Ankylosing Spondylitis – A Basic Overview
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that mainly affects the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis can cause severe back pain and can deform the spine, causing a hunched back (kyphosis). Ankylosing More...
Digestive disorders involve the incorrect processing of eaten food. Digestive disorders can be hereditary, can involve allergies to specific foods, or can result from stress, fatigue, smoking, or drug and alcohol abuse. Infections or parasite infestations can interrupt digestion, as can some cancers.
Digestive problems can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the bowel. The digestive system is essentially a series of hollow organs through which eaten food passes. The body extracts nutrients as the food travels through this tract and finally excretes the unused portion of food as fecal matter. Nutrients are broken down into usable nutrients by digestive juices that pour into the tract from the liver, pancreas, and other organs, and by bacteria that live in the intestines.
Digestive disorders can cause pain in any part of the digestive tract as well a chronic cough, unexplained weight loss, diarrhea or constipation, and jaundice—a yellowing of the skin brought on by liver failure.
Human beings digest food best when it is bulky and wet. Most processed foods contain little bulk or fiber, while fresh fruits and vegetables contain ample fiber. If your diet doesn’t contain enough fiber, you might want to use psyllium powder to increase the bulk of your digested food.
The moisture in digested foods comes from the liquid in natural foods, like fruits and vegetables, and the water we drink. It is important to drink enough water in order to properly digest food. It’s also important to move your body, especially your lower body, by walking, dancing, swimming, or playing sports to stimulate the digestive tract to continue processing food.
Giardia is an intestinal infection caused by protozoa and is usually caused by drinking unclean water. It can cause severe diarrhea and cramping. Herbal parasite-killers include raw garlic, raw pineapple, goldenseal, pumpkin seeds, and antioxidants.
Celiac disease is an intolerance of the protein gluten, which is found in wheat and some other grains, resulting in pain and inflammation of the digestive tract. Problems with gluten tolerance can cause depression, anxiety, joint pain, bruising, fatigue, muscle cramps, weak bones, and infertility.
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which partially digested food leaks from the digestive tract into surrounding tissue, where it can trigger auto-immune responses including arthritis, allergies, depression, psoriasis, eczema, hives, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. A leaky gut can be healed by carefully controlling diet and medication.
Bowel toxemia is a serious condition in which the bowel becomes infected by an overgrowth of harmful microbes and fungi. Colon therapy, which involves washing the bowel or cleansing it with supplements, may help improve bowel toxemia.
Lactose Intolerance is an inability to digest the sugar lactose, which is part of all dairy products, which leads to bloating and diarrhea. Taking supplemental lactase (the missing enzyme) may make it possible to eat dairy.
Parasitic worms are more common than most people think. The worms usually enter the body with food and can live in the colon for many years. Colon cleansing procedures and the supplemental use of pumpkin seeds and wormwood may help rid the body of intestinal parasitic worms.
Flatulence is a condition in which excessive amounts of intestinal gas are released. Eating slowly and chewing food thoroughly may help improve digestion and limit flatulence. Digestive enzymes and probiotics also may help. Limiting carbonated drinks and certain notoriously “gassy” foods, such as beans, also helps.
To improve your digestion and avoid digestive disorders, eat plenty of natural, unprocessed foods; get ample exercise; drink adequate water; and follow these tips:
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