Natural Solutions for Digestive Health

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome and an Exercise Regimen

An exercise regimen  is important for health but how does it affect ileo-cecal valve syndrome?  We all know how important it is to exercise consistently and having an exercise regimen that meets your health needs, but exercise uses a lot of oxygen, which produces large amounts of free radicals.  This increases the amount of toxins in the body, and can cause a “toxic load” in the gut.  Since exercise causes free radicals, it is important to support the digestive system with a nutritional supplement that is high in antioxidants.  If there is a lack of antioxidants in the body due to an exercise regimen done consistently, it can lead to an excess of lactic acid.  If you have ever had a cramp, (or charley horse) this is an example of too much lactic acid in the muscle.  This can be caused by a lack of oxygen.  Imagine if the brain were lacking in oxygen.  Ever feel like your focus is less than you would like, or you just feel a little foggy.  The brain requires more oxygen than any organ in your body.  Even when you aren’t exercising, it uses most of the oxygen you make.  This toxic load can overwork the immune system and hinder the relief from ileocecal valve syndrome.

One of the most important antioxidants that your body makes is Co-enzyme Q-10.  This chemical protein attacks the free radicals and eliminates them before they can become disease causing.  Q-10 is so important that your body will steal it from other organs to protect the brain or heart from cellular damage due to free radicals.  Imagine if your heart had a build up of lactic acid and was cramping up.  Studies show that when this happens it can lead to a heart attack.  You can support a healthy heart by adding a Co-enzyme Q-10 supplement to your diet.  Some food choices for Q-10 are salmon and tuna.  Just remember to look for a quality vendor that has fresh choices.

The best way to protect your body is to have an excess of Q-10 to protect you in cases of stress, or when you have to perform more strenuously than normal.  It is like having extra money in the bank.  This is the best way to protect yourself from the aging process and diseases caused by free radical damage.  By adding foods that are high in antioxidants like broccoli and leafy greens, you can slow the aging process.  These protectors of the body can also reduce the strain on the immune system and support a healthy gut.  This has been shown to lessen the effects of ileocecal valve syndrome. Don’t use free radical damage as an excuse not keeping up an exercise regimen. Just get your body the support is needs to fight off the damage and keep on exercising.


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