Your gut health plays a significant role in managing autoimmune diseases. It may seem odd that the state of your digestive system could impact conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, but the connection is undeniable.
The reason for this is due to the way your body processes food. Digestion begins with the release of hydrochloric acid and enzymes, which break down food into microscopic particles for absorption. This process is essential for nutrient absorption, and anything not fully broken down can lead to a host of issues.
If you're experiencing symptoms like bloating, constipation, or heartburn, it could be a sign that your enzyme production is not functioning properly. In some cases, it could be due to autoimmune diseases that affect enzyme production.
But there are steps you can take to support your digestive system. Start by appreciating your food and chewing it thoroughly. This mechanical step helps stimulate the production of saliva, which contains digestive enzymes. Your stomach then produces acid to break down proteins and signals your gall bladder to release bile to break down fats.
Next, your pancreas takes over and releases enzymes that further break down the food. If all goes well, by the time it reaches your small intestine, it's been broken down into tiny particles for absorption into your bloodstream.
If not, this is where issues like leaky gut syndrome can arise. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where the lining of the intestines becomes permeable, allowing toxins and undigested food particles to leak into the bloodstream.
Supplemental enzymes can help your body heal and create the enzymes it needs to function properly. Your healthcare practitioner may recommend hydrochloric acid therapy or other enzyme combinations to support this process.
Proper digestion is essential for overall health, and it's especially important for those with autoimmune diseases. By taking steps to support your digestive system, you can improve your overall health and well-being.
The Gut Doc is located in Kirkwood, Missouri, and serves clients throughout the St. Louis Area and surrounding areas, including St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe.