If you’ve ever experienced digestive difficulties then you know how they dramatically impact your quality of life.
But most embarrassing gas, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, acid reflux and other digestive problems can be quickly addressed—and perhaps even eliminated—if you can simply get to the root of the problem.You can then apply all-natural methods to counteract the cause of your digestive woes.
If you’re experiencing digestive problems, look for these hidden causes…
- Prescription And Over-The-Counter Drugs—Almost 100 million Americans in the last five years received prescription drugs for their acid reflux, and millions more consumed antacids. But the effects of these medications are temporary… and often actually make the problem worse.
- Low Levels Of Hydrochloric Acid (HCl)—By the time you’re 50, you may only have 15% of the HCl (the good acid your stomach needs to digest food) that you had when you were 25. Antacids also neutralize your food-digesting HCl.
- Digestive Enzyme Deficiency—Digestive enzymes break down the foods you eat so the nutrients can be properly absorbed into your body. You need amylase to break down carbohydrates, lipase to break down fats and protease to break down proteins.
To promote digestive comfort, you should avoid…
- digestion medications
- immoderate alcohol intake
Limit caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and soda, carbonated beverages and foods such as chocolate and those that are high in fat and spicy.
And you should make it a point to include good digestive practices in your daily regimen such as eating small, frequent meals instead of three big meals a day, chewing each bite slowly and staying in an upright position both while you eat and for at least 45 minutes after you’ve finished.
Plus, you should be sure to consume plenty of raw fruits and vegetables such as apples, apricots, berries, beans, broccoli, carrots and legumes, as well as bran, oats and whole grains (including barley, brown rice, rye, cracked wheat and buckwheat for bread flour).
Also try to supplement your diet with HCl, glutamic acid, digestive enzymes, probiotics and gentian root.
By following these simple suggestions, you can help put an end to your heartburn, gas, diarrhea, constipation and bloating… and prevent digestive problems from affecting your quality of life both now and in your more mature years.
About the author
Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.
Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America’s #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal. For more information visit www.truehealth.com.