We all have that friend, family member, or significant other whose actions and behavior fall into what we would like to call the passive-aggressive category.
When a situation arises that begs for discussion or resolution — whether simple or complicated — they choose to ignore you completely, walk away, or even storm out saying, “I don’t want to talk about it.” Only leaving things unresolved and maybe even worse off than before.
Before you go pointing fingers at your passive aggressive mother-in-law, have you ever considered that you may be acting passive aggressive yourself?
You know there’s a problem because your actual greatest fear is being anywhere without a bathroom. But you “don’t want to talk about it” because digestive discomfort doesn’t seem appropriate to discuss in polite company. Break your habit of ignoring your symptoms because you don’t need to suffer in silence any longer.
Digestive disorders are not all created equal, they range in severity and differ in conditions. They can be diagnosed as Lactose Intolerance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, and Crohn’s disease to name a few. Common symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps/ pain
- Constipation and/or Diarrhea
- Weight Loss
- Fullness/ Bloating
Over 100 million Americans have digestive disorders and roughly 75% of people who visit our clinic have some sort of digestive disorder that is part of their symptom complex. What most of us don’t recognize is that digestive problems cause more than just a bloating or heartburn annoyance but can actually wreak havoc on your entire body leading to allergies, arthritic, rashes, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autoimmune disease and more. So to put it simply, having a healthy gut is central to your entire health.
Why your gut may be in trouble
Even in a perfect world, our gut has a hard time keeping things balanced. But in our world, there are many things that knock our digestive system off balance.
What are they?
- Our low fiber, high sugar, processed food, nutrient poor, high-calorie diet that makes all the wrong bacteria and yeast grow in the gut leading to a damaged ecosystem.
- Overuse of medications that damage the gut or block normal digestive function – things like anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, acid blocking drugs, and steroids.
- Chronic low-grade infections or gut imbalances with overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, yeast overgrowth, parasites, or even more serious gut infections.
- Toxins damage the gut such as mercury and mold toxins.
- Lack of adequate digestive enzyme function – which can come from acid blocking medication use or zinc deficiency.
- Stress can alter the gut nervous system causing a leaky gut and changing the normal bacteria in the gut.
So how do you keep your gut healthy?
- Eat whole unprocessed foods with plenty of fiber: vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Eat real food, mostly plants.
- If you think you have food sensitivities try an elimination diet. Cut out gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, soy and eggs for a week or two and see how your gut feels and what happens to your other symptoms.
- Treat any infections or overgrowth of bugs like parasites, small bowel bacteria, or yeasts.
- Take digestive enzymes with your food.
- Take probiotics, healthy bacteria for your ecosystem.
- Take extra omega 3 fat supplements which help cool inflammation in the gut.
Use gut-healing nutrients such as glutamine and zinc.
Take control of your health and treat your digestive disorder. Treatment can be similar for many cases but will vary according to the individual needs. Healing does take time and there are very few shortcuts, but it will be worth it.
This could be one of the most imperative decisions of your life and we have had the joy of seeing countless people successfully arrive at their goal! Health has no price and is something that we often take for granted until we lose it.