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Digestion Our health or lack of health is directly tied to what we eat and how we digest it. Todays 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 in indigestion.
Indigestion 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.
Over-the-counter 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.
Contrary to 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 are supplemented.
June 20, 2009