Nutrition and Digestion – Assessing Not Just the Nutrition
Nutrition AND Digestion – the nutrition is helpless without proper digestion.
Proper nutrition is far more than giving people a list of food to eat and not eat. This is probably one of the major reasons we have so many health crises.
In terms of employee health – lets help our employees increase productivity and promote employee engagement – understanding the deep impact of food choices.
The digestive tract is step 1 of the immune system. If the digestive tract is not functioning, every other system in the body is compromised.
The human gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body, with over 400 known diverse bacterial species. We are far more bacterial than we are human.
Naturopathy and ancient Chinese medicine have recognized the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. Only recently, all medicine is beginning to address gut health from this perspective. Among other things, the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and, again, comprises more than 75% of our immune system. It is our immune optimization that determines our state of well being.
Sabotaging our Nutrition and Digestion
Unfortunately, daily the digestive tract is bombarded
- Antibiotics and numerous medications
- Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
- Diets low in fiber
- Toxins, harmful mutagens and chemical compounds we unknowingly ingest
- Chronic stress
- Chronic infections
- Incorrect usage of antacids. Frequently low stomach acid is thought to be high stomach acid
- Lack of physical activity
- Lack of sleep
- chronic disease management
- healing digestive issues
- nutrition providing macro and micronutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, fiber….and out of this we can fuel our body to perform.
The Research of Dr. Michael Gershon – Nutrition and Digestion – And Mood!
Our belly brain – more scientifically respected as the enteric nervous system is the reason why we get emotionally “sick to our stomach” or have a “gut feel” or “gut instinct”. Serotonin, is our “happy hormone” (key to our focus as well), and thanks to the incredible research of Dr. Michael Gershon, we now know 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the stomach, not the brain as assumed. The enteric nervous system can send and receive impulses & secretes neurotransmitters just like our central nervous system. Our belly brain needs care, it needs to be fed for nutrition, the prevention of illness, and mood.