By Mark Hyman, MD
There might be something wrong with your inner tube, and it could be making you sick and fat.
You may not even realize you have a problem … but if you have health concerns of any kind or you are overweight, your inner tube could be the root cause. Of course, I’m not talking about a beach toy. I mean the inner tube of life — your digestive system!
It is likely that you suffer from (or have suffered from) some type of digestive disorder — irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, reflux, gas, and other things too gross to mention in print.
And you are not alone. More than 100 million Americans have digestive problems.
- Two of the top five selling drugs in America are for digestive problems, and they cost us billions and billions of dollars.
- There are more than 200 over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for digestive disorders, many of which can create additional digestive problems.
- Visits for intestinal disorders are among the most common reasons for trips to primary care physicians.
And that’s not even the worst news.