Let’s be honest, everything comes down to poo. Whatever you put into your body that doesn’t get absorbed comes right back out, and while most of us claim to have no problems, we’re probably lying.
While most recover from unpleasant symptoms of an unsuccessful digestion process, many do not. It’s its ongoing pain, irritation, and bloating. Ignoring it could be the worst possible action you could take. I brushed it off for years, but after my second year of college, I decided to finally take notice and take a stand.
Of course, that didn’t end successfully otherwise I would not be participating in the Whole30 challenge! Today is the fourth day of the challenge and my gut is still sending me nasty signals. I am aware that four days of clean eating will not resolve stomach issues, but some warning signals during the process made me frantically wonder, what is wrong with my body?
Let’s get familiar with the digestive process.
Food goes in, poop comes out. During that time, the nutrients from the food gets absorbed into the lining of your stomach because of digestive enzymes. If your body doesn’t have enough digestive enzymes, you could be looking at an uncomfortable digestive process.
According to Whole 9, an affiliate of Whole30, there are various reasons that you could have low digestive enzymes. Celiac disease, Chron’s or pancreatic disorders are close to the worst problems one could be experiencing, but it could be as simple as a food allergy, aging, stress, or an inflammation within your digestive track.
This is where Whole 9 says that Whole30 can help you regain a happy balance within your body (here’s to hoping!) By removing foods that are common irritants, such as gluten, milk, soy, and starches, the body can start healing and absorb more nutrients.
But what happens if you have eliminated everything and gained no peace?
Not everyone has problems with just those food irritants listed above. Sometimes the problem comes from sources of food that were once thought completely safe for everyone to enjoy.
A common example is foods containing Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols (FODMAPS.) FODMAPS foods are hard to digest because the compounds within the food is hard to break down. Therefore, removing foods that are high in FODMAPS should improve a person’s digestive health.
It has been suggested that if you do have gut irritant issues to move onto a GAPS diet or a Specific Carbohydrate Diet, though the author of the article I am referencing has gone on an autoimmune Paleo diet, which is the path that I intend to take.
Any food is toxic.
While there are many possibilities for improving digestive health, you should take note that any food can be an irritant. Do not be surprised if you find a food that causes aches within your belly that is considered safe by others. I was taken off guard the other day after I ate strawberries spritzed with lemon juice to only find myself with an incredibly painful gut ache only 20 minutes later. That is why it is important to note what you are eating and when you are eating it to understand what your unique body structure can handle.
To find out more, please take a look at the links within this article.
Note: I am not a doctor and have marked the references below for you to peruse at your leisure.