Healthy Digestion

January 21, 2011

Heartburn and Early Pregnancy

Although heartburn is more common in the latter portion of pregnancy, heartburn and early pregnancy is not unheard of. The raging hormones and odd cravings can often add up to heartburn trouble. So, how can a pregnant woman safely relieve her heartburn? There are certainly plenty of things she can try!

First off, since heartburn may plague you throughout your pregnancy, you may want to take some steps to avoid it altogether. Try avoiding specific foods that commonly cause heartburn, like garlic and highly acidic fruits like lemons and oranges. With all your cravings, you may even encounter some unusual triggers of your own. You may want to keep track of what you’re eating so that you know what exactly is causing your heartburn.

Second, try snacking more instead of gorging on huge meals. This will help your stomach process nutrients easier, and reduce the amount of acid present in your stomach at any one time.

Third, resist those midnight snack urges. Lying down right after eating is bad news when it comes to heartburn. It allows stomach acids to travel up into the esophagus which causes pain, irritation and damage over a long period of time. Try not to eat less than two hours before bed or nap time in order to allow food to pass completely out of your stomach, and eliminate the possibility of acids making their way north.

Fourth, try to relax as much as possible. Especially in the early months when there is so much excitement going on, relaxation can be difficult to achieve, however reducing stress is essential to having a healthy pregnancy. Not only can stress contribute to heartburn, but it can also play a part in high blood pressure and early deliveries, so calm down. Take a walk, join a yoga class, read a book, meditate, get a massage, just do something that will help you maintain your mental health, so that your physical health isn’t worsened by some outside factor that you’re worrying about.

What can you do if you’re already experiencing a fierce bout of heartburn but don’t want to harm the fetus by taking harsh medications to stem the pain? There are many natural remedies for heartburn you can try when you’re in any stage of your pregnancy, even the early months.

Probably the easiest way to literally wash heartburn away is by drinking a tall glass of water. This helps to flush your digestive system of extra acids and dilute any acids that remain, providing you with heartburn relief.

You can also try ginger. Whether you drink it in the form of tea, or eat it as candied ginger, it has helped many people get over all kinds of stomach ailments naturally, including heartburn.

Papaya is also helpful when dealing with the effects of heartburn. It harbors enzymes that help your body to break down food and make it more easily digestible. This prevents the buildup of acids and pressure that result in heartburn and indigestion pain.

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January 11, 2011

Gastrointestinal Problems

The most common causes of gastrointestinal problems are low fiber diet, lack of exercise and taking antacid medications containing calcium carbonate or aluminum.

Naturally there are other factors that feed your gastrointestinal problems as well. Living in a high stress environment, eating dairy products and taking antidepressants, narcotics and even iron pills can keep your gastrointestinal problems aflame.

It never ceases to amaze me how many complications and symptoms, including gastrointestinal problems and disorders, which have common causes.

It seems modern medicine over looks some of the most obvious things just because they assume you need a different drug for every different symptom.

Did you know that by balancing your internal environment that your cells live in can eliminate the risk of almost every disease known?

It’s true. For example the bacteria Helicobacter pylori can’t thrive in healthy tissue . . .

Helicobacter pylori is found in gastritis and ulcerations as well as other gastrointestinal problems, but that’s not the only bacteria that thrives in an unhealthy environment . . . all harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites crave the same environment.

If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems you may want to look at the health of your cells rather than just attacking the bugs.

Imagine if you didn’t need a different drug for each bug.

Truth is you don’t and if your gastrointestinal problem isn’t just a case of poor food mixing or simple overindulgence, then you probably caught a bug.

Whatever gastrointestinal problem is bugging you; if it’s a flu bug or maybe a case of salmonella or even E. coli . . . perhaps it’s a cold virus or a nasty case of Candida albicans (yeast infection). No matter what you call it, it is causing your particular gastrointestinal problem because the cellular health inside your gut has been weakened.

These bugs only attack weakened cells.

A weakened cell is a cell that has lost its vital energy, it’s dropped its shields which invites invaders like bacteria, viruses and parasites to attack.

A natural solution to your gastrointestinal problem is to focus on removing whatever conditions the bad bugs thrive in and replace it with a healthy condition that only good bugs need to grow.

Did you know last week the FDA finally released the very first report revealing the amount of antimicrobial drugs sold and distributed for use in food animals?

The massive total for 2009 is 28.8 million pounds . . . plus more than 7 million pounds of anti-biotics were used on humans in the same time frame.

Those anti-biotics kill both the good bugs and the bad bugs. Sad thing is . . . the bad bugs mutate and build-up resistance to these drugs.

The good bugs are the probiotics and homeostatic soil organisms your gastrointestinal system needs to stay healthy.

It should be no surprise then if I told you millions of people with gastrointestinal problems are suffering from anti-biotic over-kill.

Remove the cause of your gastrointestinal problem before you start experimenting with more drugs. The information is out there, you simply have to want to know the truth and it will reveal itself to you.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

P.S. Food for thought: Anti-biotic means anti-life, where as pro-biotic is for life.

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