- Janelle Hunt
What Is The Pace Of Your Gut?
When it comes to understanding the movement of food through your gut, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how the digestive system works. The gastrointestinal tract contains muscles and nerves that control the movement and function of food as it travels from the mouth to the anus. This process is known as peristalsis, and gut motility involves the regulation of this movement in order to ensure proper digestion and nutrient absorption. A healthy gut motility allows for efficient digestion and allows for nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Gut motility is regulated by several factors, including hormones like gastrin and cholecystokinin, as well as by nerve signals from your central nervous system. For example, when you eat or drink something, hormones are released which trigger contractions in your intestines to move food through your digestive system at an increased rate. These hormones also stimulate the production of digestive juices such as acid, bile and enzymes, which help break down food into smaller particles that can be more easily absorbed by your body. In addition, your intestines contain good bacteria called gut microflora, which help with digestion and nutrient absorption.
If there is a disruption in any part of this process, either due to an underlying medical condition or lifestyle choices such as not eating adequate amounts of food, it can lead to everything slowing down in the digestive tract. Symptoms of lack of movement include abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, constipation and diarrhea; all signs that suggest there may be issues with gut motility.
There are many treatments available for disorders related to poor gut motility, such as dietary changes (adding more types of food or fiber), herbal remedies, medications (anti-diarrheal drugs) and lifestyle modifications (stress management). It’s important to discuss these options with your healthcare provider if you think you might be suffering from a disorder or dysfunction related to gut motility, so they can recommend an appropriate treatment plan based on your individual needs. It's important to let your provider know if you have an eating disorder as attention must be given to healing from this first. The gut cannot heal if an active eating disorder is present. Overall maintaining good gut health is essential for overall wellbeing.