteria, fungi etc.) – hence the name - antibiotic literally means anti-life. Knowing that our very survival depends on these organisms brings to question this approach of mass slaughter of the very organisms that enable your body to live.
It is now known how damaging glyphosate, herbicides and pesticides are to our digestion. Dr Bush has clearly shown that glyphosate damages not only the microbiome of the soil but also our digestive immune system. Eating crops that have been treated with this chemical destroys the Tight Junction, the very structure of our cellular network that protects us from toxins and foreign materials from getting into the body where they do not belong.