You may eat a healthy diet. You may take all the right nutritional supplements.
But if you can’t digest all those nutrients and transport them to your cells,
they’re not doing you much good. Robust digestion is crucial to bone health.
We tend to think that unless we have a bowel-related disease, a few digestive symptoms
are “normal.” But even mild digestive issues can harm our nutrient absorption,
and when these problems are chronic, real nutritional deficiencies can develop.
Of the 20 bone-building
nutrients you need every day, calcium is particularly vulnerable to poor
Digestive problems can have many causes, but the most common causes are:
- Unidentified food allergies or sensitivities. Many women have a low-grade
allergy or sensitivity to certain foods. Because the allergic response in these
cases is more mild or delayed compared to an acute allergic reaction, they can go
unidentified for years. You may have occasional gas, bloating, diarrhea, intestinal
cramping, headaches or irritability without connecting your symptoms to a specific
food or ingredient. Some of the most common culprits are sugar, wheat (gluten),
coffee, eggs, milk, corn, nuts, and shellfish.
- Intestinal flora imbalance. Healthy digestion depends on millions of microbes
that reside in your intestines. These tiny bacteria help break down nutrients for
digestion, as well as manufacture certain vitamins, support your immune system and
metabolize hormones. But these “friendly flora” are in competition with
harmful bacteria that also seek to colonize your GI tract. If your diet is low in
fiber and high in sugar and fat, or if you frequently take antibiotics, harmful
bacteria can get the upper hand while the good guys die off by the millions.
If you have frequent or occasional digestive symptoms, it’s time to figure
out why. Not only can you solve your symptoms, but you’ll also ensure that
the nutrients you eat are reaching your cells, including those in your bones.
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to heal your GI tract. We’ve had
great success helping women heal their digestion and get the most from their nutrition.
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