Could You do Better Your Digestion?

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Digestion is a top to bottom process that is vital to our health. Digestion is the means by which we assimilate nutrients that run our bodies. Problems with digestion interfere with the way our bodies are fed at a cellular level.

What is Digestion?

Digestion is the breakdown of large insoluble food molecules into small water-soluble food molecules so that they can be absorbed into the watery blood plasma. In certain organisms, these smaller substances are absorbed through the small intestine into the blood stream.

I always say that we are what we eat, assimilate and do not eliminate. Problems with digestion can be many – but they generally start with what we chose to eat. Many foods actually erode or inflame our stomach lining causing problems with digestion such as indigestion and/or acid reflux. These foods include milk, white flour products, orange juice and coffee.

If there is a problem at the upper end of the digestive tract, there will be problems all the way down. For example, many people have problems with indigestion and take products that block stomach acid. Stomach acid is actually important as it helps set the pH of the digestive tract, it makes certain nutrients – particularly proteins and minerals more available, and it helps our immune system by killing bacteria and parasites that enter our bodies in our food. If you block acid production, then those functions do not happen correctly and digestion is compromised all the way down.

Most indigestion happens from not enough stomach acid. Roughly 5 percent of indigestion is actually from too much acid. Taking digestive aids that contain some hydrochloric acid (HCL) actually helps many cases of indigestion. Raw apple cider vinegar is also good for this. Those with too much acid can typically repair stomach lining and come back into balance.

The small intestine depends on enzymes from the pancreas and bile from the liver. People with issues involving the pancreas, liver and/or gallbladder will have problems assimilating nutrients correctly. There are great natural products to take to help balance these processes.

Many people complain of indigestion after gallbladder removal. It sometimes helps to add supplements containing bile salts to help emulsify fats and help simulate a normal process of digestion.

Another common issue that interferes with digestion is yeast/fungus – also known as candida. People that do not make enough stomach acid will typically develop this as will those who consume too many sweets and other foods that convert easily into sugar. Yeast overgrowth can be brought into balance by diet changes and natural supplements to help kill yeast and restore balance to the intestinal tract.

The last problem for today’s article is constipation or diarrhea. Constipation happens for many reasons – not enough water or fiber, liver congestion, low protein intake, magnesium deficiency, prescription drugs, thyroid problems and more. These can be helped with natural supplements.

Diarrhea when not associated with a stomach virus, is typically caused by yeast/fungus, parasites and/or food allergies.
Good digestion is good for you. Consider making yours better naturally.

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