“I can’t digest my food.” “I am allergic to almost everything: dairy, gluten, fruits, nightshades, legumes, nuts, fill in the blank…” Sadly I hear desperate voices about digestive problems and pain from indigestion on a daily basis.
The good news is that if you read this you are likely one of those who are ready to heal their body. Maybe you’d like to know what is happening inside your body? Or you look for what best steps to take forward so your body can find its balance back and you’ll be able to enjoy a calm and smooth digestion.
If you’ve been reading already a lot about digestive problems and are ready for some new stuff that actually works, I am excited to have you here.
In the next few minutes, you’ll learn what simple, but powerful steps I suggest you consider to take to turn your digestive health around. I wish you that you can enjoy eating food again without the fear of what happens 10 minutes after eating it.
The first paragraphs are for the newbies, sharing the basic of indigestion and what symptoms are typical for an impaired digestion. Please feel free to graze and scroll down if you are ready to go straight into action.
Do you remember the last time you’ve ate something and had the feeling your meal just lies like a stone in your stomach? Maybe it was causing you not only discomfort but even pain for hours after eating it. The official name for this group of symptoms is dyspepsia. Dyspepsia essentially means “difficult to digest” and is often used as a synonym for indigestion.
Indigestion can also show itself as a burning pain behind in your chest, behind your breastbone. Most people know the symptom by the name heartburn.
Before we dive into what likely causes your digestive problems, let’s take a short look at what other symptoms related to indigestion you might experience.
The truth is our digestion is highly complex and we actually do not know a lot (or enough 🙂 about what really happens deep down in the dark of our intestines.
The best way to see indigestion or dyspepsia is as the mother of all digestive problems. Therefore symptoms like heartburn, bloating or even pain before or after eating usually are a warning sign for an underlying condition in your body. Our bodies tell as clearly when they are in trouble, the only question is: Are we listening? And are we taking action to support the body to heal? Or do we just try to cover the symptoms and by doing so putting even more pressure on our system?
The traditional school of thought sees indigestion caused by the following conditions:
Not primary related intestinal causes for indigestion are:
This list could go on and on. Our digestion is at the centre of our health. If this part is out of balance, often way before we have the first symptoms occurring, then our overall wellbeing, health and energy level will suffer.
There are a few factors that are commonly agreed that worsen our impaired digestion:
Well, nothing surprising really: Diagnosis and then medication.
If you go to your GP and if you’ve got a good one, he or she is likely to do several tests with you: blood and stool tests are the most common. Additionally, your stomach and upper abdomen might become an X-ray to exclude more severe conditions like cancer and ulcers.
A more invasive diagnostic method is the endoscopy. During this procedure, an endoscope (flexible tube with a camera take pictures from inside of your body) is first swallowed and then pushed through your intestines.
Often this procedure hurts the already sensitive intestinal lining, possibly causing micro-injuries and small intestinal bleeding.
After excluding all severe causes like e.g. stomach ulcer or cancer, you’ll likely get a prescription for an antacid. These anti-acid drugs do exactly that, they make the stomach less acid. By doing so the pain associated before after or during eating will ease off. This is a classic short-term success from modern medical treatments. It eases your symptoms and makes you feel better in the moment. What you do not immediately feel is the price your body needs to pay in return.
Whenever you take a drug to change your body’s chemistry, you can be almost certain that there is a backlash.
In this case, changing the acidity of your stomach through antacids is just the top of the iceberg. The negative impact antacids have on your intestines, the way you can digest food, fight off pathogens and how you can absorb the goodies (vitamins, minerals, etc.) from your food is worth another article. “Funny” enough antacids lead to even more indigestion.
If this sounds all too much to do, have a look at the video tutorial below.
It’s a short guide to help you improve your gut within one week. We go through three actions steps that are easy to implement even in your busiest days.
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