The Natural Way

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

I've been reading about the long-term effects incurred by some people who have had gastric stapling surgery. This is usually done for obese people so they can lose weight. For some, the side effects are profound and may not show up for two to 20 years.

Seems as though most of the negatives are connected with not being able to absorb vitamins and nutrients. Many serious health problems are associated with poor digestion and absorption of food. The body needs a free flow of nutrients from properly digested foods to function. When digestion is impaired, deficiencies and imbalances occur. It's well worth the effort to correct your digestive problems now and prevent more serious conditions later.

Belching, heartburn and distention can be due to an inadequate amount of stomach acid, especially for older people. This runs counter to the media blitz favoring over-the-counter antacids. You need the acid to activate pepsin, the enzyme responsible for breaking down proteins. As we age, the production of hydrochloric acid in our stomach reduces. Enough stomach acid is needed to prepare the swallowed food for transit into the small bowel, emptying the stomach, thereby easing the pressure against the weak valve connecting the esophagus to the stomach.

Another complaint is acid reflux. A very common cause of this is overeating. Digestive juices move up the esophagus instead of moving away toward the small bowel. The problem is made worse if there isn't enough stomach acid to digest the food. Too much alcohol will also cause a backup with an irritation of the esophagus and stomach.

What to do? Losing weight will help through proper food combining. Drinking plenty of water each day and especially some before eating will lower the possibility of eating too much. Eat natural papaya. It is a delicious, all natural and very effective digestive. If you can't get natural papaya, find natural papaya tablets and chew a few either just before eating or just after. There are many other benefits to papaya as well. You can also supplement with digestive enzymes with added hydrochloric acid, especially if you've had gall bladder surgery. Of course if you have stomach ulcers, a consultation with your health practitioner is a very good idea. With many natural ways of improving digestion, the chalky, gritty antacids and the acid reducers are often just not needed. If life is chalky or gritty, isn't it time to do something different?

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