Optimize and Support Digestion – A Simple Way To Boost Our Immune System
It seems that the use of over the counter and pharmaceutical drugs to treat symptoms for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), gas and bloating, irregular BM’s, IBS, etc….has become the norm. And although these things are common in our society, THEY ARE NOT NORMAL!
Our gut is the first line of defense for our body’s natural immune response and when you have an imbalanced gut and digestive system then you are at a substantially higher risk for sickness and disease.
Have you ever wondered how a coyote can eat ‘road kill’ that has been rotting on the side of the road for days and not get ill? That ‘road kill’ is loaded with bugs and bacteria that are also consumed by the coyote. The good news for the coyote is that her gut is so acidic (optimal Hydrochloric Acid – HCL) that when those bugs and bacteria enter her gut they are killed and ultimately eliminated with all the other waste when she has a normal bowel movement.
In the case of the average American, our diets have become so loaded with processed foods containing Bad Sugars, Bad Salts and Bad Fats, all of which perpetuate inflammation and imbalance in the gut, leading to a compromised digestion system and issues like ‘leaky gut’ which in turn lead to bacterial imbalances and foreign proteins getting into the blood stream which then lead to more body imbalances and greater risk of sickness and/or infections which then lead to the overuse of anti-biotics which then lead to more gut imbalance which then often leads to the chronic use of more anti-biotics and the need for more drugs to ultimately treat symptoms associated with poor digestion and the person wonders why they cannot get well or why they seem to always get sick or just not feel well.
When you take a drug for GERD, specifically a Proton Pump Inhibitor like Omeprazole, you are turning off the acid pumps in your stomach and ultimately making your digestion worse! And because you are taking this drug, not only are you setting up a scenario where your symptoms are worse when you stop the drug due to the inhibition of acid in your gut the drug has caused but, you are also setting yourself up for another problem as it has been found that these types of drugs are now causing chronic kidney disease! And so, instead of fixing the cause of the reflux, which 99.9% of the time is taking HCL, you have now added a 2nd problem to your list of ailments, poor kidney function!
The same can be said for anti-biotic use. Chronic utilization of anti-biotics in America has become a major problem and I think we are seeing that with all of the chronic sickness and disease so many people seem to be suffering with these days. When you take an anti-biotic you are messing with your gut flora (micro-biome), aka our 2nd brain, and ultimately affecting not only your digestive function/health but also your mental well-being due to what is known as the Gut-Brain connection. And so, do everything you can to avoid the anti-biotics!
So what to do?
Here are a couple of easy things to improve your digestion and boost your immune system:
As I said earlier, healthy stomach acid levels are the first line of defense in your body’s natural immune response. The body’s ability to produce adequate stomach acid, called hydrochloric acid can slowly decline with age. Lowered levels of hydrochloric acid (HCL) may stress the body’s immune health as well as the body’s overall health. Supplementing with betaine HCL at meals assists the digestive process by supporting gastric acid secretion. The point being, HCL is a frontline defense in supporting our body’s overall immune health.
My personal approach with every large meal I eat is:
1 HCL, 1 HCL Activator and 1 Digest Comprehensive Enzyme (I’ll discuss enzymes in an upcoming email…so stay tuned).
Take Prebiotics & Probiotics! And Avoid Antibiotics to Boost Your Immune Defenses…..and Mental Wellbeing!
If you’re all about your immune system, it’s important to make sure your gut is healthy. Why’s that? Because 70-80% of our immune tissue resides in our digestive tract! Therefore, it’s important to make sure you have a healthy gut and/or microbiome. The way to do that is to get plenty of prebiotics and probiotics into your diet.
Prebiotics are the food for your probiotics. Think of the prebiotics as the soil. If you have existing gut issues from poor food choices of the past and/or chronic utilization of OTC or pharmaceutical drugs, including anti-biotics, then it is highly likely that the ‘soil’ in your gut to support the probiotics just isn’t sufficient. If this is the case, then just taking a prebiotic alone may do nothing at all for you or even worse, create more issues.
Our Psyllium Fiber is a great prebiotic!
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria (microbiome) that assist in your gut health and good digestion and elimination. A heathy microbiome is also vitally important to our Mental Health and Wellbeing.
You will find probiotics in fermented foods like kefir, yogurt (make sure no added sugar or artificial sweetners), kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha.
You want to avoid antibiotics if possible. Antibiotics kill bad bacteria, but they also attack and kill helpful bacteria in the gut as well, which can ultimately hinder your digestive and immune system from functioning appropriately.
So again, really try to avoid taking antibiotics unless you really need them. If you do have to take an anti-biotic then you can try to counter the antibiotics with some probiotic foods as well.
If you focus on building your microbiome then you can keep your digestive and immune system firing on all cylinders.
And one final note on this, just because a probiotic has more CFU’s than another probiotic doesn’t mean it is better. Many of the probiotics that people are taking state they have trillions of CFU’s on the bottle; however, many of those organisms are dead by the time you take the probiotic. Not good!
So, let us know if you need guidance on a great prebiotic, probiotic and HCL support protocol and we will be happy to assist you!