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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

three common Gastro-Intestinal problems and their solutions

1. hyper-acidity: If you suffer from hyper-acidity may want to reduce or cease your consumption of caffeine and alcohol. Long-term consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs has also been implicated, but I haven't found any credible sources suggesting it. Concentrated protein also increases how much hydrochloric acid is secreted into the stomach - eliminating things such as milk, eggs, meat and processed vegan protein can help; legumes and rice do not stimulate the secretion of as much hydrochloric acid (you can later re-introduce things into your diet to see which ones cause problems) and are a complete protein when combined. Also, eating fruit while concentrated protein is in the stomach can cause problems for some people. I prefer dry beans to canned ones because the canned ones often have preservatives which can cause GI problems for some people.

2. Insufficient digestive juices. Insufficient stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) can be supplemented with betaine hydrochloride. Even with sufficient stomach acid, food will not digest unless it comes into contact with sufficient digestive enzymes. There are three primary digestive enzymes: amylase (amylolytic enzymes, which digest starch), lipase (lipolytic enzymes, which digest fats) and protease (proteolytic enzymes, which digest proteins).* Reflux often happens because foods don't break down fast enough in the stomach.

3. chronic nausea: If you are too nauseous to properly nourish yourself, get anti-emetics such as ondansetron (orally dissolving tablet) and promethazine (suppository, for when you'll regurgitate a pill).

*I have chosen some such supplements based on their brand and that they ship from an amazon.com warehouse instead of from a third party (this should also help you find good products using the terms I provided): http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Betaine-HCl-Capsules/dp/B000M4CD2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310210557&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Papaya-Chewable-Lozenges/product-reviews/B0014UABCW/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
http://www.amazon.com/Foods-Gluten-Digest-Enzymes-Vcaps/dp/B003O1TZHQ/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1310211615&sr=8-30
http://www.amazon.com/Twinlab-Enzyme-Maximum-Strength-Capsules/product-reviews/B000GCAVH4/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

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