Hello, I’m Doctor Jannine Krause and today
I’m going to talk about how your digestive system is key to your overall health. If your
digestive system isn’t functioning properly, the rest of you isn’t going to function properly.
Why, because your whole digestive system is really intrigal for mood, its your second
brain, its also really important for your immune system, and so if your digestive systems
trashed, your immune systems going to be trashed and so a healthier digestive system the healthier
immune system, the healthier the digestive system, the healthier the mood is going to
be, and so, nevertheless, one of the big things that I like to talk about first is the red
lights. Looking at warning lights. Is there anything going on in your digestive system
that’s not exactly the way you want it to be. Gas, bloating, burping, constipation,
diarrhea, those are all huge warning lights that something is not right in the digestive
system. You should be pooping at least once a day. Maybe twice or three times, thats great!
How many out there look at your poop? Yep, I said poop. Ya gotta look at it. Its your
bodies gift to you, every single day, hopefully. To tell you whats up, do you see food in there,
do you see a little kernel, do you see pieces of lettuce, those are the warning signs. And
so lets talk a little bit about the digestive system. We start digesting when think about
food. We should be creating some saliva. If you don’t have saliva coming out and you have
a dry mouth, that’s indicator #1 your are not going to be breaking down foods efficiently.
Then, think about are you chewing. The average American chews about 7 times then swallows,
that’s not enough time to be able to break down food. We have teeth. We should use them.
Twenty five bites, or not bites, twenty five chews per bite, that at least gives us a little
bit of time. Some folks even go out to fifty. I’ve got to be honest, I can’t do it, but
twenty five, that’s doable. I would definitely say work yourself up to that. The more you
chew, the more you spend time focusing on food and not multi-tasking while your trying
to eat, the better off your digestive system is going to be.
Now here’s the next thing. Are you taking any proton pump inhibitors? Nexium, things
like that. Medications that are going to block the acid in your stomach. If your blocking
acid in the stomach, your blocking your ability to be able to process, break down foods efficiently.
So, those are big things to consider in the scope of things. So if you have reflux, that’s
usually why folks would be taking an acid blocker. If you have re flux there might be
another reason why you have that reflux. It might not be that you have to block the acid.
It might be that your eating to many tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, onions, garlic, spicey
stuff. Too much caffeine. Those types of foods open up that spyncter between the esaphugus
and the stomach allowing things to shoot up through there. Which, would cause reflux,
and so it’s just something to think about in the overall scheme of things in your digestive
system. As we move down, as things go into your small
intestine. You might not be producing enough of the digestive enzymes you need to break
down you food once the enzymes hit that small intestine, and so if you don’t break down
those foods, those foods sit on the intestine lining, and what do they do, they ferment.
That’s the “making pizza in your belly” as I call that, or maybe, “making bread in the
belly” you start to bloat. Why? Because those little molecules sit there and you need all
those little molecules to break down, and as that starts happening you get bloated and
bloated and more bloated, and so digestive enzymes are key especially if your over thirty
years of age, you do reduce those as you get older, and so as things move down into your
large intestine that’s where we’re working on all of the re absorbtion of water things
of that nature. That’s where all the bulk of your beneficial bacteria live in that large
intestine. If you don’t have a great amount of bacteria in there, well, you might get
more bloating, and you might feel cramps, you might feel upset in your stomach, and
so those are key components of your digestive system. Now, let’s step back for one second.
The small intestine. That is your area where you absorb the most of your nutrients. If
those cells aren’t properly stuck together and we’ve got separation between those cells
on your digestive systems lining. Things get crossed in your blood stream. Gluten. It’s
toughted as being such a problem because we have this idea that alot of people are gluten
sensitive, or that folks have gluten allergies. Well, it could be that those cells just separated
apart that gluten got into the bloodstream and we’re having an attack on that gluten
that shouldn’t be in the bloodstream. What does that lead to? Well. An attack on other
things in your bloodstream. And so perhaps as those cells separate apart, you might get
other pieces of things crossed. Like say maybe mango, or pineapple, or string beans. Those
little molecules get across and now the body’s attacking those. What does that lead to? Different
aches and pains in certain joints and muscles and this overall sense of fatigue. Why? Because
your body’s not getting the nutrition where it needs to be in those cells and we’re also
not getting that healing of the muscular tissue because the body’s way busy trying to figure
out all of those immune reactions happening in the blood stream. So your digestive system
is very very important and there are some red flags to look for. Gas, bloating, diarrhea,
constipation, stomach aches, reflux, all of those are warning lights. Something to pay
attention to in terms of determining your owners manual. Why? Because there are foods
that are good for some people and not so much for others. It depends on your genetics. It
depends on what type of bacteria you have in your gut and it also depends on certain
lifestyle factors and if your able to tolerate certain medications that you might have to
be on. So nevertheless, it’s really important to pay attention to your digestive system
and I will be posting certain things on how to check in on your digestive system, in addition
to certain checklists and resources so that you can be accountable and check on your digestive
system and make sure that it’s running as efficiently as possible. I’m doctor Jannine
Krause and this is a little blurb on the digestive system. Thanks for watching.