The Domino Effect of Proton Pump Inhibitors

  Proton pump inhibitors reduce the acid in the stomach – this sets off a dangerous domino effect – without proper acid content in the stomach, your body won’t signal properly for protein digestion… Next issue: stomach acid is the most acidic substance in the body. Bile (the substance released by the gallbladder to emulsify fats in the small intestine) is the most basic substance in the body. When the chyme (partially digested food-stuff and stomach acid) drips from the stomach into the small intestine, there isn’t enough acidity to signal an adequate release of bile – this means you will be unable to properly and emulsify and digest the fats that you consume. So now you’re not properly digesting proteins OR fats, not getting those macronutrients to the cells so the body can heal itself and maintain optimal function… So you start craving and eating more sugar for quicker energy… AND you’ll have undigested/partially digested protein and fat particles rotting in your gut as they prepare to make their exit. Meanwhile the real cause of the problem, stress and a compromised mucosal lining of the gut goes unchecked and undernourished… Now you’re set up for pre-diabetes/insulin resistance, high cholesterol (inflammation) and blood lipids, belly fat, food cravings, mood agitation, biliary stasis/sluggish bile/gallbladder problems, gastro-intestinal distress, and no real way for your body to heal itself because you can no longer digest your food properly. So how can you break the cycle? In our office we recommend digestive enzymes and herbs to help digest food and nourish the mucosal lining (things like slippery elm bark) and removing nutritional stressors while...

You Are NOT What You Eat: Why Digestion Matters

“You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard it. And it is, generally, good healthful advice. The problem is that it’s not quite true. What you eat (ingest) is simply the beginning of the story. Let’s talk nutrition. Nutrition, by definition, is a six-phase process. The phases are: ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, assimilation, and excretion. If we assume the first phase of nutrition is the only phase, we are sorely mistaken and our health may suffer for it. 1) Ingestion – what you eat or consume. This is often mistaken as the entire field of “Nutrition” (i.e. “eat this and you will be healthy”). One of the best things about this phase is that it is controlled by your choices. You control what you eat (or what your children eat) so you have the power to decide what the building blocks for the rest of the nutritional process will be. 2) Digestion – the mechanical and chemical breakdown of what you eat. This is where the magic happens. Digestion begins in the mouth (with your teeth and enzyme-containing saliva) and continues in the stomach and small intestine. Some important supportive roles are played by the liver & gallbladder (bile production and release) as well as the pancreas (your enzyme powerhouse). We’ll talk more about digestion in another post – stay tuned! 3) Absorption – broken-down food molecules pass through the gut wall and into the bloodstream. For our purposes, let’s simplify the anatomy and envision the gastro-intestinal tract as as one long tube – from mouth to anus. This tube has a protective barrier (the gut wall) separating the GI tract and food particles from the “inside” of the...