Because of the abuse our digestion system encounters, it is believed that 50% of the population over 50 has a hiatus hernia and that they may even start as young as three years of age.
You may remember as a child having tummy aches or find that your own children, or others around seem to suffer from tummy aches far more often than we do as adults. Or do you notice that children vomit and have diarrhea more often than adults. These reactions are the bodies way of getting rid of irritants. It the body is exposed to irritation long enough it has to protect itself so it begins to harden. It will still react to the abuse by going into shock, but the symptoms will not show as vomiting and diarrhea.
We then establish one way communication with the stomach, take the abuse and shut up. This is the way many of us go through life, which is the perfect environment for disease to grow.
If we push it past the hardened state it will react. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heart burn, indigestion, belching, gas bloating appetite disorder and ulcers, all signs the stomach is having trouble. Rather than stopping the irritation, we try to shut it up again. We take drugs like Tagamet, which blocks histamine production of the stomach. Histamine is a chemical produced by tissue to aid inflammation, which is the bodies natural reaction to irritation. The drugs block the natural reaction to irritation, but it does not stop the irritation.
If people have arthritis, heart attacks, skin problems, allergies, menstrual problems, impotency or cancer they don’t correlate those problems with their diet or digestion, because they don’t have the obvious signs of digestion problems
There are several ways that stomach malfunction can cause problem. If the stomach doesn’t churn properly, than you will not be producing enough digestive juice. Not enough digestive juice, then the nutrients in your food will not be absorbed. Stomach acid is important for the absorption of minerals and amino acids.
Calcium and iron have a positive charge and so does the lining of the intestinal tract. Like repels like. If the stomach makes enough acid, the mineral picks up an extra positive charge from the acid, which than allows the mineral to bind with a protein.
Mineral deficiencies are common among people. Lack of stomach acid is one of the main causes of poor absorption of minerals. Digestion can go on without the proper stomach function, due to the pancreas doing most of the work. But to stimulate the pancreas and gallbladder to work properly the stomach juice and stomach activity are important.
Some of the things that effect stomach acid production are: Sugar, coffee, dairy, stress, or any food that we may be sensitive to.
The function of the intestines. When the stomach is not functioning properly it then effects the intestines. When there is not enough stomach acid, there are micro organisms from the intestines getting into the stomach and the small intestines rather than staying in the large intestines where they belong. We need good intestinal flora(good bacteria) to be healthy. These flora, are full of vitamins and keeps the balance of bacteria and yeast in check. Taking antibiotics kill our good bacteria, and if not replaced leaves room for the yeast to take over causing a condition known as candida. And the yeast in our bodies love sugar. So we can create a very unfriendly environment in our bodies, which leads to allergies, headaches, skin conditions, foggy brain and list goes on and on.
All this inflammation leads to disease.
So we really need to stop and think of what damage we are doing to our bodies. Pop, coffee, white sugar and white flours, fried foods.
We may have heard the saying everything in moderation. But what does that truly mean? My moderation could be once a month, someone else’s could be once a week, someone else’s one a day. As mentioned previous you may not experience full blown symptoms of compromised digestion, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t being effected.
Unfortunately we can’t always see what is happening inside our bodies, and may not feel effects until something is serious. Sometimes the damage is done and it is very hard to repair it. If you take your car in for regular oil changes and filter changes and maintain it, more chances than none you will get more miles out of that car. Your body is the same way. Give it the vitamins and minerals it needs, fill it will water, add some lemons, give it the proper rest.
Most of all love it, more than you love your car. Without your health it may be impossible to do the things you truly love to do.
Avoid processed foods, coffee, alcohol, breads, and sugar. Don’t drink with your meals. Chew well. Add apple cider vinegar or digestive with meals. Add a good probiotic to add healthy bacteria to your gut for absorption, B vitamins, Vit K. The better you absorb, the more nutrients get to the cells for regeneration and repair. Leading to disease prevention.
Love and Gratitude
Linda Murphy RHN