How can Poor Digestion cause Weight
What is Digestion?
The digestive system is responsible for absorbing nutrients from our foods and
eliminating waste and toxins from our body via the stool. When digestion is less than
optimal you can expect a whole host of health problems including:
- Weight Gain
- Nutrient Deficiency
- Brain Fog
If your digestive system does its job, you will breakdown your food into small nutrients
such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids from protein, and essential fats (omega 3's
and 6's). You should absorb those small nutrients (micro-nutrients) though a healthy
gut lining into your blood stream. These are the first steps that must happen to
maintain a healthy body.
Common digestive problems
Digestion starts before you even put food in your mouth. When you first smell your
food, or even think of the food you are about to eat, you start to produce enzymes
and stomach acid in order to start the digestive process. Disorders in acid and
enzyme production are often the underlying cause of many common digestive
- Stomach Ulcers
- GI Infections
- Duodenal Ulcers
- B12 Deficiency
- Cracks in the corners of the mouth
The disorders above are specific to low stomach acid and/or low digestive enzyme
production. There are also many other common digestive problems that might cause
weight gain and have a very negative impact on overall health:
- Leaky gut
- Celiac disease or other gluten intolerance/sensitivity
- Food allergy/sensitivity
What causes poor Digestion?
The causes of poor digestion can be just as diverse as the symptoms themselves.
We already mentioned problems with low stomach acid production and poor digestive
enzyme production but the potential causes do not stop there. Infections can cause
ulcers or IBS. Pain relievers (NSAID's) such as aspirin and ibuprofen or
corticosteroids can cause leaky gut. Magnesium deficiency, dehydration or a low
fiber diet can cause constipation. Stress can cause several types of digestive
problems including constipation, IBS, GERD/Reflux and ulcers. A sick gallbladder can
cause GI pain and poor nutrient absorption. Antibiotics can cause dysbiosis,
constipation and yeast infections.
As you can see, there are many possible causes of poor digestion. The most
important thing is to know what type of digestive problem you have so that it can be
treated appropriately. We recommend a comprehensive digestive test that will rule
out many different possible causes of digestive disorders including bacterial
infection, parasite infection, dysbiosis, candida yeast, poor fat digestion and poor
carbohydrate digestion. Once you isolate the cause of poor digestion, it is often very
easy to correct it. This will not only lead to better digestion but also easier weight loss.
The healthy gut is supposed to contain about 100 Trillion good bacteria, aka gut
flora. These beneficial bacteria are crucial in the digestive process. They aid in the
breakdown of food, nutrient absorption, vitamin assimilation (they actually make
vitamin K and certain B vitamins), gut maintenance, and immune function. When you
take antibiotics one time you can kill as many as 90% of the good bacteria in your
gut, setting you up for a lot of health issues. As the good bacteria try to grow back,
bad bacteria and yeast tend to grow along with them resulting in an imbalance in the
natural bacterial environment. This imbalance is called dysbiosis and it can lead to
nutrient deficiencies which impact the metabolism, poor bone health, hypothyroid,
problems with immunity and IBS (constipation and diarrhea). A sluggish metabolism,
caused by dysbiosis, can often lead to fatigue and uncontrollable weight gain.
Digestion and Weight Gain
For many reasons, poor digestion is one of the common causes of weight gain. If you
can not breakdown your food, absorb your nutrients and eliminate toxins effectively
your metabolism will suffer and you will most likely gain weight. All of the calories that
you consume in your diet are meant to either build your body's tissues (muscle,
bone, etc.) or to be burned for energy and in order for either of those things to occur
you must have sufficient nutrients in your system. Those with poor digestion will not
sufficiently absorb B-vitamins, iron, magnesium or any of the other nutrients required
to burn calories. The result is fatigue and excess body fat.
When you are unable to eliminate waste properly due to poor digestion, your body
will suffer from toxic build-up. Many toxins cause your body to retain body fat and
excess water. The result is sluggishness, puffiness and difficulty losing weight.
If you are having issues with digestion and need to lose weight, call Complete
Health and Weight Loss today.
If you are having digestion issues but do not live in the DFW area, we can still
help you via phone consultations.
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