A very significant number of people suffer with symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux. These symptoms are often as a result of too much stomach acid. Stomach acid is essential for the proper digestion of foods and especially heavy proteins such a meat. These stomach acids literally tear these proteins (the building blocks of such foods) apart. The breaking down of these proteins is an essential part of the digestive process.
There is a wide variety of such medication available and they essentially work by either blocking the production of this stomach acid or they work to neutralise some of this excess acid.
These medications were originally designed for short-term use to help people cope with periodic episodes of indigestion. The problem is that many people suffer with chronic, long-term symptoms of indigestion and reflux and as a result, they have to use these medications on a regular basis. The continuous usage of these medications will weaken your digestive acids but will also weaken your digestive capabilities.
An unintended consequence of this is that some undigested foods may now pass down through your digestive tract and arrive in the intestines in an undigested state.
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel
The small and large intestines are home to thriving populations of bacteria and fungi. Some of these are opportunistic, potentially toxic bacteria. In good health these opportunist spores are kept in check by thriving populations of health enhancing bacteria. Problems arise when undigested foods start arriving in the intestines because they feed the toxic bacteria. This can lead to an overgrowth of such toxic gut bacteria.
We have noticed that some people who regularly take antacid medication can develop gut symptoms such as IBS (bloating, diarrhoea, constipation etc).
A better treatment Approach
Rather than treating symptoms it is always better to treat the root cause. For many people simple dietary changes may help such as:
- Eating smaller portions
- Not eating when rushing
- Avoiding highly spiced foods
- Avoid common digestive triggers such as garlic, onion.
Some people are able to detect their own trigger foods but the majority of people are not. Food intolerance is sinister in that the symptoms do not start immediately after eating. In many cases the symptoms emerge the following day or several days later. Additionally, the negative effect from such foods in cumulative. Foods consumed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday my trigger no obvious symptoms but a final small portion on Thursday my trigger a strong reaction.
The food intolerance test will help you to pinpoint which foods can be removed from the diet. For details see www.fitzwilliamfoodtest.com