The Five Root Causes of All Digestive Disorders

Since I have made a commitment to you to primarily focus on need to know information,

I am going to cut to the chase here a bit and distill the millions of pages of books and articles and
research reports devoted to answering this question down to a few simple paragraphs. There is
no single cause for any "degenerative" health problem. There are multiple causes, all working
together, preventing your body from functioning normally. These causes are various habits and
influences in our environment, diet, and lifestyle.

"We should first exclude the simpler causes for disease emergence in the body, and then (and
only then!) think of the more complicated causes." Feyerdoon Batmanghelidj, MD

The root causes of all digestive system problems are:

  • Dehydration (Chronic Unintentional Dehydration)

    Dehydration can cause disease. It is often the root cause of many problems.
    Every function of the human body depends on water.
    The body needs water! Coffee, tea, fruit juice and other beverages mixed with water don't
    count. The body needs a certain amount of pure water every single day.
    Proper daily hydration is the key to normal immune system functioning.
    Urinary incontinence is often caused by a condition of chronic unintentional dehydration.

  • Nutritional Deficiencies (especially micro-nutrient deficiencies)

    There are two major categories of nutrients; macronutrients and micronutrients. Macro-
    nutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber. Micronutrients include things like
    vitamins, minerals, trace-minerals, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, phyto-
    nutrients, anti-oxidants, and pigments like chlorophyl. Most people get enough macro-
    nutrients in their diet. They may eat too much protein, too many carbohydrates, and too
    much fat, but deficiencies in macronutrients is not usually the problem in the United States
    and other developed countries. Macro-nutrient deficiency is a very serious problem in
    Third World countries. Any time you hear or see stories about starvation, you are seeing
    the long term results of macronutrient deficiencies. Where there is macro-nutrient
    deficiency, there is always micronutrient deficiency. The problem in the United States and
    other modern and industrialized nations is primarily micronutrient deficiencies (along with
    the other major causes of degenerative disease).

  • Nutritional Excess (especially macro-nutrient imbalances)

    Too many people eat too much food: too much protein, too much refined carbohydrates,
    too much fat. We consume too much processed food; too much party food, snack food,
    junk food. We eat too fast. We eat too often. We eat too much. When the digestive system
    is stressed from overwork, instead of converting our food nutrients to energy (its primary
    function), it converts our food nutrients to fat. We must chew more and eat less.

  • Dysbiosis (Intestinal Dysbiosis)

    When the intestinal bacteria are out of balance you will have symptoms and you will be
    sick, and nothing you try will correct this problem completely until you actually correct the
    root cause of the problem. The root cause of intestinal dysbiosis is the imbalance between
    pathological bacteria and beneficial bacteria. Fortunately the solution is simple. Stop doing
    the things that kill the beneficial bacteria and invite the increased growth of the
    pathological bacteria. Start doing the things that nourish and grow the beneficial bacteria
    and kill the pathological bacteria. Start using effective probiotic supplements every single
    day to increase the populations of the beneficial bacteria. (page 147)

  • Stress (including toxic overload and many others)

    You can easily make the argument that everything in our lives is stressful. It's true. So
    stress is not the problem. The problem is the balance between positive stress factors and
    negative stress factors. The problem is not knowing the difference between positive stress
    factors and negative stress factors. The problem is thinking and believing that negative
    stress factors are neutral (or relatively neutral as in the phrase "not that bad") and that
    positive stress factors aren't that important. Nothing could be further from the truth. First of
    all, nothing we do, and no influence in our diet or lifestyle is neutral. This may be the
    single most important sentence in the entire book, so I think I will repeat it: Nothing we do,
    and no influence in our diet or lifestyle is neutral . Every habit, every influence is positive
    or negative, helpful or hindering. The problem is having too many negative stress factors
    in our diet and lifestyle and not enough positive stress factors. In all future references in
    this book, I will be referring to positive stress factors as complementary habits and
    influences and to negative stress factors as insulting habits and influences.

I healed myself from a variety of digestive system disorders. I healed myself from a 25- year
history of panic disorders, anxiety attacks, and periodic bouts of severe, acute clinical
depression. I healed myself from these disorders without the use of any pharmaceutical
medications or surgical procedures. I healed myself with the proper use of simple whole foods,
cellular detoxification and cleansing strategies, effective nutritional supplements, and proper
daily hydration. I am writing this book to teach you how to do the same thing, if you want to ! I am
writing this book to teach you how to become more proactive in your own self-care. I believe that
you will be able to heal yourself from whatever digestive system problem you may be currently
suffering. Imagine that.

To learn more, read
Healing Digestive Illness by Russell Mariani. Thank you.
Russell Mariani
Digestive Wellness Counselor
Author,
Healing Digestive Illness
The Center for Functional Nutrition
Assisting in the quest for better health through better nutrition since 1980
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