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Health starts in the gut – that’s why understanding the role digestion plays is critical for your overall health. The human digestive process is a complex process with several stages. It begins with a very simple yet important step: chewing. The smaller the particles of food are, the easier they are to process and the smoother digestion will be.

From the mouth, food travels to the stomach, where it is further digested by stomach acid. We’re taught to believe we produce too much stomach acid, but the truth is we produce too little. Symptoms often perceived as being caused by too much stomach acid include bloating, belching, stomach pain, heartburn and bad breath.

Stomach acid performs many functions in the digestive process. It aids in the digestion of proteins, facilitates the absorption of minerals and other essential nutrients, controls harmful bacteria and parasites that may be present in our food, and stimulates the production of additional digestive enzymes. The prolonged usage of acid blockers can lead to an increased risk of hip fractures and increased risk of stomach and intestinal infections, pneumonia and food allergies. Betaine HCl, a natural stomach acid supplement, can be used to increase stomach acidity and prevent those uncomfortable digestive symptoms.

Once the partially digested food mass leaves the stomach, it is subjected to pancreatic enzymes such as amylase, protease and lipase. These enzymes and the liver are essential for digestion and help to destroy harmful bacteria and parasites that have survived stomach acid. If we fail to produce the proper digestive enzymes, we cannot break down and digest our food properly. Digestive enzymes can be affected by a number of factors, such as stress, low thyroid function, meal size and composition, and age.

The final components of the digestive process involve bile salts. They are used to break down and convert fats so they can be absorbed. Individuals who have had their gall bladder removed should supplement their digestion with a supplement that contains ox bile with each fatty meal.

Added protection to the intestines comes from the use of probiotics and glutamine. Glutamine is an amino acid that serves as the primary fuel for cells that line the intestinal tract and helps support and repair the mucosal lining of the stomach. This is particularly helpful to treat symptoms of a leaky gut.

Understanding the role digestion plays is the starting point for alleviating other health conditions. And since health starts in the gut, I can help you truly get healthy.

Health Tips to Increase Optimal Digestive Health Tips:

1. Include Fiber in Diet

The human body needs 20-35 grams of fiber each day. Eat more plant foods like cherries, grapes, crunchy bell peppers, beans, whole grains, and nuts to help with digestion and constipation.

2. Lose Weight

Losing some extra weight can ease the discomfort of heartburn, gas, and belching.

3. Eat Smaller Portions

Help preventing indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and other digestive health problems by eating smaller meals.

4. Hydrate Yourself Carefully

Fluids help your body get rid of waste and stay regular. You can sip water, tea, and other beverages that are good for your health.

5. Exercise to Beat Bloating

Physical activity helps your body’s digestive system move things along and let go of waste. It also curbs stress, which can trigger many digestive problems.

6. Include Probiotics

Eat more probiotics that are considered “good” bacteria, such as yogurts, juices, snacks, and supplements. Research shows they may help if you have diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

7. Reduce Your Stress Level

The brain and digestive system are connected. Stress can worsen problems like IBS and ulcers. Make it a priority to be active, get enough sleep, meditate, and relax.

8. Slow Down

So slow your pace to keep air out of your stomach. Chew each bite and enjoy it! Avoid gum and hard candy if they make you swallow air.

9. Limit Salt Intake

Even a little extra in your diet can cause bloating. Cut back and check food labels to see how much sodium is in a serving.

10. Lactose Checkup

Some people find that their bodies can’t digest lactose, the natural sugar in milk. It makes them feel gassy. If that’s you, there are lactose-free products to choose from.

11. Watch Your Diet

Stay away from or limit foods that bother you. These differ from person to person, from gassy foods (like beans and soda) or fatty items (like fried foods) and cheese to acidic foods such (as citrus) coffee, tea, and tomatoes can spell trouble.

12. Limit Fatty Foods

Fats tend to stay in your system the longest, making them harder to digest. Limit fatty foods such as chips, burgers, and greasy foods. Instead, eat lean meat and fish. Also, try to grill your meals more often than you fry them.

13. Stop Smoking

Smoking weakens the valve at the end of the esophagus (the tube that goes from your mouth to your stomach). That can lead to acid reflux and heartburn. It also makes some gastrointestinal cancers more likely. Ask your doctor for help.

14. Drink Less Alcohol

If you drink, limit yourself to one drink a day if you’re a woman, or two if you’re a man. Too many drinks too often can contribute to heartburn, diarrhea, liver problems, and cancer of the esophagus.

15. Attention to Medication

Some medications or medical problems can interfere with smooth digestion. If you’ve ruled out other problems but still have symptoms, tell your doctor what’s been going on. Bring a list of any medicines you take. This might help spot the source of your problem.

16. Get Expert Advice

If your symptoms persist, come back, or bother you make an appointment to see your doctor. Also seek immediate medical help if your symptoms are severe or if you have a fever, problems swallowing or going to the bathroom, times when you choke, bloody or black vomit or stool, abdominal pain, or have lost weight and didn’t mean to. Your doctor will find the cause so that you can feel better ASAP.

Supplements for Digestive Health: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/ss/slideshow-digestive-health

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