So, last week I met up with Amanda and Andy for dinner since I was close enough to meet them somewhere. We decided to go to a place they frequent, The Natural Cafe, which I had wanted to go to since I saw one in San Luis Obispo the other weekend. We got to talking about our eating and our digestive problems when I realized: many people in my generation are coming down with belly/digestive problems right now. It seems like everywhere I turn another friend has celiac disease, IBS, lactose intolerance, nuts or soy allergies, and a variety of other food related problems. When the heck did this start, and why does it seem like everyone around my age, their mid 20′s, is getting some sort of digestive problem?
All of these things got me thinking, was there something we did or had when we were kids that is coming around and affecting us now? I don’t know what everyone’s childhood was like, but mine was pretty minimal on things in the restaurant, fast food or processed foods department. I grew up eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at home which regularly consisted of things like cereal, deli meat sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, chicken, pork, ham, rice, potatoes, cheese and the like. I exercised regularly by participating in running and playing with the neighborhood kids outside. So is there something among all of us that has sat dormant in my body until now?
I know that many things can be genetic, like Crohn’s disease in my family, but other than that, is everything else environmental? How are all these things coming to light now? Could we have prevented these things from happening to us via or food or activities?
Any thoughts? I thought I might bring this up since so many of my readers also are starting to have digestive problems…I think it’s interesting! And kinda scary all at the same time…