When you think about the foundation of good health, you may not immediately think of digestion. But, your digestive system affects virtually every facet of your health, whether you realize it or not.
The Function of The Digestive System
The digestive system includes several organs, including the stomach, pancreas, and liver, among others. Together, these organs function to break down food, starting when you’re chewing it in your mouth. As the food travels throughout your body, the digestive system processes nutrients from the food so that the body can absorb them for growth, repair, and energy.
Additionally, the digestive system plays a key role in the detoxification of the entire body. The liver is responsible for detoxifying blood, and the bowels are responsible for removing waste from the body.
How Digestion Affects The Entire Body
If the digestive system doesn’t effectively remove waste from your system, your entire body will be affected. This occurs with constipation, for example. When the system is backed-up with waste, it compromises the cells’ ability to absorb nutrients.
Additionally, your digestive system can contribute to inflammation throughout the body. Blood that flows throughout your digestive system also reaches the other regions of your body. If it’s compromised by inflammatory chemicals due to food allergies, sensitivities, and/or inflammation-causing foods, it can contribute to inflammation throughout your body.
Even the brain is closely linked to digestive function. The gut and brain directly communicate with chemical messages. So, when the gut is in distress, it can contribute to mental health concerns including anxiety, stress, and even depression. This connection goes both ways – mental health conditions can also lead to gastrointestinal discomfort.
Given the digestive system’s influence on the rest of your body, it’s in your best interest to prioritize digestive health. At The Center for Natural & Integrative Health, we can help you overcome digestive concerns with a comprehensive treatment plan that fits your lifestyle. Contact us today to book an appointment!