Digestion Series Part One: Indigestion
If I had to choose one topic that I get the most questions about, it would be digestive issues. Everything thing from can’t eat to can’t go [to the bathroom].
So this series is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about digestive health.
What I address in this article is what I use and/or recommend to those in my life. You have to make wise choices for you and your families‘ health and family. Here is my disclaimer. If you can not try things and take full responsibility, thanks for stopping by and please proceed to the nearest medical facility.
Indigestion What is it?
Dyspepsia is the medical term for upset stomach. But really it is a catch all phrase to describe every digestive symptom from the belly button up.
For our purposes, we will define upset stomach as upper G.I. discomfort.
G.I. stands for gastrointestinal…
Gastrointestinal is the term for the organs in your body that deal with processing the food you eat like the stomach, pancreas, and intestines. Clear?
So indigestion is the fullness, cramping, discomfort or belching you can experience after a meal.
What are the causes?
Since it is a broad term to describe a wide range of conditions, there could be a multitude of reasons why you are experiencing an upset stomach.
Although I can not identify every possible cause of indigestion, I will give you three possible triggers.
#1 Body weight putting pressure on the digestive tract
The Weight From Above (Women Only)
I often hear people talk about large breasts causing back or shoulder pain, but I never hear people refer to the problems they cause by sitting on top on the abdominal cavity.
The weight of heavy, large breast can cause abdominal pressure/discomfort, especially when another condition is causing abdominal inflammation.
Solution: The simplest solution is to check your bra. Are you wearing the best fitting, most comfortable bra for you, your lifestyle and your shape?
Bras wear out over time. Go get yourself measured, and replace ill fitting undergarments.
The weight from below
There are two types of fat. The type that jiggles and wiggles is subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous means beneath the skin and above the muscle wall. This is what is removed when people have liposuction.
The other kind of fat is visceral fat. This is the fat under the muscle wall that surrounds the organs.
Visceral fat is a needed type of fat, just not in excessive amounts. This is the fat that pushes your organs out of place and puts pressure on everything in your thoracic and abdominal cavity.
In other words, it is all that upper body fat smooshing on your heart, lungs, and stomach.
Solution: Lose some weight. There is no pills or potion that can relieve the pressure the excess fat is causing your body to experience.
Even losing a small amount of weight will go a long way to bring some relief.
# 2 Mystery Meat and other questionable products
Do you have a favorite dish at a restaurant that destroys your stomach right after you eat it?
Is there a fast food item that makes you almost deathly ill, but the homemade version does not cause any symptoms?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it could be a polymer problem.
In order to give your food its consistent texture and appearance, companies add polymers or plastic like compound to all sorts of food. Read a food label and do a web search, you will be surprised how many industrial grade products are in your food.
There are a great deal of additives in processed/ packaged food.
Inside of the bread basket that they serve you before dinner, the buns with your burger, and the plain white bread that you make grilled cheese with is :
- Potassium Bromate banned in every country except the U.S. and Japan, possible cancer links
- Azodicarbonamide is a dough conditioner that might cause tumors
- Bleach that is used to make bread white…do you drink bleach…then why are you eating it?
Where is the beef?
Meat is not always just meat.
I eat gluten free. You would be surprised how many items on restaurant menus are not safe to eat if you have allergies/sensitivities.
All most every restaurant’s menu that I have checked, some of their meat products contain wheat and soy products.
The most of the major fast food chain claim their burgers are 100% beef…ummm. There are only two burger chains I can eat that does not make me ill.
At both of them, you have to wait to have for your food to be cooked to order. Interesting coincidence.
The food regulation game is usually played by percentages. A food can have sugar, trans fat, calories, roaches,etc…as long as it is under a certain threshold, it can be label as trans fat-free or no calorie.
Basically, I do not believe the claims of “all beef” when these burgers make me all sick.
Common sense is the only tool you have here. What does a burger taste and feel like when you cook it at home?
Does your drive-thru burger look the same? If not, keep on driving.
To learn more about how to use natural remedies to alleviate tummy troubles, read this post about the top three natural treatments.
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