When the average person hears the words “digestive problems” visions of gas, heartburn and burping come to mind.
But sometimes digestive problems don’t come out as digestive symptoms! Instead they can be something totally different that you would never associate to your GI tract.
Here are 10 sneaky signs of digestive problems that you should start paying attention to:
1- Bad breath
Believe it or not, the same bacteria that causes ulcers (Helicobacter pylori) can cause bad breath.
About half of all Americans carry H. pylori. While they won’t all develop ulcers, they stand at least a 1 in 10 chance of it causing bad breath.
In addition, intestinal dysbiosis (having an imbalance of gut flora that favors harmful bacteria) can also come out as halitosis.
2- The 2pm lull after lunch
Nothing the human body does demands more energy than digestion.
So if yours isn’t going along so well, that can sap your energy and leave you needing toothpicks to keep your eyelids open after eating.
3- Body odor
Your body expels toxins through urination, bowel movements, exhaling, sneezing and sweating.
One of the biggest source of inner toxin buildup is inadequately digested food, so if your digestion is not what it should be, that can be coming out through your skin and causing some serious BO.
4- Dry skin and hair
Your skin and hair need a variety of nutrients including biotin, vitamins D, B6, C and E, zinc and omega-3 essential fatty acids.
So the presence of dry skin or hair can suggest either an unhealthy diet or inadequate absorption of nutrients—a consequence of poor digestion.
5- Acne and other skin problems
When your intestinal wall is unhealthy and too porous (leaky gut), harmful bacteria, poorly digested food molecules and other wastes can get into circulation and stir up inflammation anywhere in your body.
When your skin is affected by this inflammation, it can prompt acne and other skin problems like hives and rashes.
6- Body aches and pains (including arthritis)
These too are tied to a leaky gut wall—the inflammation caused by toxins in your bloodstream can lead to body aches and pains.
7- Food sensitivities
When your digestion is not efficient, inadequately digested food particles can bully their way into your bloodstream, aggravate your immune system, and trigger the development of food sensitivities.
Low serotonin levels have been linked to migraines.
Most people don’t realize this, but the beneficial bacteria in your gut produce 80 percent of your body's serotonin.
So if your intestinal environment is not as healthy as it should be, this could mean your body is low in serotonin which in turn could be contributing to your migraine attacks.
Just like migraines, depression can also be the result of low serotonin levels. So if your gut isn’t cranking out enough, it may be affecting your state of mind.
In addition, inadequate nutrient absorption can be a cause--many people who suffer from depression are deficient in B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and omega-3 essential fatty acids (especially DHA).
Gastrointestinal blood loss (such as from an ulcer) is one of the most common causes of iron deficiency. In addition, insufficient stomach acid can lead to poor digestion and nutrient absorption, thus reducing iron levels.
Steps to better digestion
Now that you can see that issues with your digestive system can cause problems that go WAY beyond just stomach aches or constipation, it’s increasingly important to make sure all 30 feet of your GI tract is in tip-top shape and working the way it’s supposed to!
Here are some tried and true measures to pamper your food path and support sound digestion:
Eat real food!
If you don’t know what an ingredient is on a food package, neither does your body. So your poor GI tract has to deal with the mess until it passes the chemicals, preservatives and who-knows-what-else on to your liver and kidneys to detox out of you.
Stick to wholesome real foods like meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts and dairy, plus healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil and real butter (NEVER margarine).
Help your system with Digestizol Max enzyme formula
As we age, our ability to produce digestive enzymes diminishes. Plus if you use acid reducers, you’re shutting some of yours right down, and are likely paying the price with heartburn and poor nutrient absorption. And if you’ve had your gallbladder out, heaven help you—poor digestion (especially of fats) is a given.
Let Digestizol Max’s potent blend of 15 plant-based enzymes give your body a much-needed boost and help it completely and comfortably digest whatever foods you eat!
Make your stomach’s job easier
Our modern meals of today are a mish-mash of every type of food known to man, and this is extraordinarily taxing on your system. As a matter of fact, our typical “balanced meals” are the #1 cause of acid reflux, gas and bloating!
But it can make a huge difference when you structure your meals to make them easier for your system to tackle, and that is the basis of my Great Taste No Pain program. Great Taste No Pain spells out exactly what foods you should pair together (and what combinations to avoid!) to pave the way for easy, pain-free digestion!
(By the way, this is how I completely eradicated my IBS 25 years ago, and I have remained symptom- and medication-free since then.)
Compensate for poor nutrient absorption with Super Core multi-vitamin and mineral formula
If you have not been digesting your foods properly, chances are excellent you may be deficient in one or more core nutrients. Plus most of us are inherently at a disadvantage because our food of today is not as nutritious as it once was!
But you can help ensure your body has health-supporting levels of essential nutrients with Super Core multi-vitamin and mineral formula. Super Core contains a therapeutic, effective blend of nutrients hand-selected by me (a holistic nutrition coach).
Plus Super Core goes WAY beyond other multi-vitamin products by providing the additional support of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories!
See how great you can feel from head to toe with better digestion and proper nutrition!
To your health,