Increase in GI tract distress linked to GMOs & non-foods
Are you experiencing more frequent occurrences of digestive distress? Have you noticed this in your loved ones, friends and co-workers as well? According to medical science there has been a 40 fold increase in the amount of gastrointestinal complaints over the past 20 years. The gut is the interface between the body's environment and the external environment, so it’s natural for there to be signs of trouble or complaints associated with it. Most of the distress is due to non-food items in the diet, not just additives or pesticides (which we seem to have pretty much adapted to). These non-food items include doping agents, hormones and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have been increasingly infused into our food system. The preponderance of non-food items in our diet is damaging to the human GI tract, foremost in children, whose guts are still developing, the elderly and those compromised by other health conditions. The best way to prevent this damage is to avoid packaged or processed foods and low-end, inexpensive restaurants (this because we are assuming that they are using the cheapest, lowest quality sources of foods available). Yet even when taking the best of care and being the most vigilant about our food choices, GI tract disturbances can occur. Following are some useful natural health care tips that will assist your digestive process:
- The tongue is one of our guardians that tells us what is acceptable to the system or not. Often we override its impulse with our intellectual reasoning. To use this guardian in its highest capabilities, one should learn to recognize its signals, which can range from a feeling of queasiness to mild revulsion to unsavory emotions. Regardless of the message, learning one’s own body language can be most helpful in choosing – or refusing - food that is in our best interest.
- If bloating occurs within 15 minutes of eating, one can surmise that what has been eaten can’t get through this major stage of digestion smoothly. Try to avoid that particular food and its source. Swallowing a ¼ tsp of salt (taken by hand) or activated charcoal tablets can also relieve bloating and gas.
- GI disturbance an hour or more after ingestion (including belching or lower intestinal flatulence) can indicate that the gut is disturbed and is attempting to balance itself by expelling or correcting its contents or flora. While these symptoms are often viewed as distasteful, from the inside looking out, it's totally normal and natural. The body is acting in conflict as one outer aspect tries to suppress the symptoms, and the inner aspect tries to promote the symptoms. One can ameliorate both aspects by ingesting 1 -2 teaspoons of baking soda mixed in a quarter of a glass of water. Also, make sure that the gut flora is intact, and check to see if you have ingested canola oil, which should be avoided.
- If one experiences nausea at any stage of digestion, swallowing a few granules of salt (taken by hand) can be beneficial. If these occurrences are chronic, consider colonic irrigation or other forms of detox. However, these remedies are only going to work if you stop ingesting the problem.