We need food for survival. We need to eat to give us energy just to exist and renew our body cells. We all know this but what is not so well known is the effect on our body if our digestive system is not as efficient as it should be.
Absorption is the final stage of digestion. So even if we have broken down our food in our gut, if we cannot absorb it fully into our cells then we have a problem. Our powers of absorbing nutrients we need from our food diminishes as we get older. Also if our gut is damaged from bad diet, food allergies, medication or disease then absorption will be compromised. This can cause deficiencies in many vitamins and minerals which in turn contribute to disease.
For example, if we don’t get enough Vitamin D, magnesium and calcium the density of our bones suffer.
If we are lacking in Vitamin D, C or zinc then our immune system will not be as strong as it could be. Our immune system is our protection against a whole host of bacteria and viruses so its best to have it at its optimum.
Our liver needs many of the B vitamins in order to detoxify our bodies properly. So if we are short of these then we do not detox properly which can lead to disease.
Author and Nutritionist Liz Lipski says:
‘Not only is faulty digestion directly responsible for a large number of gastrointestinal disorders, it can be indirectly responsible for a vast array of seemingly unrelated illnesses including arthritis, migraines, and auto-immune diseases’.
Tip: bone broth is wonderfully healing for the gut and full of nutrients, tasty too.