Do you have bowel problems, does your gut scream NO?
Whether you call it bowel problems, the runs, the scoots, heartburn or even worse constipation and
it's the most embarrassing problems I can think of.
Its a growing epidemic and you know that by all the over the counter stuff there is to try and aid in heartburn, belching, and of course flatulence.
it's not only mentally and physically that we deal with it but socially as well and that's the worse part.
Remember, all health begins at the cell and if your digestive system is not working properly then I bet your also feeling tired, run down and may even be battling weight issues.
So let's look at the six stages of nutrition and you'll see how important digestion is to your everyday well being.
A good diet is the first step to ensuring our bodies receive the proper balance of nutrients necessary for optimal health. Diet consists of all the foods, liquids and supplements that we consume daily.
Digestion begins with chewing and includes the action of acids and enzymes. It is the process by which complex foods are broken down into simple substances that the body can use for energy and support of cells and tissues.
Absorption is the process by which the products of digestion - simple sugars, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients etc. - pass through the lining of the intestinal wall and are taken directly into the body's circulatory system.
Transporting the absorbed nutrients to each cell of the body is the role of the circulatory system.
We may be eating properly, digesting properly and absorbing nutrients properly, but if our circulation is impaired, nutrients may not reach their cellular destinations.
Assimilation is the delicate process by which nutrients are passed through the membranes which surround each living cell.
For the body's cells to grow, repair, and rebuild themselves, proper assimilation is essential.
For this process to take place, cell - especially their membranes - must be healthy.
The final stage of nutrition is the efficient elimination of wastes from the body. Elimination begins at the cellular level and is completed through many other metabolically active areas such as the skin, kidneys, lungs and colon.
It is essential that wastes are completely and regularly (every day) eliminated from the body to avoid bowel problems.
I've had bowel problems or digestive problems since I was born.
I would eat and be in the washroom immediately. I was unable to eat certain foods as the pain I experienced in my gut was so excruciating that in more cases than not I couldn't leave my home.
All this left me frustrated, depressed and fatigued.
I had all the tests done and to be honest would rather go through childbirth than do that all over again.
Even at the end of all those tests my doctor could only tell me "that's just how you are so learn to live with it". So I did for a very long time.
It wasn't until I got older did I completely understand what was going on and how those over the counter remedies were only a band aid solution to a deeper problem.
By the way, contrary to what you may have heard, you really should be going to the bathroom everyday...yes everyday!
In the U.S alone more than 100 million people suffer from bowel problems or digestion problems; and every year 15 million people visit their doctors with complaints of heartburn, sore throat, and indigestion or difficulty swallowing...all signs of reflux, a medical condition afflicting a growing number of people every year.
heartburn, flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, burping-these are just a few signs that your digestive system is not working properly. We often just turn to a temporary solution, like antacids and laxatives, to combat bowel problems.
These "solutions" may also signal more serious conditions, like ulcers, diverticulitis, and even cancer.
Antacid medications are big business. Huge advertising budgets are spent to convince us that indigestion or bowel problems is caused by too much stomach acid - and that alkalizing drugs are the solution.
This approach does provide temporary relief, but it is more beneficial to corporate profits than it is to your health. And it is based on a misconception.
The most frequent cause of indigestion is too little stomach acid, not too much. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach serves two main purposes:
It converts the inactive digestive enzyme, pepsinogen, into its active form, pepsin.
It sterilizes bacteria and putrefactive byproducts of digestion.
Without enough of this valuable acid, food cannot be digested properly. It stays in the stomach for prolonged periods, fermenting away and producing increasing amounts of gas.
Taking an antacid at this point alkalizes the stomach contents, causing them to be dropped into the small intestine. There they continue to ferment, still producing gas.
Noting has happened to improve digesting. Quite the contrary.
This drastic measure halts any further digestion and merely relocates the symptom - by exchanging stomach gas for intestinal gas (which is less socially acceptable).
Intestinal gas (flatulence) is actually far more than a social problem. In the passing of wind, some of the breakdown products of putrefaction and rancidity may be absorbed from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream.
There they can circulate throughout the body, adding an extra burden to other organs of excretion (such as kidneys, lungs and skin).
If hydrochloric acid levels are very low, sometimes the emptying time of the stomach is delayed for so long that bile is regurgitated backward from the duodenum into the stomach.
Bile is very caustic. It can even irritate the stomach lining to the point of causing ulcers.
Because bile is alkaline, it causes a reflex secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This may be experienced as a burning sensation.
Taking an antacid will relieve the burn of course. The stomach only became over acidic after the bile had been regurgitated into it.
If there had been enough hydrochloric acid when it was needed, no burning sensation would have been experienced later.
Chronic use of antacids makes an already underactive stomach even weaker!
Proteins and minerals become increasingly difficult to break down and absorb. Bodily tissues can be starving for these vital substances even though one may be consuming copious amounts of them.
The promoters of antacid drugs do not tell you that their products may actually contribute to bowel problems and degenerative diseases.
Fortunately, there is a better way. Indigestion is a symptom of digestive weakness. It makes more sense to strengthen that weakness than it does to stifle its symptoms.
Tips to help banish burp bloat and bowel problems.
If you have bowel problems as I did, here are some helpful tips:
Never drink with meals. the worst is ice cold beverages before or after meals. The stomach lining cells secrete hydrochloric acid (HCL), but when you drink ice cold beverages you freeze the lining so you cannot secrete HCL. It's best to drink a half hour before or after a meal.
Don't eat when stressed. Try to listen to relaxing music and avoid stressful topics.
Chew your food well. Chewing stimulates the release of enzymes. It is much harder to digest if not chewed properly.
Food combining is helpful in severe cases. For instance never eat fruit with a meal. it should be eaten on its own. protein and carbohydrates should be kept separate.
Minimize spices. They can be irritants.
Avoid alcohol, vinegar, coffee and tea before during and after a meal for at least 30 minutes as they stop digestion.
A high fiber diet helps keep intestinal functions smooth and regular, and supports optimal health. A great way to avoid bowel problems.
Take a hydrochloric product to aid in the digestion process.