The reason why GI diseases are on the rise is basically due to our eating habits having changed drastically over a relatively short amount of time without our genes having adjusted to match our modern day diet. A diet that basically consists of acid and mucus forming foods – bound to lead to gastrointestinal disorders and inflammatory diseases developing in the body.
Unfortunately, most physicians fail to connect the dots: Inflammation and malabsorption based diseases are often symptoms of gastrointestinal diseases. Preventing GI diseases requires the body to be slightly alkaline in order to build an alkaline reserve for acid-forming conditions such as stress, lack of exercise, or poor dietary habits. Basically all packaged and processed foods are acid forming – and as it is quite common for young people nowadays to be no more comfortable in the kitchen than what is required in order to open a can of tuna, it is not surprising that almost their entire diet comes out of a box.
The science of nutrigenomics has taught us that nutrition is about so much more than calories in vs. calories out. What is on your plate has to match your biochemistry and brain chemistry type – a cutting-edge concept that Eric Braverman, MD, explains in depth in his bestseller books The Edge Effect and Younger, Thinner You! Call 1.888.7284.THN to get your copies today.
Gastrointestinal disease affects every system, from your brain to your muscles to your fertility – It is NOT just about preventing bloating and stomach pain! When you are having trouble absorbing what you are eating, you simply aren’t getting the basic building blocks that your brain needs to function. Your brain controls your body, so if your brain is not working, it won’t be able to send off the correct messages to your body.
One of the most dangerous GI diseases is celiac disease. Going undiagnosed with celiac disease is like a very slow death: A genetic intolerance to gluten leads to malnutrition triggered by one of the most frequently consumed nutrients in America. The body is simply unable to absorb and utilize the vital nutrients that it needs in order to prevent disease and maintain optimal health – physically AND mentally! Yes, there is a link between nutrition and mental illnesses – and malabsorption plays a huge part.
A recent study from the U.S.’s Mayo clinic suggests that the rate of celiac disease in North America has dramatically increased – it is estimated to affect approx. 1 out of 100, which makes it more prevalent than Type 1 diabetes! Celiac Disease is the cause of so many health issues that we are treating only symptomatically, simply because people do not get tested for that specific gene – up to 97% of people living with it have never been diagnosed. There is a fourfold higher death risk for people with undiagnosed gluten intolerance! At PATH we now offer genetic testing as part of our Executive Health Program! Get to know your genes, before they determine your future! Dr. Eric Braverman MD specializes in decoding the language of your genes – contact us to schedule your genetic testing!
Another reason why GI disorders are now seen increasingly amongst young women is that they are messing up their body’s digestion by constantly dieting – with society’s pressure of being super skinny, eating disorders are increasing and research shows that GI disorders are common in eating disorder patients, symptomatic complaints being seen in over half! Even though we are now seeing more males developing eating disorders, this is still a typical disorder that hits young women and ultimately explains why we are seeing a rise in GI disorders in this segment of society.
Eating disorders is one of the deadliest psychological disorders. Gastrointestinal diseases cause malabsorption and inflammation. All of which ends up causing a slow and painful death – the evidence is out there, now the question is: What you are going to do about it?
One supplement that we recommend everyone over 25 years of age to take is a high-quality blend of probiotics in order to restore your gut flora and enhance nutrient absorption – this is the most important aspect to focus in on before starting any other supplemental treatment protocol. Eric Braverman, MD, works with a unique probiotic formula by www.totalhealthnutrients.com, 8 Billion Acidophilus and Bifidus, that has been designed to provide a high-potency, balanced blend of the two prominent species of resident intestinal bacteria.
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Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.