Fermentation is not something that is usually associated with good health. In fact, if you mention fermentation, most people tend immediately to think about alcohol, and they wouldn’t be wrong. Both beer and wine are produced using a process of fermentation. The next top-of-mind thought would be that food that has passed its sell-by-date might have become fermented. It’s what happens when you open a bottle and it pops with trapped gas, causing people to shake their heads at the process of fermentation and spoilt food.
No matter how you look at it, the general health of Americans isn’t good. According to the center for Chronic Disease Control and Prevention: “1 in 4 Americans has multiple chronic conditions . . .that require ongoing medical attention or that limit activities of daily living. That number rises to 3 in 4 Americans aged 65 and older.” The study continues to state that 7 of the top 10 causes of death in 2014 were chronic diseases, while 2 of these, heart disease and cancer, accounted for nearly half of all deaths.
As you probably know, it is healthy to have a balanced population of microflora (mostly what is known as “good bacteria”) in your digestive system. The little bacteria that thrive in our gut help promote healthy digestion and immune strength. Every once in a while, however, bad microorganisms can take over. In extreme cases of intestinal infections, the cause is easy to spot, especially when it is accompanied by extreme discomfort, nausea, and diarrhea.
Have you had odd symptoms that negatively affect your health, but they often seem to come and go? Or maybe suddenly you’re experiencing reactions to certain foods that you never used to before, and you’re left clueless as to why? It’s possible that you could have an autoimmune disease, although actually diagnosing it as such can take many years.
People are generally delighted to tell you what they’re eating – in fact, a vast proportion of social media pictures are of the meals in front of them. At the other end of our bodies, after our food has gone through a complicated digestive process, we eliminate the waste. This isn’t something we’re nearly as comfortable talking about – in fact it’s often a taboo subject. Many people admit to their ‘anal retentiveness’ and how they couldn’t possibly poop in a public bathroom or when they’re away from home.
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For most individuals with healthy immune systems, they go through life without major periods of illness. Sure an occasional cold might pop up or they could come down with the flu every handful of years, but for the most part, their bodies function normally and without painful symptoms that are difficult to manage. However, if you have Crohn’s Disease, every day might be a battle. Your symptoms may come and go, leaving you with an unpredictability that’s frustrating, or you could experience remission with the looming threat of it coming back again.
Everyone knows the terms ‘gut-wrenching’, ‘butterflies in the stomach’, or ‘going with your gut’. Part of the reason these terms exist in language is that humans know instinctively that there is a connection between the gut and the brain. Scientists have proved that a troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Medical researchers now know beyond doubt that there’s an intimate link between the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the brain. That’s why many digestive disorders can also be linked to your emotional state, such as when you experience anxiety, stress, or depression. While there are many other factors that cause GI tract problems, stress has definitely been found to cause stomach upset, even when there isn’t another physical cause. How does this work?
Your digestive system includes the gastrointestinal (GI) tract as well as the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. When you eat, food first enters your mouth, before passing down the esophagus into the stomach. From here, it travels through the large and small intestines, before reaching the rectum/anus. At every different stage, various enzymes, gut flora, bacteria, the blood supply, and hormones are assisting in the complex digestion process.
Our intestines do more work than we give them credit for, with the ability to process the food we eat and utilize the nutrients for the health of our bodies all while we go about our daily lives. Individuals who may indulge in less than healthy diets could be doing damage to their intestines without even knowing it, and their digestive problems might be a result of something called leaky gut. Termed a medical gray area by physicians across the world, not much is known about this condition except that it can cause symptoms that make life difficult, including gas, bloating, and cramping after eating certain foods. (1) Also called intestinal permeability, it’s thought to be linked to a wide variety of ailments including: