Digestive System Help?
Boy, have you come to the right
place! I would be willing to bet
that digestive system disorders are probably one of the biggest
complaints made most frequently by people in America. If you are a
sufferer, that probably doesn't make your pain go away, does it? I
have always thought I was immune to digestive problems, because my
sister was the one with stomach issues- I was the one with sinus
problems and constantly "sick in the head." I had the stomach of
steel- and hardly ever threw up, got diarrhea, experienced
heartburn, or suffered from indigestion.
But as I look back
to my childhood, I remember times of sitting on the toilet forever
just to squeeze out a few pebbles. I did not know at the time that
THIS was constipation, and never gave it much thought until probably
five years ago. Heck, these days all you have to do is turn on
Oprah and catch an episode of
Dr. Oz talking about "S" shaped poop to get an education
on bodily wastes. The information is EVERYWHERE! During my first
pregnancy, I got a REALLY good feeling for digestive disorders as I
had all of them from heartburn to gas to constipation like I'd never
constipation, as soon as my son
started solids (we incorrectly thought cereal was a great first
food!) he began experiencing the WORST episodes of constipation. I
felt so bad for him. Even today at the age of 6, I have to be
careful with his diet because I often see the tell-tale pebbles in
the potty. (My kids are afraid to flush after the toilet overflowed
a couple of times.)
My mom and sister
have both been diagnosed with irritable
bowel syndrome (IBS) which, if you have been through the
process, you know is a catch-all diagnosis for "we don't know what's
wrong with your digestive system." My mom has been diagnosed with
diverticulosis and has had a few diverticulitis attacks. They both
have horrible diets, so you would think they'd expect this, but
eating what you love can put you in denial if it means that you can
keep on eating it.
I'm not going to
pretend that I eat very well. I have my ups and downs. Remember my
"stomach of steel" mentioned earlier? Well, that may be true, but I
discovered early in 2007 that I have the gall bladder from hell. I
don't have stones, but my gall bladder is just not working, probably
from stress, neglected tooth decay, or heredity. So focusing on
digestion is very important to me and something I think about every
meal. Hopefully by the time you get to the end of this page, it will
be something you think about as well, because I may just have the
answer to your digestive system problems! Make yourself a cup of tea
or a tall glass of water, and sit down and relax. Let's work this
out together and see if we can fix your pooper!
By the way, we're
not just talking about constipation
here. We're talking about everything and anything that happens
between your mouth and the toilet, whether it's pain, gas, hard
stools, soft or runny stools, or heartburn. If it happens when you
eat or drink, we have a solution or two to think about. Here we
If you didn't
sleep through biology class, you remember that
digestion begins in the mouth. Saliva helps break down
food before you even swallow it. This is where most of our problems
begin. Yes, already you are doomed. Because we are not drinking
enough water, we are constantly dehydrated. When we eat, our dry
mouths don't provide enough saliva- or we are too impatient for our
mouths to provide it- so we drink while we eat. And let's be honest:
we are probably eating something dry and cakey like bread that won't
go down by itself unless it's got something creamy and fatty to help
it slide down. Drinking while you eat prevents the natural
salivation of acidic juices and digestive enzymes and dilutes what
our bodies produce, which prevents the first step of digestion from
happening properly. Coupled with the fact that we eat too fast, we
are sending down the pipes the wrong food, which has not been chewed
enough OR digested enough, further troubling our poor, overworked
So the next stop
in our digestive system is the stomach. Obviously. But do you know
what happens there? Or what doesn't happen there? The stomach turns
and churns the food, which mechanically breaks down your meal.
Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is
released which chemically breaks down your food.
Digestive enzymes are also released. The functions in the
stomach take place when the food entering the stomach signals the
stomach to get busy- almost like a well-tuned orchestra. Hormones
act as the director, making sure that everyone plays the right note
at the right time. That is a very simplistic way of looking at it,
and the details right now don't matter too much. What you need to
know is this: because HCl production and
enzyme levels are frequently low, normal digestion does not take
place. It is also important to know that your body
produces the right enzymes for the foods that you have eaten;
certain enzymes are meant to digest certain foods.
Why is HCl production low? And what
happened to your enzyme levels? HCl is a digestive acid secreted by
a healthy stomach when food is eaten. It initiates the digestion of
proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and aids in the absorption of
several vitamins and minerals. In addition, because HCl is a strong
acid, it inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. Low HCl may be
hereditary, but often results from
extended use of antacids or anti-ulcer
medications, infection in the gut, food allergies, and STRESS.
You will read frequently online that "aging" results in decreased
HCl, but what it really means is "years of not eating the right
foods" which equals "aging." Believe me, there are plenty of "aged"
folks out there who have the healthiest digestive systems on the
planet- because they have taken care of their system over time. And
no matter how old you are, you can reverse and improve your
digestion with a few simple steps.
come from whole, fresh, raw foods.
