The health of your large and small intestine cannot be overemphasized in its importance. It affects every single person on this planet, particularly Americans, as people in modern societies have such bad diets compared to the way that we used to eat several hundred years ago. The standard American diet is very green heavy, meaning heavy in carbohydrates and low in vegetables. This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to the health of your gut.
Vegetables are a huge boon to having a healthy gut and intestinal system. If you do not eat a lot of vegetables, you will be low on fiber and usually high on carbohydrates or proteins. This can create many different problems with constipation, diarrhea, all the way up to things like colon cancer.
I recommend everyone taking a probiotic on a regular basis because many of the foods that we eat are laced with antibiotics. Antibiotics are fed to most animals that are raised in farm environments. This is because the animals can go to market healthier and larger and are less likely to get sick when they are fed a consistent diet of antibiotics. Now this is not to say that taking antibiotics regularly is good for you. It just happens to make the animals larger when they go to market. If you think about it, the average chicken or cow only has a lifespan of a year or two or three and often times less than that, so eating antibiotics their entire life does not necessarily affect them in horribly negative ways as it would for someone who lives 70 to 100 years as humans do. However, because these animals are fed antibiotics on a regular basis, we can get them in our diet if we eat anything that is not essentially raised organically.
So what can be done? If you are constantly killing off your good probiotics in your gut, it is important to replace them with supplemental probiotics on a regular basis. This can be done with pills that are very effective, but also with fermented vegetables that are also another source of probiotics that are very good. When you have problems, it is almost beyond the scope of one or two or three blog posts even to compare them all because they can be so varied and unique to each individual. These problems can range from problems with reflux or indigestion in the stomach all the way to hemorrhoids on the other end of the digestive tract.
If you feel that you are suffering from digestive problems, we at Arkansas Physical Health & Rehab get excellent results when solving digestive problems. Give us a call or schedule an appointment and we will sit down and put together a plan to make sure that we get your digestive tract as healthy as possible.