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Indigestion - Not A One-Solution Problem

Indigestion is a term used to describe any discomfort or pain after eating in the upper abdominal area. Many people go to their conventional doctor and receive a prescription for anti-acids when complaining about digestive issues. This is a hit or miss treatment and even if it helps with the symptoms, can be more of a problem to the client in the long run. Anti-acid medication inhibits the body's ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis. These medications can also cause malabsorption syndrome and set the body up for pathogenic invasion.

Indigestion is a multifaceted problem and can stem from hyper or hypo stomach acid secretion, it can be as a result of a gallbladder problem, pancreatic insufficiency, ulcers or gastric reflux due to a lazy sphincter muscle located at the base of the esophagus. There can also be a combination of these issues along with lower GI problems like leaky gut, colitis, crone's, or pathogenic invasion of yeast, parasites, etc. This is why it is important to have a thorough analysis by a trained professional before treatment.

The ultimate problem with indigestion is that the body is not fully absorbing the nutrients you ingest. Malabsorption is the failure of the body to absorb nutrients due to digestive lapse. The vitamins and minerals do not enter the cells, but are eliminated as waste products and undigested food can turn into toxins and fat storage. The symptoms of a lack of nutrition due to the malabsorption syndrome are anemia, weakness and fatigue, swollen abdomen, muscle cramps, bone pain, and more degenerative diseases like autoimmune syndromes.

So, indigestion should not be taken lightly, or masked with a few Tums. The body turns over 300 billion cells a day. It takes 8 month to turn over every cell in the heart, 5 months for the liver, and the stomach lining takes only 4 days to renew itself. The problem is, if you are not assimilating the nutrients you consume (assuming you have a healthy diet and supplemental routine), the cells that are turned over may not be healthy cells.

With the above considerations in mind, it should become apparent to my readers that indigestion is not a one-solution problem but rather the body's way of telling us that it is heading for big trouble in not healed properly. In my estimation, it can take 3 to 6 months to repair and rebuild the digestive mechanism. The methods for doing so vary depending on the client's evaluation. But I can assure you, healing through orthomolecular therapy is far more effective and out reaching than taking anti-acids. Just taking digestive enzymes, probiotics and drinking aloe-vera juice will often do wonders for most people with digestive issues.

Dr. Di

Dr. Diane Spindler has 20 years of experience in Microbiology and Biochemical research. Her continued education in related fields combined with a passion for healing inspired her to open her practice ?Mountain Holistic Health, Inc.? in Indian Hills, Colorado in 1996. Dr. Di is a Licensed and Certified Traditional Naturopath with a PhD in Nutrition. Her services are availible locally and long distance. To contact her call 303-697-1736 or diane@mountainholistic.com.

The statements in all articles have not been evaluated by the FDA. The nutritional information, suggestions, and research provided are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease and should not be used as a substitute for sound medical advice. Please see your health care professional in all matters pertaining to your physical health.

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