Digestion – Could yours be better?

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.
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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About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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