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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Dealing with indigestion during the holidays

Eating clean, whole foods and getting to the root cause of your belly issues is the only way to ensure you'll fingure out what the problem is without blindly taking a band-aid approach to cover up your symptoms.

I personally spent the first 20 years of my life covering up stomach pain symptoms- not knowing why I was bloated or uncomfortable after eating. Once I started to look at the bigger picture as to what was going on inside my stomach, I realized I was lacking enough of the right enzymes to help my poor, little body break down my food.

I can still remember my doctor giving me a bottle of enzymes and feeling like a million bucks -- without bloating -- as soon as I started taking them. Now, I take enzymes with my meals every day and take them with me when I travel and eat out in restaurants because it's not worth forgetting about them and then have to deal with bloating or being uncomfortable for the rest of the day.

Whether you have heartburn, bloating or gas, you can work with your doctor to figure out what's going on inside and help support your body by breaking down those foods as soon as you bite into them.

Occasional heartburn goes hand in hand with indigestion. When we don't have enough digestive enzymes to break down our food, it begins to ferment in the digestive tract, generating all sorts of uncomfortable reactions, like gas, bloating, etc. This can happen with anything we eat, but it especially happens with those who suffer from food intolerances, or enzyme deficiencies, such as gluten, dairy, casein, etc. These individuals, myself included, don't have enough of, or the right enzymes to break down the food that they consume, and negative reactions result.

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