Digestion is at the core of maintaining good health. Providing your body with essential nutrients and the ability to break them down into usable fuel for energy is the basis on which to build a solid foundation for good health.
The Digestive Process:
Formally called dyspepsia, is a catch-all term for any number of digestive issues that can result in stomach discomfort. Indigestion can be caused by eating too fast, eating the wrong kinds of foods, or by more serious health conditions like Crohn's or IBS. Learning about common digestive issues when one may affect you or someone you love.
Heartburn and Acid Reflux
Heartburn - a slight burning sensation in the chest or throat - is typically a symptom of acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid leaves the stomach and enters the esophagus. Acid reflux can be occasional or chronic. The more severe and chronic cases are classified as: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.
Common Heartburn Triggers
In the United States, consitpation accounts for 2.5 million doctor visits and an estimated $400 million in laxative sales every year. This occurs when stools become difficult to pass, and is officially defined as when bowel movement frequency drops to less than three per week. In the natural field healthy bowel function is one good sized movement for each meal eaten the previous day. Constipation can be the result of poor diet, stress and certain medications.
On the other end of the spectrum, diarrhea is marked by frequent loose, watery stools. Unchecked it can quickly lead to dehydration. Often diarrhea can be a result of bowel blockage, illness or lack of probiotics.
Enzymes are specialized proteins that speed up normal, necessary reactions in the body. Digestive enzymes can help make digestion infinitely more efficient, and with the addition of probiotics can often help with digestive disturbances, constipation and/ or diarrhea.
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