Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Better Digestion Every Day

The holidays is a time when most of us think about digestion, but you don't have to overeat to have digestive problems. Many people are plagued with them regardless of what they eat. With years of poor eating habits (on the run, while standing, bad dietary choices, drinking sodas with meals, etc.), the digestive system breaks down and you feel the effects of it with digestive symptoms such as acid reflux, belching, bloating, gas, and heartburn. There's more problems linked to digestion than we realize.

As we age, our hydrochloric acid (HCl) production diminishes, so taking anti-acids is not the answer. It only leads to other problems. You need HCl to absorb minerals so soaking up the acid can produce other long-term negative demineralization effects.

Enyzme-deficient foods (not getting enough raw fruits and vegetables), and pancreases that don't produce enough enzymes because it's too busy dealing with all the sugar in our diets, will create an intestinal environment that isn't working. Some people are challenged with not digesting specific foods, which means they don't have the enzymes needed for those foods.

Different enzymes are needed for digestion of carbs, proteins, and fats. Eating a lot of raw foods will do more for your health than provide enzymes, but most people don't take the time to do this and prefer a food enzyme combination that digests all types of foods.

Understanding more about how your digestive system works can give you a better approach to dealing with digestive problems. Finding a long-term solution rather than taking something to "hide the symptom" will make you feel better. Poor digestion causes fatigue, constipation, weight gain, and weakens the immune system.

If you don't digest what you eat, you won't get the nutrients needed to supply your body with the fuel and energy it needs. A poor functioning digestive system has lost some of its ability to turn what’s consumed into a product the body can use. The result of that is your brain tells you that you're hungry even though your stomach is not empty.

Improving your digestion affects your entire system. It's not only what you eat that matters, but what is assimilated to the cellular level. Digestion affects sleep patterns. Chronic reflux can lead to esophageal cancer.

Caffeine aggravates heartburn, reflux and ulcers so you might consider the Kick The Caffeine Habit Program at the Teeccino website. We use a Nature's Sunshine product called Herbal Beverage when we want a coffee flavor. I like it for smoothies and to make mocha drinks (with carob for us).

Take some time to learn more about how your digestive system works and make some choices to improve it. All the supplements in the world won't improve your health if they're not being digested and assimilated.

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