The acid that begins the process of protein digestion in the stomach is Hydrochloric acid (HCl). Within the health industry I have noticed the abuse of supplementary HCl in a hope to improve digestion. The use of non-scientific methods of testing HCl are commonly used and if truth be told are more a method of selling supplements than addressing gastrointestinal dysfunction. All that being said though the prevalence of sub-optimal stomach acid and pancreatic insufficiency could be something that in the general population is being severely underestimated.
As you saw in my article ‘What your poo says about you’, there are many indicators that can tell us is something is imbalanced in the gastrointestinal system. Moving on from assessing our stools, there are also a number of other symptoms that might indicate dysfunctions in the gastrointestinal tract.
Many years ago I remember watching ‘Dr’ Gillian Mckeith poking her nose around peoples stools on the programme ‘You Are What You Eat’. Little did I know that whilst watching that programme I would go on to become quite fascinated by the function of the gut, and my real passion is trying to translate the language of the human body. It is my opinion that the better we become at interpreting the signs and signals our body is giving the more we can revolutionise health care.
Many people assume that I have been healthy all my life, and whilst I have always been aware of health, read about health and studied health, I have by no means always been healthy.
My own experiences with ill health have always been the strongest catalysts to me understanding more about how the body functions and how all of the systems of the body interact with one another, something that has been lost in the modern ‘pill for an ill’ approach to healthcare.
In this blog I am going to look at some of the natural approaches to helping prevent colon cancer but also some interesting natural methods of supporting the body if you have already been diagnosed with colon cancer.
I am going to start this blog with some interesting and potentially surprising facts and then a personal story about how digestive health can affect symptoms that would seemingly appear unrelated.
- 2 million people were diagnosed with a digestive disorder in 2009.
- 1/3 of the UK’s population regularly suffers from digestive illness such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhoea, stomach aches and nausea.
- In 2005/2006 over 3.7 million operations were carried out on parts of the digestive system.
- 42% of people suffering from digestive problems turn to sources other than their GP for help.
- 15% of Death in the UK is linked to digestive health.
- Cancers of the digestive tract account for 23% of cancer deaths.
Hippocrates once stated that “bad digestion is the root of all evil”, and many naturopathic Doctors state that “life and death begins in the gut”. I have first hand experienced what an unknown digestive dysfunction can cause.