That probably answers the question, "what happened to mine?" If you
eat a lot of processed, canned, or stored food, your digestive
enzymes will be low. Not only are you not consuming them, but the
digestive enzymes your body does produce are being used to digest
food that should have come with its own digestive enzymes. Make
sense? Digestive enzymes are
substances that allow your body to digest food, and transform it
into the various nutrients required to sustain life. As you can see,
HCl and enzymes are very important if you want to get the biggest
nutritional benefit from the foods you eat. The first digestive
enzymes are those that come when your mouth waters in response to
thinking about food or smelling food. Once food is swallowed, the
body responds by releasing the appropriate enzymes (or not) to the
food that needs to be digested. The
pancreas produces most of our digestive enzymes but its
function may become sluggish due to "age," nutrient deficiencies,
and/or poor diet. You can begin improving your digestive enzyme
fresh, raw foods, or foods that are lightly steamed
pure water that has not been
Eating in a
slow, relaxed manner
worry, anger, fear, or fatigue before eating.
Purchasing digestive enzymes to help digestion immediately
Moving on to the
Food that has been
churned and digested into liquid form in the stomach, is slowly
released into the small intestine
for further processing. This is also where most of the absorption
happens: where the
nutrients from your food are absorbed
through membranes and distributed throughout your body in your blood.
The liver and pancreas are very important organs here, and if they
are not working properly, life will not be good for you. In regards
to the digestive system, the liver secretes bile, which is important
to the digestion and absorption of dietary lipids (fats). As
mentioned earlier, the pancreas is in charge of releasing the
necessary enzymes to digest the foods you have eaten. Besides
digestion and absorption of nutrients, the small intestine plays a
critical role in water and acid-base balance. It goes without
saying, if you don't have sufficient water in your body, your small
intestine will not be able to adequately balance water. This is why,
over and over, you hear, "drink more water," if you tend to
constipate easily. And this is why most people are constipated- they
don't like water, or they drink coffee or cola in its place.
in...must come out
The final stop in
the digestive process is the large intestine, for which three major
segments are recognized: the cecum,
rectum. The large intestine does
not produce its own digestive enzymes, but contains huge numbers of
bacteria which have the enzymes to digest and utilize
many substrates. Two processes are attributed to the microbial flora
of the large intestine:
Digestion of carbohydrates
not digested in the small intestine
Synthesis of vitamin K and
certain B vitamins
Microbial fermentation in the large intestine is the
major contributor to intestinal gas.
A simple way of looking at it is this: if your digestive system is
working properly from the mouth to the small intestine, your output
of gas will be minimal. But if food has slipped by that "rots" in
your intestines, you will have more trouble than you know what to do
The end of the digestive
process is the rectum, where feces are pushed in several mass
movements throughout the day. When the rectum feels ready, our brain
says, "go" and if we are smart, we will listen. If we are "too busy"
or can't get to a restroom, the brain will turn off the "go" signal
and feces will collect and get larger. This is unfortunate,
especially since it is probably too dry to facilitate an easy exit
in the first place. (If it weren't dry, you wouldn't be able to hold
off the need to go so long.) For some people, including small
children, the sensation has been neglected so frequently that we no
longer feel the sensation and end up with large, bloody stools that
cause pain upon exit. I can tell you from my little boy's experience
that it causes grumpiness and pain before exit as well. Perhaps that
is why people are so grumpy these days?
This is something you've heard
a million times before, but aside from water, the other necessary
component to your diet that will help promote soft, frequent stools
fiber. I've already mentioned
something that will increase your fiber intake:
fresh, whole, raw foods like fruits and
veggies. So if you want to improve your
digestive enzymes as well as your fiber, you can do it
with one fell swoop. (Yes, I know that it doesn't make it any
easier, but I have a way to help with that, too!)
Bloating, Gas, Indigestion,
Constipation, Stomach Pain, GERD, IBS, Diverticulitis...
If any of these words make you
cringe, perhaps you have been suffering for a while. If you suffered
through the anatomy of the digestive system, right about now you are
clambering for answers. And you should be! You have either been
suffering for years, or taking meds that make you sicker than your
original problem, and possibly you now have
secondary symptoms such as
I'm sure your doctor never
mentioned that these symptoms can be caused by your food intake, but
they certainly can! And now you are going to learn how to fix them.
Remember in our lesson above,
that foods need enzymes in order to digest in the gut? Well, it
turns out that some foods require acidic digestive enzymes. Other
foods require an alkaline environment. When you eat these foods
together, the acid and alkaline neutralize each other and what you
have left is undigested food
rotting in your stomach and digestive system- causing
flatulence. And since digestion
takes a lot of bodily energy, while all this is happening, you are
searching for a place to take a nap!
If you have any sort of
digestive disorder or gallstones,
it is likely that you have abused your system over time, even if you
did not know it. The good news is, you can learn how to fix your
IMMEDIATELY! Here is what I
recommend for you; try one or all. I have had amazing success with
all of these, most importantly learning how to
combine foods properly.
