Maybe it's your Digestion
Do you have weird symptoms? Are you wondering what might be wrong?
Truly, many people I see in my clinic are eating diets they believe are “good”. But, when it comes to the human body, we know things are never as simple as they seem, right? The common assumption is that eating wholesome food will make you strong, resilient, and age well. While that’s a good place to start, there’s more to good nutrition than just choosing the foods that are highly nutritious.
What do I mean? In this post I am talking about how eating healthy food isn’t going to serve you if your digestive system isn’t able to extract the nutrients.
We all have symptoms, but many seem weird because we don’t know where they came from or why they crop up at odd times. The invisible subtle damage to the digestion system over a long period of time can result in symptoms that don't seem related to food. A digestive system that is not operating properly can actually block necessary nutrients from being absorbed. That’s right. The very ones you think you’re getting when you eat that perfectly planned dinner.
Damages in the digestive system can and do lead to problems and they can show up anywhere.
It is important to understand that each step in your digestion is critical and must operate efficiently. If we consider the many phases of the digestive process, we see 3 essential qualities:
Each extremely precise enzyme produced by your own body must be timed and sequenced with other enzymes. If one is either missing or shows up in the wrong amount in the chain, the whole process wobbles.
The mechanical contractions (peristalsis) in the stomach, gut and chemistry (enzymes) of digestion are necessarily coordinated. Each one triggers the next. Any misstep affects the entire digestive process.
The close tolerances here do not allow for a lot of interference. Toxins, bacteria/yeast overgrowth, and allergens all derail the delicate balances mentioned above. If your system has been assaulted by heavy metals, herbicides, or poor food choices in the past, the damage may still be blocking your digestion and absorption of the nutritious food you are eating now.
Furthermore, you may feel physically fine, but stressful states (ranging from personal grief, responsibilities, or national news) will have an impact that you cannot see.
Of course, the human body can compensate to a point, but as the damages stack up, they take a toll and reduce our prospects for energetic and symptom-free lives.
Is it possible to improve the digestion? Yes, it is helpful to identify the most common problems. Here are some ways we can begin to get the most out of our food.
Acid RefluxWhen someone tells me they have trouble with gastric reflux, we have to wonder why. Of course, the fragile lining of the esophagus can be damaged by repeated reflux. So this condition must be tended to.
The usual advice is to change the diet to reduce “acid forming food” or to use medicinal (aka chemical) intervention to reduce the production of acid.
But acid in the stomach is important and necessary. I suggest betaine hydrochloride for improved acid production.
Why add acid to an problem caused by acid? The answer may surprise you. Acid reflux is caused by a lack of adequate amounts of acid so I prefer to improve the quality and amount of acid in the stomach, not suppress it. Here's why.
The stomach is made to pre-process your meal by churning it up with acid before moving on to the next stage of digestion in the upper bowel. In fact, if the gate (sphincter) at the bottom of the stomach does not register the proper acid content it will not open. This will cause the partially acidified food to linger in the stomach. The longer the semi-digested food remains in the stomach, the higher the probability that it will bubble and produce gastric reflux.
The solution is to stimulate proper digestion with betaine HCl, a natural source of hydrochloric acid. Taking 2-4 tablets (according to label recommendation) at the beginning of a meal usually resolves acid reflux and regurgitation.
Gall Bladder Removed
It collects bile which is produced in the liver. When partially digested food leaves the stomach, the gall bladder adds the collected bile to be mixed in. As explained by Dr. Ken Berry, bile then emulsifies the fats in the food for further digestion.
The gall bladder is a sack that dumps the bile from the liver. Once it is removed, the liver continues to make the same amount of bile. Gradually it takes over the storage capacity that the gall bladder provided.
The best strategy is to slowly and gradually increase fat in your diet as the liver begins to compensate for the missing gall bladder. You will then be able to consume the necessary fats for healthy metabolism.
If you cannot identify the specific agent that is causing the inflammation, there is still something you can do for relief.
A simple tea of this plant resin may be the answer. It is known as Boswellia, a powerful anti-inflammatory substance that supports many tissues in the body when taken in safe amounts. It helps the gastro-intestinal tract by reducing inflammation, nourishing the intestinal walls, and providing relief. The bonus is the nourishment it provides to the brain and nerve tissues, lungs, joints, muscles, and tendons.
Intestinal Gas and Bloating
If this is a frequent problem for you, understand that legumes (beans, peas, and peanuts) encourage bacteria responsible for foul gas. Treating this problem may be simply removing these foods from your diet.
Many herbal companies make effective herbal teas that soothe and reduce gas in the bowels. An example is Gaia Herbs’ Gas & Bloating Herbal Tea.
Glutamine (aka L-glutamine) is an important component for repairing the cells lining of the intestinal tract. Supplementing with this can be a powerful support for restoring optimal function to the intestinal walls.
Sensitivities to Toxins and Allergens
Good Diet Choices and Support
As you begin to understand these and other supportive techniques to calm inner disorder, you may find an overall feeling of strength and peace.
I think many problems can be corrected and prevented by dialing in your best diet. Glorious Health Coaching using the Paleo-Keto-Carnivore flexible plan does just that.
Of course, this post is only a general guide. Consult your functional medicine practitioner if you are having serious symptoms. Your health depends on it.
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I hope this will begin your journey to better digestion. Your health depends on it!
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