A friend told me that she had been suffering from acid reflux and GERD since she was a child, and now she is starting to struggles with anxiety, depression, and debilitating migraines that have landed her in the emergency room. And believe it or not, she has been on medication for years and things have only gotten worse, not better.
As we proceed with the conversation about her health history, it became very clear that what she is experiencing today could have been avoiding if someone had listened to what her stomach was trying to say...
Years in indigestion, stomach aches, bloating, gas and irregular bowel movements were all her body's way of waving a red flag -"pay attention to me!"
In the United States alone, it is estimated that 60% of the population (or more) is dealing with at least one symptom of digestive dysfunction - gas bloating, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, candida, and the list goes on.
Living with digestive problems has become the new "Normal."
But, digestive issues aren't normal, they've just become common.
Don't believe me? Just count how many TV commercials, in one hour, address at least one type of digestive issue.
Typically, digestive issues begin as minor complaints - little indigestion here and there, the occasional tummy ache or bout of heartburn - and sooner or later, what was once a minor annoyance becomes something that can literally take over your life. This usually happens for two reasons - embarrassment or lack of knowledge.
Aside from my functional medicine and closest friends, most people find it embarrassing to talk about their bathroom habits or digestive dilemmas but frequently find themselves sprinting to the nearest bathroom, feeling weighted down by a rock in their stomach or popping antacids like candy.
Any others just don't know any better. Either digestive issues run in their family and they've accepted that they are doomed to have them too, or they don't see the connections with a symptom that is far removed from the source such as acne, anxiety, depression, or eczema.
In any case, they've simply settled for what they're dealing with on a daily basis.
Digestive issues should not be ignored, it's your tummy talking to you.
The digestive system plays a vital role in making sure the body receives the nutrients it needs, in supporting the immune system, and in protecting us from bad guys such as toxins.
If your digestive tract isn't up to speed, then you're pretty much guaranteed to run into bigger health issues down the road... or maybe you already have?
Think about it.
The good news is...
Digestive dysfunction can be resolved through proper nutrition, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and supplementation. As a functional health coach, this is the foundation of the work I do with all of my clients because it relates to just about every single health issue.
I've seen clients go from one bowel movement a few times a week, to twice a day in as little as a week after making simple changes to their diet, lifestyle and taking supplements to support their digestive health.
And as a result, they feel lighter, more energized, clear-minded, happy, free, and at home in their body!
It's time to listen to your gut talk and to stop settling for a life less lived.
If you need help getting your hands on the right lab test, non-toxic products, rid yourself of brain fog and resources so you can feel like yourself, let me help you connect the dots to improve your vitality, whether it be the area of the hormone, thyroid, digestion, diet, exercise, autoimmune.
Schedule a call today; you will not regret feeling better in the future.
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