Overview of The Gastrointestinal (GI) System
The GI System, a tube some 25 to 32 feet in length, includes the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus. Organs that assist the function of the system are the liver, pancreas, appendix and gallbladder, which produce and excrete digestive enzymes and acids.
This system is involved in digesting and absorbing nutrients and fluids, eliminating and detoxifying wastes, and is an integral part of the body s immune system the immune-system function of the GI tract is facilitated by large oval lymph tissues lining the gut called Peyer's Patches and by multiple species of good bacteria that grow in the gut called probiotics.
A well-functioning Gastrointestinal (GI) System is critical for good overall health.
Common GI-System Disorders
Problems associated with a compromised GI System include:
- Leaky gut
- Chron's disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Each disorder has its own underlying causative factors, but common to all are usually poor nutrition and inflammation.
Causes of Gastrointestinal Disorders
- POOR DIET AND NUTRITION are very common causes of GI System problems. A prime culprit is the Western diet, which is heavy in meat, starch, processed foods, preservatives, chemicals and other unhealthy additives. Diets should be altered to include more fiber, enzymes including digestive enzymes, appropriate oils like essential fatty acids and complex carbohydrates, and to exclude or minimize intake of consumables that can compromise health (sugars, preservatives, etc.).
- MICROBES (e. g. bacterial, viral, parasites, etc), toxins (e.g. toxins in foods and heavy metal toxicity in the nervous system or the Celiac Ganglion), poor nutrient levels, physical damage to tissues, congestion, overuse, or dysfunction of the accessory organs, or compromised energy flow in the system. Any one or any combination of these leads to irritation, inflammation (which can cause further problems throughout the body), dysfunction or degeneration.
- INFECTIONS are another common trouble area. Insufficient or excessive digestive acids can be a problem, too, as can enzymes, stress, poor levels of helpful bacteria, and a poorly functioning liver, pancreas or gallbladder.
- IMMUNE SYSTEM DISFUNCTION along the gastrointestinal tract can leave the GI system and body poorly protected against parasites, toxins and a host of offending antigens from the outside world. Immune incompetence has been shown to be part of the inflammatory diseases known as Chron's and Colitis.
Treatment for Gastrointestinal Disorders
Treatment for GI disorders includes removal or correction of the underlying factors, repair of damaged tissues, and eliminating inflammatory reactions. Healing nutrients and healthy bacteria (probiotics) may be used as well.
Allergies to foods and additives must also be eliminated to reduce irritation and damage to the GI lining. Common food allergens include dairy, wheat and gluten. Allergy elimination and allergen avoidance are common treatments.
Schedule an Appointment for Treatment of GI Problems
If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems, or would like to learn more about preventing them, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.