‘Assist’ with Digestion
There are so many issues that we could discuss here – so I will try to stay focused and on track.
If you haven’t already seen the movie – Food, Inc. Please do so immediately. It is worth your health, time and money. My point here in directing you to see that is so you will understand all the implications that food has on our health – all the way back to where the food comes from before it goes from your hand to your mouth.
Chemicals, pesticides, dyes and additives are all, for the most part, unnatural and unhealthy for your body and immune system. Understandably, there is a need for some of these things, but the point that I must make here is that everything has a risk to benefit ratio. This includes all forms of medicine – is the risk of doing X worth the benefit. There is always this choice when taking any prescription, doing any surgery or procedure and even with any supplement or food that you put into your mouth.
I have often said that the most important thing you can do for your health is eat a healthy diet loaded with clean, organic “whole-foods”. This means grass fed beef, free-range eggs, no processed foods, fruits, vegetables. Minimal complex carbohydrates and sugar…you know what I am talking about here – cakes, cookies, pies, breads – just to name a few.
Another aspect that is diet related is to rotate your foods. This is very important – you can research on the internet and you will find a plethora of information about food sensitivities and allergies. We tend to be creatures of habit and constantly and continuously consume 30-40 of the same foods 80% or more of the time.
Over the course of our lives of doing this, we often have issues internally because our bodies need variety. It is the spice of life. Keep it interesting. Many doctors advocate what is known as the rotation diet. This can be useful when trying to determine what you may be sensitive or allergic to, but it is also beneficial in that it will allow your body to rest and relax between days of consuming something you are sensitive to.
I have said many times the most common food sensitivities are wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy and corn. A specialized test can be run from a company such as ImmunoLabs in Florida to give you information about exactly what you should and should not consume for your health and well-being.
Eating foods that are toxic and laden with chemicals, high in fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates have been linked to many issues including, but not limited to, diabetes, weight gain, cardiovascular issues, attention deficient, hyperactivity, difficulty with concentration, digestive disorders (constipation, diarrhea, IBS), insomnia and anxiety. This test will definitively rule out for you what is causing the issues. Removing these foods for 4-6 months with rotating in high quality foods will give your body a chance to heal. Most often, these foods can be reintroduced into the diet after your system has had a chance to heal with little to no issues of the symptoms recurring.
A problem of epic proportions in this country is constipation. This first and foremost is a dietary related issue – such as not getting enough fiber, eating garbage food, lack of exercise and dehydration. A question that I constantly ask all of my clients, friends and family is how their bowels are. Most people think that every day is quite normal to have a bowel movement. This I assure you is not! Once per day is the minimum to maintain health. It is so important that we keep all of our organs of detoxification – clean and functioning at optimal capacity. This includes our liver, colon, skin, kidneys and emotional wellbeing. If our colon is backed up, it is not uncommon for the bacteria that are present in our colon within the stool, to be reabsorbed into our bloodstreams. This process is known as auto-intoxification, which means that we are doing something that is causing the toxins to be re-introduced.
If you are having issues with constipation, please check out our recommendations BEYOND FIBER which is a great blend of fiber and nutrients – good for colon and heart health.
TERRAMIN (mineral supplement that detoxifies the gastrointestinal track)
OXYPOWDER (by far the best product used to help move the bowels without it actually being a laxative. This is better than any natural or conventional product I have seen. It is not a stimulant and should cause no cramping. For the cost and benefit investment – it is truly a blessing for those who suffer from constipation.
For those of you that suffer from diarrhea – please don’t hesitate to contact us as there is lots that can be done for you as well…most of it the same just with a slightly different slant. There is a fantastic remedy from China called Curing Pills. It works for any digestive issue but is exceptional for diarrhea and irritable bowel.
We see commercials all the time for these wonderful new drugs that are being used to treat things like heartburn, GERD and acid reflux. In the commercial is a person looking longingly at a double meat, double cheese, and double bread greasy hamburger – thinking if I didn’t get heartburn from that I could eat it. WELL…How about we don’t eat what is causing us this heartburn instead. Our poor bodies are literally talking to us (screaming actually) with symptoms and we ignore it. Try using common sense and not eat those foods in the first place. If you notice, most of the people in the commercial are usually overweight, which is a major part of the bigger picture.
Now that I have ranted about everything so far except for what this article was intended…its time to discuss digestion and a fantastic product called Assist and Assist-Dairy and Protein.
This product helps us to digest proteins from animal sources (fish, eggs and meat) and it will increase our digestive process which will help us to achieve and maintain optimal wellness. It is also helpful for digestion of dairy, nuts, seeds and legumes (if you have issues with digestion be sure you soak your beans and legumes before you cook them).
These enzymes are beneficial to take with food to not only “assist” with digestion, but also assimilation of the nutrients from the food that you are eating.
The ingredient HCl (also known as hydrochloric acid) is a primary player in the digestion of your foods. The products used to treat acid reflux are an excess of acid production. This is most often not the case, but rather too little production of stomach acid causing these problems. If you have low stomach acid you will have issues digesting proteins and your system will eventually become depleted of its mineral stores. When your blood is too acidic, it starts to steal minerals from wherever it can get them in your body (this is a great reason to have TERRAMIN on hand, and take daily for general colon health as well as re-mineralization of your body). Having minerals leached from your body in this manner can also lead to disorders such as osteoporosis.
Donna Gate’s on her website www.bodyecology.com the makers of the products – ASSIST and ASSIST Dairy and Protein list symptoms caused by low stomach as:
Bloating, Belching & Flatulence
Digestive Disorders (constipation, diarrhea and acid reflux)
Fungal Overgrowth & Candida
Assist is virtually the same product as Assist Dairy and Protein. Assist is a more generalized product than the formula intended for protein and dairy.
Please contact me if you will like to discuss your digestive issues in more detail. There are so many beneficial products that can be used to help assist with this common issue that plague so many of us. Drink lots of water, eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies…and for goodness sake – sit down and relax when you eat.