Spring Cleaning…On the Inside

6271684_sNaturopathic doctors have a reputation for being interested not in just what goes into your body, but in what comes out of it, too . We’re always asking questions about how much, how often, what does it look like, and more.

It may seem strange to you, but there’s good reason for our interest. Your gastrointestinal tract is a very important part of our health–more so than most of us realize. (Did you know that your gut has more neurotransmitters than your brain?)

As Mark Hyman, MD cites in this article, digestive problems are a primary culprit for illness:

More than 100 million Americans have digestive problems.

Two of the top five selling drugs in America are for digestive problems, and they cost us billions and billions of dollars.

There are more than 200 over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for digestive disorders, many of which can create additional digestive problems.

Visits for intestinal disorders are among the most common reasons for trips to primary care physicians.

And that’s not even the worst news.

Most of us (including most doctors) do not recognize or know that digestive problems wreak havoc in the entire body, leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer, and more.

So having a healthy gut means more than simply being free of annoyances like bloating or heartburn! It is absolutely central to your health. It is connected to EVERYTHING that happens in your body.

Your digestion is critical body infrastructure. It’s responsible not only for digesting our food and getting the nutrients out of it, but also for protecting us from invaders and helping us be tolerant to our environments and food. And it’s also responsible for taking out the garbage and for helping our hormones stay balanced.

In short, if you’re digestion doesn’t work right, neither will you.

Relieving A “Pain in the A**
It is pretty easy for this critically important pathway to be overwhelmed with “junk”.  With our continuous exposure to environmental toxins, poor food choices, alcohol, prescription drugs, stress and more, our normal healthy digestive flora gets out of balance.

When that happens, our intestine secretes mucous in an effort to protect itself, and that can cause a host of health problems. Giving your colon a good clean out, or “detox” can have huge benefits. We have seen chronic allergies, skin conditions, IBS, candida, chemical sensitivity and many other complaints much improved by colon detoxification.

Our resident nurse and colon hydrotherapist Lori will be giving a talk in Collingwood at the clinic on March 18th, at 7PM. Come out and learn more how colonics supports this critically important body system.  Call the clinic at 705-444-5331 to book your space.