What is the (Shocking) Cost of Poor Digestion to Our Society?
I wanted to write about this aspect of this topic, because I think it’s an interesting perspective most of us don’t think about. Beauty Detoxers know how important excellent digestion is- it’s something that is the core of the lifestyle we live by. Choosing superior foods (energies) to take in, and properly breaking them down and assimilating their nutrients into our cells is essential to our beauty and health.
Everything within us and around us are connected. And that includes our physical, spiritual, emotional and mental well-being, with those of our community. Money, which is really another form of energy, is also of course affected by everything else. And the the hard costs of poor digestion for society as a whole may astound you. Read on!
Digestive Disorders and Issues
Taking the steps to eat more alkaline-forming foods, reintroduce good bacteria to the digestive tract, minimize or eliminate gluten, and replace large amounts of acid-forming foods like animal protein and dairy with gorgeous Beauty Foods might offset the costs of medication and doctors’ visits across the board.
Some of the conditions associated with digestive problems are:
Celiac disease: This is an autoimmune disorder exacerbated by gluten. The gluten damages the lining of the small intestine over time via inflammation, which makes it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients. This disease also causes bloating and diarrhea. The Body Detox plan eliminates gluten from the diet. Though this disease is usually controlled by a strict gluten-free diet, steroids are sometimes prescribed to reduce inflammation and skin medications are sometimes necessary, too, for itching and blisters.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): 60 to 75 percent of sufferers are women (most often between 30 and 50 years old), and about 20 percent of adults in North America and the United Kingdom suffer from it. Symptoms include gassiness, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and abdominal pain. The average cost of IBS treatment per year in the United States is between $1.7 billion and $10 billion for direct medical cost—that doesn’t include any medication, prescription or over the counter–and a whopping $20 billion more for indirect costs, like time off (not only for doctor’s appointments, but for illness as well) or less productivity while at work.
Crohn’s disease: This is one of the major inflammatory bowel diseases. Symptoms include difficulty absorbing nutrients, bloating, abdominal pain, bleeding, fatigue, and diarrhea. In any treatment for Crohn’s disease, the goal is to decrease inflammation, usually with steroids, antibiotics, aminosalicylates, immunomodulators, and biologic therapies. In some cases, surgery is required. The CDC says the rise in cases of Crohn’s disease (and inflammatory bowel diseases in general) is believed to be a combination of a “westernization” of lifestyle—diet, chemicals, sunlight exposure, and pollution.
The CDC also states that $1.7 billion dollars are spent per year in the United States for treatment of inflammatory bowel disorders—“more than 700,000 physician visits, 100,000 hospitalizations, and disability in 119,000 patients. Over the long term, up to 75% of patients with Crohn’s disease and 25% of those with ulcerative colitis will require surgery.”
Heartburn: Some of the triggers for heartburn are caffeine, fried foods, processed foods, fish oil capsules, alcohol, large (heavy) meals (especially filled with fiber-less or low-fiber foods like animal products and junk foods), and dairy. With the exception of the occasional glass of wine or a dinner containing the occasional animal protein, the Beauty Detox plan eliminates all of those for you—and you won’t miss these parts of your diet or the heartburn. An article in US News says $6.3 billion was spent on Nexium in 2009, plus billions more on the over-the-counter Prilosec. That “cheap” junk food just got a whole lot more expensive! Instead of looking at the root cause in our diet and how we’re eating to cause heartburn in the first place- this is NOT how our bodies were meant to function!- why is the go-to answer to just take a medication??
Constipation: This is what I consider one of the most destructive conditions. Chronically holding toxins in is aging in every sense. Thee must release! Constipation could be a symptom of another disease or condition (like Irritable Bowel Syndrome), but in the average person, it’s a side effect of getting too little water and not enough fiber in the diet (and perhaps some energetic imbalances around issues of “letting go”). The Standard American Diet doesn’t offer much in the way of fiber or antioxidants, many of the meals are heavy and protein-laden, and they get “stuck” inside the body. Remember that only plant foods have fiber. The average amount spent each year on laxatives? $725 million. Yikes. Is this not crazy? We are spending hundreds of millions to poop, which is one of the most normal and basic human functions (!).
To top off the medication costs, the average doctor’s visit cost was $104 in 2011. Each year, there are about 104 million visits to the doctor regarding digestive issues. That’s a cost of about $10,816,000,000. per year. Doctor’s visits also cut down on productivity—an hour or two in that office instead of at work costs you even more money and most likely will eat into your time to relax, either because you have to catch up later or because you’re wasting your precious vacation time on a visit to the doctor. Not everyone who has digestive problems even sees a physician, so there are even more people out there suffering quietly, taking over-the-counter medications and experiencing lowered productivity and lowered overall vitality.
Though not all diseases and conditions can be cured by diet alone, look how much money we’re dumping into the medications for them and how much time and productivity we’re sacrificing. And yet people still say that eating healthy foods costs too much and takes too long! On the contrary, eating healthy does not aways have to be expensive – here’s how to eat healthy on a budget. If even some of those medical expenses can be cut down by a nutritious, alkaline diet and proper food pairings, it’s worth it.
How to Ease Digestive Discomfort with Diet
So what do most of these digestive issues have in common? Diet. Even if the root cause of the disease isn’t diet, the symptoms can be greatly alleviated by following the Beauty Detox principles.
Antibiotics in certain foods (or those prescribed to help with certain conditions) kill off good bacteria in the intestines, so a probiotic is necessary to get your digestive system back on track. A good probiotic or the Probiotic and Enzyme Salad can help replace the good bacteria you’ve lost over time.
Combine foods properly and eat Light to Heavy to avoid giving meals time to putrefy in the system. When foods have the chance to remain too long in the stomach, the more toxic the undigested food matter becomes, plus it robs you of your Beauty Energy. This makes you uncomfortable, gassy, and could result in heartburn, too. The longer the food sits there.
If you think your digestive issues could be linked to a health condition, I urge you to speak with a qualified medical professional to talk over your concerns one-on-one. Following the Beauty Detox guidelines can set you on the path to efficient digestion, more energy, and less pain and discomfort. You need not suffer alone. You can reclaim your life and your vitality, not to mention save money and boost your productivity and creativity.