Importance of the Digestive Tract

You digestive tract makes up a huge percentage of you immune system. Just how much of your immune system is in your digestive tract? About 80%! The root of many of the different health problems we face are a result of having an imbalance in our intestinal bacteria. Probiotics are a great way to get more of the healthy bacteria back into your digestive tract, but there are several other things to be aware of when it comes to having healthy digestion.

What is SIBO? It is Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth and can be a contributing factor to Leaky Gut Syndrome. SIBO is the overgrowth of bacteria, and can even be the result of good bacteria overgrowth. Some of the most common symptoms of SIBO are:

  • Excess wind
  • Abdominal bloating and distension
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain

There are a few tests to determine if you have SIBO, including blood tests, breath tests (hydrogen breath test, bile acid breath test and D-xylose breath test.) As a last resort, having an Upper GI endoscopy is also an option. If any of these tests indicate a bacteria overgrowth, either pharmaceutical antibiotics or natural antibiotics may be prescribed, the latter being preferred, of course.

Leaky Gut
Seems like one of the last things you want is a leaky gut, and it really is not a good situation. What is leaky gut? It is when gaps develop between the cells that make up the thin membrane that lines your intestinal wall. These little gaps allow undigested or partially digested food to slip into your bloodstream. Sound bad? It is! Your body does not like having food particles floating around inside your blood. Here are some of the symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome:

  • Abdominal pain (chronic)
  • Insomnia
  • Bloating
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Anaphylactoid reactions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Fevers of unknown origin
  • Gluten intolerance (celiac disease)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Heartburn
  • Malnutrition
  • Migraines
  • Muscle cramps
  • Multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Muscle pain
  • Mood swings
  • Poor exercise tolerance
  • Poor immunity
  • Poor memory
  • Recurrent bladder infections
  • Recurrent vaginal infections
  • Recurrent skin rashes
  • Brittle nails
  • Hair loss
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Food allergies
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Brain fatigue
  • Abdominal spasms
  • Constant hunger pains
  • Depleted appetite
  • Sluggishness
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue

Surprisingly, leaking gut often goes unnoticed for years. It is always best to be preventative and to take things that are naturally occurring, that way you are not doing more harm than good. Aloe Vera is a good treatment for Leaky Gut syndrome. It is soothing for the intestinal tract, and can heal inner sores, inflammation and injury. Nature’s Sunshine makes great aloe Vera products of the highest quality, that are very reasonably priced. I highly recommend them to help with any leaky gut symptoms (above) that you are having. once you begin taking Aloe Vera, within a few weeks you will more than likely start feeling better.

I hope that you found this information helpful!



  1. Friendly bacteria are important, and a well-colonized gut is vital to good digestive health. The good bacteria help abate the less-friendly ones, that lead to sickness and disease. Probiotics are an important way to re-introduce proper flora to the intestines. Proper diet, including fiber-rich foods also establish microfloral balance.

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