Some of the most common complaints I get from patients centers around their digestive issues, especially in my over 40 patients. Seems things they used to be able to eat just don’t sit well with them anymore, or they are frequently bothered with constipation, gas, cramps, acid reflux, or bloating. As I tell my patients, these can all be signs of poor digestion health that can start to occur as early as the age of 30, but really occur more frequently as we get beyond our 40s.
You may think that poor digestive health just affects your intestines, but in reality your intestines are literally the seat of your immune system and your overall natural health. It’s the place where all the food you eat is processed, nutrients absorbed, and distributed through your blood stream to nourish your entire body. How well you digest and absorb your food is crucial to keeping your immune system, and your overall digestive health, in top form. As a bonus, healthy digestion also keeps another important organ, your skin, functioning well, looking clear, glowing, and young!
Let me share with you what I tell my patients about how to keep your digestion optimally working so that you can derive the most benefits from your food.
Digestion and Your Health
Like my patients, you likely can look back to a time in your youth when you could eat or drink anything without problem. Then as you passed 30, you started noticing that some things you used to eat without issue are suddenly coming back up on you and/or causing a lot of bloating and discomfort. The reason for these digestive disorders is fairly simple.
As we get older, our digestive enzymes and amount of hydrochloric acid in our stomach decreases with each passing year. Less of these agents hamper our ability to digest our food as well – especially heavier animal fats, meats and spicier dishes. Suddenly those slices of pizza dripping in cheese, peppers, anchovies, pepperoni, and whatever else, are lying like lead weights in the bottom of our stomachs.
To make matters worse, the acid from the tomato sauce usually causes us to burp hot acid back into our throats keeping us awake most the night. So, what can you do to quickly remedy a situation like this? Here are some natural health treatments, which I recommend to stop both the burn, and help get food out of the stomach and digested faster:
While those are some immediate “fixes” in a digestive disorder crisis, I recommend more proactive, preventative natural health measures that you do every day for better digestive health such as:
Digestive disorders can be a little trickier when you get older and you may have to plan ahead to eat the foods you want to enjoy. However, if you pay a little closer attention to maintaining your digestive health, you’ll go a long way in keeping your immune system functioning optimally which will reward you with good health long into your golden years!