I incorporated Bragg products
into our diets shortly after I began having gall bladder problems. I
have been 100% satisfied with them. Not only do they taste great,
but I know that they have helped me digest food properly and get the
nutritional benefit from the foods I eat as well. Although I am not
big on vinegar, I was quickly able to acclimate since I realized the
Bragg - Apple Cider Vinegar
~ Add a
teaspoon or two to the water you drink for numerous health
benefits. See link for more information. This product should be
available in your local health food store.
Bragg Liquid Aminos ~ We use this on lots of veggies, eggs,
and my daughter (5) even uses it instead of salad dressing. It
is tasty, and provides essential amino acids. This can also be
found in your health food store.
Bragg Healthy Organic Vinaigrette ~ Ingredients speak for
themselves: Bragg Organic Extra Virgin First-Pressed Olive Oil,
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Bragg Liquid Aminos, raw
honey, garlic, onion and red bell pepper flakes. You might be
able to find this at your health food store, as it is a newer
product and not all retailers have it in yet. You can order
online if you can't find it local!
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See what these customers had to
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Constant Bloating Cured!
I decided to give the Great
Taste No Pain plan a try, and I'm glad I did.
Although I have never had severe pain, I do have a
constant bloating and gas problem and alternating
diarrhea and constipation. I don't have a gall
bladder, so digestion has been a problem. During
the first two days I didn't notice much difference,
except for the fact that I was using the bathroom more.
During the third and fourth days, I began to feel much
better. I especially noticed that right after a
meal, I'm not as bloated and I do not have gas at all.
I've also cut back on the digestive enzymes I am using.
Also, the Greek Salad was great. I most definitely
plan to continue this food combining method.
Gas Gone, Sleeping Better
“The first thing I noticed
is I’m sleeping better, plus I’m not getting the gas and
bloating like I used to. The recipes are great!
It’s really not hard at all….”
I'm More Regular!
“I feel so much better—I’m
more “regular” if you know what I mean, I don’t feel
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I didn’t tell my husband I
was doing this, but he feels good from it too. We
had the Breakfast Frittata for dinner instead of
breakfast, and it was absolutely incredible. I
plan to tell my sister about this program too.
Thanks so much Sherry!”
Christine Meldrum, MI
I Have More Energy!
“I’m a single guy, 71 years
old. I noticed a runny nose the first couple of
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Now I feel like I have more
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for me to eat, I find I’m not resistant to it at all.”
“That spinach and roasted
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Nice and simple too. Today I noticed that my skin
is clearer. I had headaches at first but none
today! (I get headaches all the time) I am actually a
certified fitness instructor but I never practiced what
I preached when it came to food. I just worked out
Lost 20 Pounds
I had to write you and tell you of the
success I have had since using the food combining
principles I learned in your "Great Taste, No Pain"
First, let me start by thanking you for opening up my
eyes. I had always had discomfort after eating, felt
bloated, tired, stomach pain etc...but had grown
accustomed to dealing with the discomfort. I didn't
realize how much pain I was actually in until I changed
how I combined my food. When you expect a stomach ache
after a meal, it's nothing short of a miracle when you
realize that you've gone through the entire day without
wonderful part of what I've learned through your book is
that you don't have to give up anything as long as you
combine it properly. Because of this, I was able to
easily follow the food combining guidelines knowing that
if I couldn't have something this meal, I would build it
into my next meal. I didn't feel deprived or like
I was missing anything, which was generally how I've
felt before when trying to alter my eating habits.
Another wonderful, but not so expected outcome was
weight loss. I have always battled with my weight, and
since using your techniques for the last couple months I
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I just can't imagine EVER going back to the way I ate
Thank you again, Sherry. Learning the correct way to eat
has changed my life and if writing this story has
influenced even one other individual to try your book
and change theirs, then it was well worth it.
A Faithful Follower,
What's this about
Many people simply have digestive disorders
(and other health problems) because they are drinking tap water
that has been fluoridated. Fluoride is a known irritant for
gastrointestinal disorders. We have been drinking distilled
water since 2005, but recently my kids received fluoride
treatments at the dentist office before I even realized they
were giving them to them. Before we even got to the car, my
daughter complained of feeling nauseous. For three days, she
had terrible intestinal pain throughout the trunk of her body.
Without going into the debate about health implications from
fluoridated water, the fact is that some people are extra
sensitive to fluoride and shouldn't consume it at all. I
personally believe no one should, but it's clear that some are
more affected than others (my son was fine from the same
treatment). You can remove fluoride from your drinking water by
home water distiller. Some units are displayed below.
What Else Can I do?
There's no doubt that some of
the information above made your cringe, especially the advice to eat
more fruits and veggies, and drink more water. If that was easy to
do, you wouldn't be in this boat, would you? (And by the way, if you
think you cannot eat fruit, definitely check out the
Great Taste NO Pain link above).
You will definitely have to change some habits, and I have a
suggestion for that, too. Without going into too much detail, learn
how you can
change habits easily and forever by changing your mindset. I
have also used these products and have found success with them as
well. Again, you have a money back guarantee, and nothing to lose!
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