The old saying is “you are what you eat,” but in reality, “you are what you absorb” is a better description.Â Hydrochloric acid is essential in the stomach to help break down proteins into amino acids and is required for the absorption of b-12 vitamins, calcium, magnesium and iron.Â Improper absorption can lead to bone loss, heart problems, anemia, fatigue, muscle weakness and neurological problems.Â Â It is easy to see that good digestion is a critical component to good health.
The all-too-common practice of eating on the run and choosing high fat and high sugar foods can lead to uncomfortable digestion problems and even cause GERD, or gastric-esophageal reflux disorder.Â Â This can cause that burning sensation in the chest that tends to extend into the neck and even the face.Â It is worsened when bending over or lying down because the stomach acid is not held in the stomach by the lower esophageal sphincter.
Triggers can be eating large meals, often too close to bed time.Â Eating too quickly can cause problems as well as can eating when stressed.Â Tight fitting clothing, being overweight or pregnant can place pressure on the stomach causing the reflux response.Â Â Foods made from white flour and white sugar and alcohol produce excess acid in the stomach and initiate problems.
Many individuals get good results from simply omitting white flours and sugars, including carbonated drinks, juices and coffee.Â Replacing these foods with raw or lightly steamed vegetables and fruits can bring relief.Â There should be no eating within three hours of bedtime.Â Using some stress relief techniques can be helpful.Â It the case is an extreme one, a couple of blocks placed under the head of the bed to raise it a couple of inches can be helpful.
The “little purple pill” and other chalky tablets are not the answer.Â The food we are eating in North America is damaging the little door to the stomach that will not stay shut when needed.
There are some products from the Shaklee Corporation that are helpful and worth a try.Â Â Stomach Soothing Complex is an herbal preparation to soothe the digestive tract as well as the stomach.Â There are no harmful side effects and the results are almost instant.Â Â EZ Gest contains 5 digestive enzymes we need that have been depleted.Â Â These are great taken with a meal that tends to cause digestive distress.Â Stress Relief Complex is helpful because it helps to blunt production of cortisol, which is very irritating.
Dallas Health Helpers, Shaklee Distributor in Dallas is about being healthy without drugs or synthetics. Call 214.871.9596 or email us to learn more about vitality and health.