I have a little secret to share with you. It’s not normal to constantly have gas, bloating, burning, or stomach pain. Yet Americans pour billions and billions of their hard earned dollars down their gullets in the form of over-the-counter and prescription drugs aimed at easing digestive distress. Although the unruly actions of the digestive tract are not topics of cocktail party or dinnertime conversation, there are droves of people who suffer from these types of issues. Hippocrates, ancient philosopher and physician credited as being the father of medicine, cautioned that all disease begins in the gut. There is much to be said for improving general health as you take steps to reduce your digestive distress.
Why would Hippocrates say such a thing? His wisdom intuited what modern research has teased out. The digestive system interacts with every single system, organ and cell in the body, acting like Central Station. It has direct links to the immune, the central nervous and endocrine (hormonal) systems, and is the avenue through which nutrition is taken in, broken down, absorbed, assimilated and incorporated into our bodies. Without the digestive system working in top notch condition, reaching optimal health is difficult.
While the drugs that we so readily consume to ease our gastrointestinal tracts may quell symptoms in the short-term, they fall short at getting to the actual root of the problem. In some cases, may actually exacerbate the underlying issues as well as be detrimental to overall health.