How to Help Reflux and Bloating NaturallyFamiliar with GUT feelings, GUT reactions, or GUT instincts!! Yes the GUT is connected to the brain. After all, our neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals are made in the GUT!
When you are unable to digest, metabolize, or excrete the food you eat, you develop gastro-intestinal imbalances, which can cause reflux and bloating.
Do you have some of these symptoms?
Coating on the tongue
Change in color of the tongue
You may have digestion problems. As we age, the productions of digestive enzymes slow down. It is quite common to see may middle to later aged people using PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors) like Nexium or Losec or H2 antagonists like Zantac to “band aid “the functioning of your digestion.
How does a PPI work?
The stomach contains Parietal cells. PPI’s work by neutralizing the active enzymes in some parietal cells, and reducing the production of stomach acid.
The stomach produces Amylase, Gallbladder produces lipase and Pancreas produces pancreases to digest carbs, fats and proteins simultaneously. Many have had their gall bladder excised. In the absence of a gall bladder, the liver has to work doubly hard to digest fats.
Fats are taken up by the body and utilized for energy by a very important amino acid called Carnitine. Carnitine acts like a taxi, shuttling the fats to the mitochondria to produce energy. In the absence of Carnitine, the fats are stored as peroxisomes contributing to fat deposition or adiposity.
How to measure stomach acid
There are many ways to measure Hypochlorhydria and digestive enzyme function. Gastrin is the main hormone that controls the release of acid in your stomach. When there is food in the stomach, gastrin is released into the blood. As the acid level rises in your stomach and intestines, your body normally makes less gastrin.
Medicines that can increase gastrin measurements include antacids, H2-blocking agents (such as cimetidine), and proton pump inhibitors (such as omeprazole).
Too much gastrin causes severe peptic ulcer disease. A higher than normal level may also be due to:
Chronic kidney disease
Over-activity of the gastrin-producing cells in the stomach (G-cell hyperplasia)
Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach
Use of antacids or medicines to treat heartburn
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a gastrin-producing tumour that may develop in the stomach or pancreas
Top 7 ways to fix Digestion troubles
Digestive Enzymes – restore digestive capacity with enzymes in supplement form and incorporate foods that naturally contain digestive ingredients. Include enzymes containing protease, lipase and amylase activity to assist digestion in the small intestine. Pancreatic amylase acts mostly in the duodenum and generates maltose, maltotriose and α-limit dextrins from complex carbohydrates. Pancreatic proteases (trypsin, chymotrypsin, elastase and carboxypeptidases) cleave the polypeptides into oligopeptides and amino acids. Pancreatic lipases are involved in breaking down dietary lipids that cleave the ester bonds within triacylglycerols. Digestive enzymes are found in spices like pepper, aniseed and fruits like pineapple and papaya.
Support hypochlohydria – Betaine, Pepsin and Gentian enhances gastric stimulus for the whole digestive sequence by providing adequate amounts of the main constituents of gastric acid, pepsin and hydrochloric acid to assist protein digestion. If gastrin secretion is reduced (producing a more alkaline pH) some subsequent digestive processes may also be affected including pyloric sphincter opening. Digestive function may deteriorate with age, particularly gastric acid and pancreatic output.
Herbs like gentian, ginger, lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint and fennel seeds have been shown to adsorb gases, reduce stress and help blood flow to the digestive system. Herbs can be compounded individually for you or be used as a tea infusion. If you suffer with heartburn, avoid peppermint tea as it can increase gastric pH.
Restore Probiotic load - Probiotic bacteria strengthen the intestine by handling pollutants that penetrate the intestine, and digestive enzymes such as bromelain and papain help improve digestion processes. Bloating occurs when gas particles formed by bacteria in the intestinal tract travel back into the stomach, causing it swell. Pre and probiotics can effectively reduce bloating. There is a significant correlation between food intolerance and the immune reserve in the lower gut. Put the right good bugs back into the system to support digestion.
Fine tune your diet –Processed and fast foods can overload the digestive system. Eat in a relaxed atmosphere ( not on the run), concentrate on eating ( no TV or media distractions) and chew your foo well before swallowing. Increase your fiber intake. Fiber increases the size and softness of your stool, making it easier to pass and preventing constipation. Fiber also regulates blood sugar levels by slowing down digestion and allowing glucose from food to enter your blood stream at a slower rate. Avoid sodium, starches and artificial sweeteners. Avoid overeating at mealtimes. Consume superfoods that contain a variety of components essential to health e.g. greens, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds. Vegetable juices are beneficial as raw live energy. Cabbage juice for example contains glutamine which eases inflammation in the GI tract.
Remove allergenic foods – food intolerances, allergy or sensitivity act as inflammatory allergens in the gut instead of good nutrients. Remove offending foods if known. Talk to us about food intolerance testing.
Take control of your Stress – Stress is a key contributor to impaired gastrointestinal function. Ensure that you are able to manage stress effectively. Stress hormones can be measures with a simple DIY kit. After all, out happy hormone, Serotonin is made in the GUT. If the GUT immunity is impaired, we make less “happy” hormones.
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