– You Are What You Eat…
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Just
the Basics – Try These and See How You Feel!
Digestion Our health or lack of health is directly tied to
what we eat and how we digest it. Digestion is the means by which
the body transforms food into the energy and nutrients 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 its 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.
acid blockers perpetuate the problems of indigestion. They neutralize
or block stomach acid, preventing the stomach from digesting 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.
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 are supplemented especially
those with betaine HCL, a mild form of hydrochloric acid (similar
to what your stomach naturally produces.)
For the 10%
of indigestion that does not get better with digestive enzymes,
it helps to repair the stomach lining by taking supplements like
aloe vera, slippery elm, and deglycerrhized licorice. It may also
be helpful to take something to eliminate bacteria or parasites
that are compromising the stomach lining
troubles such as gas and bloating are most commonly caused by yeast
or fungus overgrowth in the small intestine. Reasons for this overgrowth
include not enough stomach acid, too much sugar and white flour,
use of antibiotics, etc. Sometimes a good digestive enzyme and a
probiotic are enough to fix this issue. However, sometimes
it is necessary to kill the yeast/fungus and then re-establish proper
biology with a good probiotic it also helps to quit sugar
and other foods that metabolize quickly as sugar.
to be a small intestine problem caused by bacteria, virus, yeast/fungus
or parasites. These issues can be helped by herbal parasite remedies
and probiotics. Sometimes diarrhea is a gallbladder issue
especially after gallbladder removal. Supplementing bile salts usually
helps this significantly.
the large intestine usually involve constipation. If you have any
of the problems discussed above, you might have this one too. Typically,
fixing the problems above the large intestine will help it work
better. But sometimes constipation is related to not enough fiber,
not enough exercise, thyroid issues, liver/gallbladder congestion,
and magnesium deficiency.
This has been
a quick overview of common digestive issues from a natural perspective.
Remember, you are what you eat, assimilate and do not eliminate.
March 6, 2012
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2012 Margaret
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