There is not a day that goes by in my practice that I don’t have at least one patient telling me of their digestive concerns.  Now, I know that talking about these sorts of issues is not comfortable or easy, but my patients’ digestion is actually one of my primary concerns.  If you are not digesting and absorbing your food then you can’t help but feel rotten and have health problems.

I liken it to putting really good quality fuel in your vehicle and having a hole in your fuel line, all the fuel runs onto the ground and your engine doesn’t work very well.

We are not all that different, if you’re eating well but not digesting or absorbing, you’re not going to feel well.

Here are some common symptoms I hear when people are not digesting properly:

  • Bloating or belching following a meal (especially meals high in meat and protein)
  • Feeling excessively full after eating or like food sits like a rock in your stomach
  • Heartburn or reflux
  • Gas after meals
  • Undigested food in your stool
  • Iron and B12 deficiency or chronic anemia despite supplementation
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails and dry hair/excessive hair loss
  • Multiple food allergies or intolerances

Many of these concerns can be related to a lack of stomach acid or a history of antibiotic use.  Most people think about stomach acid and get concerned that they may have too much, but actually, if you don’t have enough stomach acid you will get the above-mentioned symptoms.  Conventional medicine typically recommends acid-blocking medication for some of these issues, but in reality, increasing stomach acid and promoting good gut flora is what we need to do.

How to improve your digestive health easily:

This can be done by ensuring that you are eating in a calm, quiet environment since eating when you’re stressed out or rushed reduces stomach acid production.

Ensuring you chew each mouthful at least 7x goes a long way to ensuring you are eating mindfully.

As I have said in many of my previous articles, avoiding food sensitivities is crucial to improved digestion AND overall health.  Processed grains and dairy are common triggers for a lot of people, but so are excessive white sugar and other fake sweeteners.

Digestive enzymes and Probiotics are also keys to improved digestion.  Digestive enzymes, when taken with meals, will work to ensure you are getting the proper enzymes needed to digest your food properly.  People without a gallbladder are more at risk and therefore need digestive enzymes. 

Probiotics help to ensure that once the food is digested it will be properly absorbed.  Not only do probiotics help your digestion, but research shows that they also support your immune system, and work to improve your moods as well.

These are just a few helpful hints to ensure you are digesting and absorbing your nutrients because we know that you are what you eat AND what you digest and absorb!

I hope that this information is helpful and please feel free to contact me at 306.224.0012 or drwendy@harmonyhealthsk.ca if you have any questions.

In Heath,
Dr Wendy