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7 Surprising Facts About Your Gut

  1. Approximately 25% of people in the U.S. have a functional gastrointestinal disorder, or FGID. The most common FGID’s include IBS, acid reflux, chronic constipation and chronic diarrhea.
  2. The base cause of an FGID is dysfunctional peristalsis.
  3. Peristalsis is a huge, coordinated, muscular contraction that moves in a wave-like motion through the gut to push food through.
  4. Peristalsis is what allows astronauts to digest food in zero gravity.
  5. Dysfunctional peristalsis results in an uncoordinated or weak contraction that doesn’t move abdominal contents well. If food does not move, bloating, bacterial imbalances, leaky gut, and poor nutrition absorption can result.
  6. Dysfunctional peristalsis can manifest in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, or large intestine. Symptoms of dysfunctional peristalsis include quick feelings of fullness, painful, tight burps, painful swallowing, pressure or bloating in the abdomen, sharp points of pain in the abdomen, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea.
  7. Low back pain, fatigue, foggy-headedness and difficulty sleeping can also be symptoms of an imbalanced gut.

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