Love your Belly
As you age, digestive issues such as heartburn, gas, constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis begin popping up more and more.For good reason.First of all, as you age the muscles in your digestive tract become stiffer, weaker and less efficient at "moving things along."Plus the tissues along your intestinal tract are more susceptible to damage because new cells aren't forming as quickly as they once did.But far and away, the most significant factor is that as you age, your body's ability to produce digestive enzymes decreases. Fewer enzymes for the job leads to messed-up digestion.Which means you get an aching gut.
The muscles in your stomach don't open like they should to let your partially digested food (called "chyme") pass into the upper part of your small intestine (your duodenum).
The duodenum is where the MOST digestive action takes place--NOT in your stomach as so many people believe.
So if your food (chyme) isn't passing into your digestive like it should, what gets screwed up?
And that can mean all kinds of "nasties" like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and poor nutrient absorption (which can then lead to weight loss and malnutrition).If your food ISN'T going into the duodenum like it's supposed to, that means it's overstaying its welcome in your stomach.When this happens the food can actually harden and cause a blockage that can be life-threatening.And lastly, food that sits (and rots) in the stomach too long can lead to harmful bacteria overgrowth in your stomach, which can make you extremely ill.
According to Francisco J. Marrero, MD, a gastroenterologist with the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, in addition to its usual wrath, diabetes can also cause movement problems in your intestinal tract.
In addition, Dr. Marrero says that artery blockages (atherosclerosis) can affect blood flow to the bowels.
What happens is blood flow to your intestines decreases in a similar way that blood flow decreases to your heart when you're having a heart attack or your brain when you're having a stroke!This can cause serious tissue damage and make your bowels even MORE sluggish.
"Biggies" that can wreck your digestion--arthritis and hypertension.Many people take a variety of medications to manage chronic conditions like arthritis and high blood pressure, and the drugs used to treat both of those conditions can have disastrous digestive tract side effects.
Plus, the side effects of many of the popular high blood pressure drugs include constipation, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, nausea, stomach pain and/or vomiting.
People think this piece of writing does not affect them because they are young and this piece is only for older people.
Children as young as toddlers are on acid reducers.-
Arthritis is one of the major causes of disability in people as young as 18!-
Currently about 25 million people in the US have diabetes, and health experts estimate that by the year 2050, as many as 1 in 3 people could have it.-
Digestive complaints are consistently among the top 5 reasons that people see a doctor at ALL ages.-
People as young as their 20's are being prescribed high blood pressure drugs. At no other time in history have these things happened. These are new occurrences.
And the primary cause of all of this is:
Diets of processed foods, fast food, soda and refined carbs is seriously lacking essential nutrients, uses up LOTS of your precious enzymes and creates a tremendous amount of acid wastes.
Our bodies are not being given the vital nutrients they need to survive and thrive AND the onslaught of acid wastes from our foods puts our bodies into a state of constant inflammation.In other words, we're causing our bodies to age prematurely, day in and day out.So it becomes not a question of if, but when, will you develop a chronic condition.And that might be a lot sooner than you think.
What you can do
No matter WHAT your age, you can help slow (and even stop!) the effects of physical degeneration and chronic conditions in your body.It can be slowed or stopped by just following these 2 steps:
1- Eat in a way that nourishes your body, encourages efficient digestion and minimizes acid wastes
2- Help compensate for any damage that may have been caused already to your enzyme making capability
by acid reducers and hard to digest meals
Unfortunately, the effects of aging are hitting us and younger and younger ages because we are asking for it with our diets.But the good news is, this cycle can be turned around.When you embrace the power of the right diet and supplement with enzymes as needed, you are taking two of the most significant measures to slow your biological clock at ANY age, prevent or alleviate chronic conditions and feel great from head to toe!
How to Protect Your Digestive Health as You Age
Just like any other health problem, prevention is the best medicine when it comes to keeping your digestion running smoothly. These tips can help you protect your digestive health and your overall well-being.