The digestive system is a set of organs responsible for food breakdown, nutrient absorption and elimination of waste. This intricate system is critical for hormonal balance because it controls its own functions via hormonal signals. Amazingly, over 30 hormone genes are currently known to be expressed in the stomach and the intestines, making your gut the largest endocrine organ in your body! The digestive system is also interesting because it involves both the nervous system and the cells and activities of the endocrine system.
Your nervous system, especially the parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) and sympathetic (fight-or-flight), influences digestion. However, your digestive system has its own nervous system too. It’s huge, with just as many nerves as your spinal cord! So when you get a gut instinct, go with it.
The foods you choose and the function of your digestive tract both strongly influence your nervous system and your endocrine system. Their effects can in turn alter your hormones, inflammatory response and – you guessed it – affect your ability to lose weight by influencing your ability to burn fat, appetite or cravings.
Good digestion offers many benefits for your overall health and well being:
o Optimal nutrient absorption
o Effective elimination of waste
o Healthy immunity
o Healthy mind, mood and memory
o Glowing skin
o Appetite control
o Protection from the harmful effects of stress
In order to function at its healthy best, your digestive system needs Dr. T’s Seven Keys:
1. Relief from inflammation, food allergies or poor food choices
The first step of your wellness plan should centre on optimizing your sleep, stress reduction, conquering inflammation and improving digestion all at once. This is the essence of our Clear Medicine Wellness Program, and it’s good news considering the astounding number of people who are plagued by lack of sleep, excessive stress, weakened immunity and poor digestion. Beyond improvements in sleep, stress and digestion, many other positive benefits are a sure bet, including more energy, glowing skin, stronger mental focus, less joint pain and stiffness and, of course, fat loss.
We hope this information can help you rid bloating, brain fog and sugar cravings for good.
KEY 1: Reduce Inflammation by Removing Food Sensitivities
Food sensitivities or intolerances usually involve a different set of immune system antibodies than IgE, those involved in anaphylactic allergic reactions, and they are called IgG antibodies. Symptoms are less intense than a true allergic reaction and typically do not appear immediately but rather within 12–48 hours after eating the offending foodstuff. Heartburn, headaches, difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, looking tired even after sufficient sleep, an inability to lose weight, bloating and relentless water retention can all be related to food sensitivities or intolerances. Because the connection between the symptom and a specific food can be difficult to pinpoint, those who suffer these discomforts often go on feeling worse and worse as their immune system takes a constant beating.
Many of us with food sensitivities don’t even realize how bad we feel until the problematic foods are removed from our diet. Then suddenly getting out of bed becomes easier, our energy, mood and concentration improve and joint pain, headaches and sinus congestion disappear. During our Supercharged Hormone Diet anti-inflammatory detox, you will take these foods out of your diet for a specific period of time to give your body a break and a chance to calm down and detoxify. Slowly re-introducing each food after a 10 to 14 day break will allow you to connect particular symptoms with your food choices.
With the proper guidance, you can identify your food sensitivities in just three weeks. You can make an appointment with a holistic nutritionist and get started on a nutrition plan or you can work with both a nutritionist and naturopathic doctor over five weeks by signing up for our groundbreaking Clear Medicine Wellness Program