Back in nutrition school we learned all about the importance of good digestion and what to do to improve it. However, it wasn’t until I was out in the real world, working as a nutritionist that I came to realize what a BIG problem compromised digestion poses to our health and the price we are paying for it (literally).
Right out of school I was working at a supplement store, advising customers on what supplement would be most beneficial to aid their health concern. Being a busy store, I got to ask a lot of people a lot of questions about their eating habits and discomforts they were experiencing. It was fascinating and above all, enlightening.
So what does this have to do with digestion?
Well, in asking all these questions I came across an eye-opening observation: Most of the people that showed symptoms of or were diagnosed with iron, vitamin B12 or protein deficiency were regular meat eaters.
Why is this so interesting you ask?
Well, because according to what we hear and learn, vegetarians are the ones with iron, vitamin B12 and protein deficiencies – a well-known source of all 3 nutrients.
So what is happening?
The food (in this case meat) these people are consuming is not being digested properly, which in turn affects nutrient absorption.
We AREN'T what we eat.
That’s right. We are what we absorb and what we don’t excrete. Because as you can see from my blast of the past above, whatever the customers were eating, just went right through them and got flushed down the toilet.
It was hard for me to watch customers fill their shopping basket with over $200 worth in supplements and further $200 of organic foods without doing anything to improve their digestion! But it helped me realize that this is what my mission is going to be as these 3 nutrient deficiencies are definitely not the only thing a compromised digestive system is doing to your body.
Symptoms of bad digestion
This might come as a surprise to you, but a compromised digestion doesn’t just cause bloating and a tummy ache. It can cause GERD, acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, food, migraines and fatigue. It can also lead to food allergies and sensitivities and aggravate lactose and gluten intolerance. A weak digestion can also play a role in estrogen dominance (Endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, fibroids, etc), candidiasis, depression, IBS, Crohn’s, gallstones, weight gain, obesity, liver disease, toxicity. I could probably go on, but I think that paints a pretty good picture already.
If you experience any of the above, consider improving your digestion in addition to any further treatments your healthcare provider might have recommended to you. It really is an important issue that is unfortunately overlooked most of the time.
In case you missed my previous blog post, click here to learn about 3 simple steps to improving your digestion. You might be surprised at how easy it can be.
I’ve also included tips on how to improve your digestion in my free BOOST YOUR ENERGY guide which you can download here.
Please don’t take your digestion for granted just because it happens without you even thinking about it. If you think you need help improving your digestion, you can contact me to set up an appointment and we can discuss a program that works best for your personal needs.
In health & happiness,
Natalie McCrae R.H.N.
I transform women's body's by teaching them to eat balanced meals so that they can quickly lose weight, without giving up 🍫 & 🍷