We can all identify with that heavy bloated feeling after a meal or when we have, unwittingly, overindulged. For some though, it requires very little food to trigger these symptoms. For others it is specific foods and then there are those that it happens to when certain combinations of foods and drinks are consumed.
Problems of constipation and diarrhoea are also an indication that something is not functioning properly with our digestive system. You can read more about those issues in the Bowel Cleansing section.
So, why all the fuss? An antacid will solve the problem, right? Well, we need to revert back to the way in which our bodies work. Our digestive system has been intricately designed so that all foods can be digested, broken down into easily absorbed particles which move into our blood stream and finally into the cells where they are needed.
These nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of our whole body, for cellulae equilibrium. So it stands to reason that if foods are not efficiently broken down then these valuable nutrients will not reach their much needy destination. Our stomachs have actually been designed to handle high levels of acid and in fact, the digestive enzymes that work in the stomach are extremely acidic – very much like the HCl (Hydrochloric Acid for our swimming pools).
The bloated feeling and/or the reflux gives us a good understanding that certain factors in our digestive process are amiss.
In many this can be easily rectified.
The supplements listed below provide vital substances which can ensure healthy digestion with minimal discomfort.
This high potency probiotic sets the stage for the correct colon ecology. It assists the stomach in producing the correct enzymes and the digestive process in the duodenum. This probiotic should form part of our daily or monthly health hygiene programme.
To speed up the process of healing and to relieve unpleasant symptoms associated with this scenario, Optimum Digestion provides the digestive enzymes which will assist in the breakdown of food into small particles. Once the symptoms ease, the dosages and use of this supplement can be reduced and in many cases, phased out altogether and then only used when needed.
It is has long been known that digestive enzyme production is often reduced when we are emotionally or physiologically stressed. Moreover the nutrients in this product help the production of the body’s own digestive enzymes. Doing this, the digestive process will be restored and supplementation for this issue can move to the preventative phase.
Sally T. MSM (methyl solfonyl methane):
For those who suffer from a severe intolerance to wheat, it may be of help to add this to your supplementation.
Pure, still water is essential for the healthy functioning of our entire digestive system and is especially important in alleviating constipation. All other caffeinated or sugary carbonated drinks must be eliminated.
In many instances the avoidance of wheat products assists with lessening the feelings of bloatedness. This would include eliminating bread, pasta and pizza. Then restricting the intake of refined foods, strong spices and alcoholic drinks has also been shown to be beneficial. Certain drinks like beer, wine, ciders and wine derivatives can aggravate this condition. Even fruit juices and certain fruits can have a negative effect. Being aware of how ones stomach reacts and then restricting the intake of these substances can help to get the stomach functioning normally again. Eating smaller meals more often and ensuring that there is a healthy balance between proteins and carbohydrates on the plate is also important.
If symptoms still persist, if you are passing a very dark stool or vomiting blood, assistance from a medical professional must be sought as soon as possible.
As mentioned before, feeling stressed can also impede the ability of your digestive system to function properly. Find ways of relaxing. Take up a hobby, exercise or visit with friends that help you relax.