– Our health or lack of health is directly tied to what we
eat and how we digest it. Today’s topic, digestion, is the
means by which the body transforms food into the energy it needs
to build, repair and fuel itself. Most of us assume that whatever
we put into our mouths is going to be digested and nourish us. However,
many different factors can interfere with this process resulting
has many forms, whether it’s acid reflux, bloating, gassiness,
constipation or diarrhea. It is generally caused and/or aggravated
by poor eating habits such as eating the wrong types of food, eating
too fast, drinking too much liquid with meals, eating when upset
or anxious, and/or eating too much. Indigestion occurs more often
in adults, since, as we age, our digestive systems tend to slow
down and are more easily overwhelmed.
and prescription antacids perpetuate the problems of indigestion.
These antacids neutralize stomach acid, preventing the stomach from
digesting the food. A vicious cycle is then set up since more acid
is needed to digest the food; so, more acid is then produced in
the stomach, then more antacid is needed, then the stomach produces
more acid, etc.
popular belief, over 90% of indigestion is caused by lack of digestive
enzymes and stomach acid, not by too much stomach acid. Many of
the symptoms of indigestion will disappear when digestive enzymes