Good health depends not only on eating nutritious food but also on being able to extract the nutrients and get them to the cells where they are needed. (Of course, somehow calories seem to make it through to our waistlines no matter how bad digestion is). And, after the food value is removed, whatever remains can become a toxic burden if it hangs around. We literally “are what we eat” but also what we don’t get rid of. It is easy to ignore digestion if it isn’t talking back with something like heartburn, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. However, that doesn’t mean that all the intricate systems are working up to optimum capacity. There are natural approaches to tamping down GI symptoms that are safer than drugs for that purpose. However, there is no substitute for fixing the root cause of the problem and doing that pays dividends all over the body. Quite often (almost always) the most fundamental cause of GI disturbances turns out to be an imbalance of organisms like bacteria and yeasts, inadequate water and a lack of fiber in the diet.
Our digestion is the “hub” of our nutritional well-being. Liz Lipski, PhD
Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & Other Acid Blockers. Subtitle: What to Use to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Gastric Ailments. Besides explaining the dangers of these medications and helping fix the real cause (which is seldom too much acid) this book is also helpful for solving other digestive problems.
Aloe Vera Modern Science Sheds Light on an Ancient Herbal Remedy by Martie Whittekin, CCN
Digestive Wellness: Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion, Fourth Edition, Liz Lipski, PhD
Supplements (I do not sell any supplements—I just recommend what I believe in):
Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics
HealthWorks Optimal Digestive Enzymes
Twin Labs Super Enzymes (with HCL)
Garden of Life Raw Fiber
Q: Barbara in Beaumont , TX said: “I have Diveticulitus [pockets in the intestine that get infected] and want to get off Asacol because I have no insurance and the medicine is $300 a month.”
A: Probiotics are the most important factor for keeping the colon healthy. (Read about how they work on the Probiotics page(s).) The drug you are on is not only expensive, it has side effects. You might consider using: a fiber supplement, magnesium to loosen the stool and vitamin D3 to improve muscle tone and immune function. Inflammation is part of the problem, so avoid sugar and oils high in omega-6 (like corn, soy and “vegetable” oil) which can worsen inflammation. On the other hand, fish oil is anti-inflammatory as are antioxidants. If you have been told to avoid foods with peels and seeds (many docs don’t agree with that prescription) you might consider Fruit of the Spirit as a source of antioxidant-rich fruits and minerals. A skilled colon therapist can not only flush out toxic build up in the colon, but also help strengthen the intestinal walls and greatly reduce (if not eliminate) the pockets.
Copyright 2014 by Martie Whittekin, CCN