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...

10 (Free) Health Hacks to Jumpstart the New Year

Ah, the new year. A fresh start. There’s almost nothing better than feeling like you can begin again (except realizing that EVERY day is the perfect day to “start over”). Many new years resolutions, mine included, involve creating healthier habits – eating better, cutting out crappy, chemical-laden food, loving yourself and your body. So here are a few simple healthy hacks that have a big pay-off for creating and sticking to healthy habits year-round. 1. Drink water. Drink a full glass first thing in the morning. Drink a full glass while you’re prepping (or about 30 minutes) before each meal. Drink water between meals. Just drink water. Your body will thank you for it. 2. Eat something green in at least one meal each day. No exceptions. 3. Eat “fresh first.” Eat the freshest, rawest part of your meal first. Salad, veggies, fruit, whatever you’ve got. 4. Stretch in the morning. Even if it’s just 30 seconds – move your body. Wake it up. Connect with your physical being. If stretching isn’t your thing, do a few core stability exercises or lunge your way to the bathroom to brush your teeth. 5. Set your intention. Every morning, take a few seconds to set yourself up for success. Think through your goals for the day, including your health goals. Better yet, put pen to paper or say your daily intentions out loud. This helps you to be mindful throughout the day of what you really want to accomplish. You and your body deserve a (top) spot on your daily to-do list. 6. Stop saying “I can’t.” No more: “I can’t...

Welcome to Gateways Chiropractic’s Natural Health Blog!

Hello! Welcome to Gateways Chiropractic’s Natural Health Blog! We are excited to use our website as a platform to explain what we do, how it can help, and provide information about a variety of natural health and holistic living topics like whole food nutrition, digestive health, acupuncture, health ailments, how the human body works, and much more. At Gateways Chiropractic, we believe that vibrant health is the natural state of the human body. We are designed to be healthy. What a simple and empowering thing that is! Dr. Patrick and I are here to help others to better understand their bodies and introduce readers to ways they can empower their health through simple, healthy choices. We are excited to help you on your path to health and wellness. Look for new posts each week and feel free to comment or ask questions. Be well, Dr....