It’s Okay To Be A Potty Mouth!

Did you know, more than 20 Million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders EVERY YEAR? Well, of course you don’t know that… because we’re all too embarrassed to talk about it!

Look, I get it; no one wants to share their digestive issues with the world (unless you’re trying to get out of a bad date, which, FYI works like a charm…).

But all kidding aside, the discomfort of speaking openly about our stomach related symptoms means that a lot of us aren’t seeking the treatment or dietary adjustments our bodies are BEGGING for. Talk about suffering in silence! It’s a scary fact, but nearly 30,000 Canadians die of diseases of the digestive system every year.

Still feeling shy?

Delayed diagnosis for serious, life shortening digestive disorders like Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (which steals a total of 28,000 years from Canadians’ lives) increases an individual’s risk for the development of other chronic medical issues. And we’re not just talking about digestive disorders anymore—the implications of digestive problems can result in a plethora of chronic diseases, like asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Yikes!

I’m not trying to fear monger here, but it’s SO important to understand the sheer magnitude of digestive disorders in order to address the key factor to improving our health—and that key factor, as you might have guessed it, is FOOD! We know that a diet can help or hinder your overall health, but what foods are right for YOUR health? Non-GMO whole grains are a healthy choice for some people but for others they can be life threatening.

If we don’t start listening to our bodies, sharing our symptoms with a health practitioner and educating ourselves on the right dietary needs for our bodies, then we’ll only exasperate our digestive disorders, which may lead to chronic illnesses down the road. Dragging your heels on this isn’t just bad for your own health, but having to take medical leave from work could cost you a lot of money in lost wages and expensive medications, not to mention unnecessarily exhausting the health care system in the process. So taking care of your own digestive health is fiscally responsible too.

Breaking the cycle starts with changing the conversation—hey, why be embarrassed by something that afflicts 57% of Canadians? Sharing really is caring. If you think you might be suffering from a digestive disorder, give your Family Doctor a call, find a Naturopath or Holistic Nutritionist in your area, and check out The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation’s website. They’ve got a handy symptom checker and easy to navigate FAQ page.

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