Fix digestive problems, lose weight and be healthy.
Are digestive problems stopping you from losing weight? Find out how to assess and solve your problems, here.
What are your symptoms?
Symptoms might include burping, acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, excessive gas or abdominal pain. Or you might have recurring diarrhea or constipation, or both.
What's your solution?
Are your using antacids or other medications to deal with these types of symptoms?
If you want a permanent solution, then you need to address the problem rather than just masking the symptoms.
Your doctor or alternative health practitioner can give you a complete and thorough test to find the source of the problem.
Your individual situation is unique and your problem could be caused by one or more things.
But before you do that, try the following self-test.
Self Test for Digestive Problems
For the next five days:
• Drink at least 2 – 3L of water per day.
• Eat only until comfortable, not full.
• Eat slowly and chew each mouthful properly.
• Eat in a relaxed state, not rushed, and sitting down comfortably.
• Avoid drinking anything with your meal.
• Avoid all processed foods like breads, pasta, pizza and junk food. Eat only fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, lean meats, fish, rice and nuts.
Have your symptoms declined or vanished into thin air?
I am suggesting this approach first because quite often, symptoms are caused by eating too much (until full), being dehydrated or having a diet rich in processed foods , fatty foods and/or grains, eating too fast, lack of fibre, lack of vitamins and minerals, drinking with your meal, or being anxious or rushed while eating.
Still have problems?
If your symptoms are still there, you’ll need the support of a professional. Who should you see?
Digestion is too complex an issue to cover properly on this page and professional help is really essential.
Bloating, burping, reflux and indigestion could indicate issues with stomach acid (too low or high), not enough digestive enzymes, or possibly a bacterial problem in your stomach.
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, cramping or constipation could indicate dehydration, food allergy or intolerance, or an imbalance in gut flora.
Parasites, viruses, bacteria and fungal problems may also be relevant.
Have you been overseas recently, do you drink untreated tank water, or do you live in a tropical area?
Consult with your doctor, or a specialist in Nutrition Medicine, for more help in these areas.