You know what I’m talking about. You’re stomach is so bloated you look like you are carrying a food baby and have to unbutton your pants for relief. Or maybe you finished dinner well over an hour ago yet you keep burping it up. This was my problem for years. My family never understood why i was ALWAYS burping.
The Digestive system plays a MAJOR role in your overall health. It directly affects the internal and external condition of the whole body. It determines vitamin and nutrient absorption which directly affects how your body uses food for fuel. This in turn affects how you look, think and feel.
It’s of utmost importance that your digestion is working smoothly. Sadly, many of us suffer needlessly with digestive issues on a daily basis. Let’s look at the most common signs that your digestion needs a boost.
Signs Your Digestion Needs a Boost
Your Digestion is in need of a boost if you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis:
- Post meal bloating (a ‘food baby’) on a regular basis.
- Flatulence and gas
- Low levels of energy throughout the day (not just after meals)
- Indigestion, acid reflux and/or loose stool after meals.
- Weak immune system (you get sick easily)
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Acid Reflux/GERD
- Diarrhea, constipation, or an alternating of both
Time to Take an Anti-Acid Tablet???
You might have heard that the cause of acid reflux and digestive issues are the result of too much stomach acid. It seems like a logical assumption. Burping, bloating, and the tingling of a heartburn feels like the byproduct of acidity. However, this scientific claim has now been shown to be incorrect.
After you chew your meal thoroughly and it passes down your esophagus, it enters the highly acidic environment of your stomach. Your stomach is highly acidic due to the stomach acids secreted by cells in your gastric glands found in the lining of your stomach. The stomach acids which help break down your food are hydrochloric acid (HCL) and pepsin.
Stomach acid is vitally important for your health and well being. It plays an important role in defending the body from harmful pathogens that might still be present in your (now chewed) food.
Stomach acid is the prerequisite for healthy optimal digestion. If your stomach acid is too low, the chemical reactions required for nutrient absorption are impaired and could lead to nutrient deficiencies longterm.
The stomach acid HCL is especially important for the proper digestion of proteins. The secretion of HCL activates the production of the enzyme pepsin which is responsible for breaking down the bonds of amino acids in protein. If your stomach acid is too low, your body will be unable to properly digest protein and could lead to essential amino acid deficiencies.
Try This Simple Trick to Bust the Bloat!
To boost your stomach acid, try this Quick and Simple Trick:
Take a Betaine Hydrochloric Supplement.
This is NOT your average supplement. Please consult your licensed medical practitioner before using this. Also, before you stop taking anything like a Proton Pump Inhibitor. It will boost your body’s production of stomach acid as well as help kill pathogens such as the H. pylori bacteria.
I recommend This Brand.
Take This Supplement at the beginning of your meal, preferably with protein. To find the best amount for your body, start by taking the recommended dose labeled on the bottle but observe how your digestion responds. If you don’t notice a difference, increase your dose by one pill at your next meal. Continue in this matter (increasing by one pill at each meal) until you feel a slight burning sensation. Then decrease by one capsule. Viola! You have now figured out the exact dosage that works best for your body. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to consult a functional medicine doctor.
(One side note, do not take this supplement if you have stomach ulcers as it will cause pain and aggravation.)
Thanks for reading! I hope this article was helpful in your journey to healthier digestion!