This is a sure sign of stagnation and inflammation in the bowel and can result in bloating which is actually trapped gas.
Lifestyle and dietary factors can increase the amount of acid in the stomach which is a contributing factor to acid reflux or heartburn. Note that this is not our normal production of hydrochloric acid (HCI) which breaks down proteins. Ongoing acid reflux time can cause ulcers within the stomach lining.
Belching or burping
If you find yourself belching or burping excessively after meals, you may have a Complex Carbohydrate Intolerance.
This occurs from lacking the enzymes necessary to digest these carbs. When the undigested carbs reach the colon, bacteria that normally live in the colon ferment them and often this results in gas.
Try cutting grains, legumes, starchy vegetables and cereals out of your diet and notice any changes.
Inability to lose weight
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to lose weight – diets, fasts, exercise, and yet nothing seems to budge? This could be a sign that the body is unable to shift unwanted fat cells due to toxic overload in the liver and colon.
Bad breath that still lingers even after you have brushed your teeth suggests that food has begun to ferment in the gut (due to undigested food particles).
This is also a sign of an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, as well as yeast or candida in the gut. Check the state of your tongue – if there is a thick white coating then this points to a weak functioning digestive system.
Blemishes, dry skin and acne, are all signs of a toxic colon. When bowel motions are incomplete the bowel begins to develop into a highly toxic environment. Skin problems are a sign that there is a domination of bad bacteria in the colon and an imbalanced microbiome.
Fatty liver is a build-up of fat in the liver and is caused by the body’s inability to metabolise fat fast enough. This is sign that there is a toxic overload in our colon which is depriving the liver’s bile ducts to work efficiently.
The fats are not being eliminated efficiently down into the colon and out through our complete daily eliminations.
If you have been taking laxatives or herbal mixtures to get the bowel moving, then beware that this disturbs our body’s natural balance of mineral production and eliminates good bacteria.
The result of these supplements is water and very loose, soft bowel motions. Water is taken out of the small intestine in order for the bowel to move, which results in dehydration – ironically the main reason constipation is caused in the first place.
Feeling depressed, stuck or lacking energy
The colon (also known as the second brain) is the centre of our emotions and energy. In fact, the gut is responsible for producing 90% of the body’s serotonin – the ‘happy’ hormone.
A toxic gut (bacteria, yeast, parasites) causes the gut microbe to ferment neurotransmitters to release these happy hormones. Once the gut is cleared and flourishing with good bacteria, the result on someone’s mental state and energy is incredible!
Poor Immune system
If you find yourself prone to sickness, then the answer lies in your gut. The gut is an integral part of the immune system – in fact around 80% of the immune system resides in the gut. Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome and gut lining is vital for an optimal state of health.