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Why health begins in the digestive system

Healthy Digestive Tract | GI-North | Cumming GAMany people aren’t aware of just how important having a healthy digestive tract is to overall health. A person can see their energy levels depleted or see changes in their body’s capacity to naturally heal once the digestive health breaks down. The nutrients that are taken in by foods make their way to the various parts of the body only if the body has successfully broken down the food in the system. The nutrients, vitamins, proteins and fats the body needs in order to remain balanced.

Importance of digestive health

Digestive tract health is affected by the body’s ability to break down food. Good and bad bacteria aids in the micro flora located in the digestive tract. With the right balance, digestive symptoms are minimized. Poor diet, food allergies and the body’s response to certain types of medications are affected in part by the balance of good and bad bacteria present in the system. The body’s digestive system accounts for 70 percent of the person’s immune system. Factors affecting the body’s digestive system include sleep, antibiotics, aging and illness.

The digestive health has been linked to the following conditions:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Candida
  • Parasites
  • Iron deficiency
  • Rosacea
  • Rectal itching
  • Arthritis
  • B-12 deficiency
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Nausea
  • Flatulence

What other factors can affect the body’s digestive health?

In addition to the foods the person eats as a normal part of the person’s body, there are other lifestyle factors that can affect the performance of the digestive tract. Many people are surprised to learn just how much something as simple as sleep can impact digestive health.

Factors affecting digestive system

  • Stress
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Antibiotics
  • Illness
  • Aging
  • Poor diet
  • Mineral and nutritional deficiency

Healthy digestion improves energy and prevents disease

The person’s digestive health is critical to the person’s overall health. Everything from fatigue to long-term chronic illnesses are affected in part by the person’s health of the digestive tract. Taking steps to improve the diet and seeking care from a qualified gastroenterologist periodically can preserve a person’s digestive health.

GI North has been helping patients restore and improve their digestive health. Having served the community for years, the team of professionals treats those experiencing uncomfortable digestive health issues that may be impacting a person’s quality of life. If you have noticed changes in your digestive tract and are worried about whether or not there may be underlying condition, consult with a GI North physician today to learn more about what can be done to improve your digestive health.

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