According to Johns Hopkins Health, about 70 million people in the US suffer from some type of digestive problem.
That’s about one out of every five of us!
Digestive medications continue to be among the top-selling prescription drugs too. Nexium sales were a whopping $3.7 billion in 2014.
So why are we so gassy, blocked up, belching, and bloated, and the leaders of the free world in heartburn?
Well, here are eight of the most common causes of poor digestion. See how many of them apply to you and then help turn it around—it’s easier than you think!
8 Common Causes of Poor Digestion
Digestive problems are a side effect of many commonly used drugs.
For example, antibiotics destroy your friendly gut flora and cause gas and bloating, antidepressants trigger nausea and other digestive problems, blood pressure drugs can lead to constipation and anti-inflammatories cause ulcers and GI bleeding.
Even digestive drugs cause digestive problems! Common side effects of acid reducers like Nexium are bloating, constipation and indigestion.
If you are on any medications that are causing you to suffer from digestive problems, it’s time to talk to your doctor about alternatives, lowering doses, or possibly even getting off them altogether.
Digestion is a parasympathetic process, so your body must be in a relaxed, non-stressed state for it to be carried out.
Eating when you’re relaxed also encourages you to eat slower, which means that your body will recognize satiety before you overeat.
But if you instead eat when your sympathetic nervous system is in gear (such as when you’re working, driving, emotionally upset, rushing, etc.) that can have a huge negative impact on your digestion.
Be sure that your meal times are as relaxing and stress-free as possible, and strive to keep your overall stress level low.
Glutamine is a nutrient that is known for maintaining the health of your intestinal tract, supporting a healthy pH in your body, and helping your body produce glutathione, a key antioxidant.
Glutamine is found in foods like cabbage, beets, beef, chicken, fish, beans and dairy products.
4-Vitamin B6 deficiency
Vitamin B6 is crucial for your body to properly break down sugars and starches…and poor digestion of these can lead to gas, bloating and harmful bacteria overgrowth.
Food sources of B6 include spinach, bell peppers, garlic, tuna, cauliflower, bananas, broccoli, celery, asparagus, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and leafy greens.
If you wish to supplement, a top-quality multi-vitamin and mineral formula like Super Core can help ensure your body maintains proper levels of B6 and a wide variety of other essential nutrients.
5-Omega-3 EFA deficiency
Bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are characterized by marked inflammation.
But many sufferers have gotten relief by helping to reduce inflammation with Nature’s anti-inflammatory–Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
6-Imbalanced intestinal flora
The friendly flora in your gut help to break down starches and fiber—and without their help, you are more prone to gas and bloating!
Unfortunately, many people’s gut bacteria populations have taken a hit from things like lacking sleep, medications, stress, and diets high in refined carbs and soda.
But probiotic supplementation with a multi-strain formula like Super Shield can be remarkably helpful to repopulate your supply of these crucial microbes.
Because of our typical modern hard-to-digest diets (high concentrations of fast food, processed food, and complex meals), many people have diminished their body’s ability to produce adequate enzymes for digestion.
Plus our enzyme making capacity decreases as we age.
If you feel you may be lacking in enzymes, a supplement like Digestizol Max can pinch-hit where your body might need a little help.
8-A poor diet
Nothing can ruin your digestion (and undo the effects of supplements you take too!) faster and easier than a poor diet.
If you ever want hopes of being free of GI problems you MUST eat real foods that are natural sources of nutrients and fiber.
Also, structure your meals so that they are easier for your body to break down using these two simple but powerful rules:
- Eat fruit alone on an empty stomach.
- Don’t eat proteins and starches together in the same meal. Instead, choose whether your main dish will be protein OR starch, then pair your main dish with vegetables (other than potatoes or corn).
It’s that easy!
When you look at what might be causing your poor digestion and turn it around, you can start to feel better—fast!
Do it now!