Are you tired of hearing, “You’re not as young as you used to be. You’ve got to expect to not feel as good as you did when you were younger.” Maybe you’ve got some aches and pains you haven’t been able to figure out. Maybe you’ve developed migraines. Maybe your having stomach issues. Have you ever wondered if these things could be connected to the food you eat?
Your body is a mass of chemical reactions going on all the time. All of the systems – cardiovascular, muscular, digestive, etc. – are all related. No one system functions without affecting the others. And, the food we eat comes into play in a lot of ways.
You may have heard that somewhere between 70-80% of your immune system resides in your digestive tract. When I first heard this, I thought it couldn’t be true. As I started learning more, I found out it is true. And, it actually makes sense.
Like our skin, our digestive tract is constantly in contact with the outside world. We are putting things from the environment (things that are not of our body, if you will) inside our body to get nutrition from it. As the food, drink and supplements pass through our digestive tract, your body has to be sure that things that you don’t need, or may harm you, don’t get into your body. Your digestive tract does this by having a highly acidic environment in your stomach (unless you are taking medications to reduce your stomach acid) and by having a lot of immune cells in your small intestine.
These immune cells in your small intestine act like bouncers by keeping your body from absorbing things that it shouldn’t and fighting off things that could harm you. Sometimes when your immune cells encounter things they need to fight off, they release mediators. These mediators can then cause the symptoms you feel – aches, pains, migraines, etc. And, tracking down the underlying cause of these symptoms can be difficult because most doctors and internet searches won’t look at food. But, maybe it is the food. . . .
Next week, I’ll cover how to figure out if it is the food.
If you want to talk about if what you’re feeling could be related to food, just click here and get in touch. I’d be happy to talk it through with you.