|More than any country in the world, we have major digestive problems. They are SO common in our society today that it’s nearly impossible to find someone who isn’t occasionally bothered by heartburn, gas, bloating and/or constipation. Between 60 and 70 million people in the US alone are affected by digestive disorders. (According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) and the National Institutes of Health). No other country suffers like we do. Antacid use is widespread. (Want the secret now? Click here: GTNP)Tums. Rolaids. Pepto-Bismol. Gelusil. Prilosec. Maalox. People pop them left and right, many times daily or after EVERY meal.
Not to mention the prescription drugs — Nexium, Aciphex, Protonix and Zegarid. They continue to be among the top-selling drugs year after year.
Laxatives are taken by the truckload too — US laxative sales topped a whopping $1 billion in 2011!
These people aren’t functioning like they should.
The answer – drugs ?
Drugs should actually be helping people, right?
Well, not always!
Not only do they NOT “help” (they only mask symptoms at best) but they are actually harming the health of the people who take them.
Look at the 2 most popular stomach drugs:
1- Acid reducers
Acid reducers “work” by blocking or neutralizing the acid enzymes in your stomach.
But your acid enzymes are needed to break down proteins. So when your stomach secretes acid when you eat meat, dairy or eggs, it’s doing its job and should not be interfered with.
When your foods are not broken down like they should be you get gas, bloating and pain.
Sound familiar? Those are the side effects listed on many an antacid package and now you know why.
Plus, poor digestion of proteins also can cause oversized protein molecules to force their way through your intestinal wall. Then they can travel through your bloodstream and cause inflammation, pain and eventually even fibromyalgia symptoms!
They can also put your immune system on alert, making it mistake the protein molecules as dangerous invaders and launch an attack–that’s how food sensitivities are created.
And without the protection of acid in your stomach to kill it, bacteria from your foods (like E. coli or salmonella) get a free pass right through to your intestines, where they can cause severe diarrhea and a wide number of illnesses.
When you use laxatives to have bowel movements, things may seem fine at first… But something else is happening that you’re not aware of.
When you use laxatives, you’re weakening your intestinal muscles. These muscles are vital to carry out the contractions (called peristalsis) necessary to move your wastes along the intestinal tract and out your “back door.”
Weakened intestinal muscles make constipation even WORSE.
And it can get to the point where your intestinal tract is basically non-functioning and you’re 100% dependent on laxatives…and you can’t even have a bowel movement WITHOUT them!
So what is the answer? GTNP
If you’re one of the 60-70 million people with “issues” on a pretty regular basis and are a slave to purple pills or Ex-lax, it’s time to take a look at what may be causing your gut issues.
Here are 4 possible reasons why your digestion isn’t what it should be:
Gut answer #1: What you eat
This is the most common cause of digestive issues.
If you ever want hopes of being free of GI problems you MUST eat foods that digest well together. Read this again, in bold: … you MUST eat foods that digest well together.
When you do this, your foods are broken down like they should be, your stomach doesn’t have to overproduce acid, and your intestines can “finish the job” like they’re supposed to.
What that means is: No more feeling like a fire-breathing dragon and/or be willing to give your right arm just to have a BM.
The good news is that eating for great health and optimal digestion is simple and VERY tasty.
Just follow the scientifically sound, proven advice in the The Great Taste No Pain manuals.
The Great Taste No Pain system spell out why it’s so important to avoid certain meal combinations because they tax your stomach and intestines. It’s logical, based on simple chemistry and will make perfect sense to you.
Then GTNP goes on to show you what GOOD meal combinations are, gives you suggestions for meal planning, and even gives you a dining out card to carry with you everywhere so all your meals will be pain-free!
You also get 112 delicious dishes that you will absolutely LOVE. Savory soups and stews. Tasty salads. Appetizers you’ll be proud to serve your party guests. Even desserts! (Yes, I show you how to enjoy an occasional dessert without suffering any consequences.)
Gut answer #2: Have the enzymes for the job
Poor digestion can also be the result of too few digestive enzymes.
You see, after years of eating difficult to digest foods, you may have diminished your body’s ability to produce enzymes, because you’ve used up SO many trying to digest complex meals for SO long.
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And, eating cooked foods of any type inherently uses more of your body’s enzymes because the naturally occurring enzymes in the food are reduced or destroyed the more you cook the food…so your body has to do ALL the work.
BTW – using acid reducers depletes your enzymes too!
You see, when you use acid reducers, your stomach continues trying to break down your foods by secreting more digestive acids, but then those acid enzymes it secretes get zapped by the drugs.
Now, your stomach doesn’t just give up at that point–it keeps trying and trying and trying…and the drugs keep zapping and zapping and zapping away your enzymes.
What that means is LOTS of digestive enzymes being secreted and just wasting away.
Gut answer #3: Have the gut flora for the job
Not only does poor digestion make you bloated, gassy and miserable, but having a bunch of wastes stuck in your intestines (aka constipation) also wreaks havoc on your intestinal flora.
This leads to a vicious cycle because, since the friendly bacteria in your intestines help with digestion, when they’re overcome by harmful bacteria they can’t do their job.
And your digestion and constipation get even WORSE.
Harmful bacteria overgrowth also compromises your immune system, making you susceptible to every bug and virus around, and weakens your gut wall so the undigested proteins I mentioned earlier can seep into your bloodstream and cause pain and inflammation.
Take a multi strain probiotic formula every day. It builds up your population of beneficial bacteria, which will improve your digestion and strengthen your immune system.
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Gut answer #4: See a chiropractor
I know this may sound strange, but it’s quite real.
Scientific studies have proven that chiropractic care can allow the digestive system to work properly and can alleviate many gut problems.
You see, your posture and spinal alignment could contribute to digestive problems because your nervous system and digestive system are very closely related.
Chiropractors can make adjustments to your spine that allow the nervous system along the spine (which affects your digestion at several points), to function without any interference from your body or other organs.
Chiropractors refer to this interference within the nervous system as a “subluxation.” By correcting subluxations, chiropractors can restore your nervous system to enable proper communication between it and your digestive tract.
So there you have it!
Four very common causes of gut issues and their safe, natural solutions.
If you’re ready to ditch the acid reducers and laxatives and finally start feeling REALLY good, then you must take a look at what’s behind YOUR digestive problems and do something about it.
When you do, a whole new world will begin for you.
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