8 Causes (and solutions!) for your digestive misery


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8 Causes (and solutions!) for your digestive misery


I recently read an article which reported that nearly 8 out of 10 of Americans suffer from digestive misery at least occasionally, and about 25 percent of us suffer from some form of GI distress on a regular basis! 

So, in other words, you’re basically a weirdo if you don’t have gut problems! 

Am I the only one who’s wondering what’s going on?! 

Why in the name of heaven are most of us gassy and bloated, belching and burping, and the leaders of the free world in heartburn, constipation and diarrhea? 

Well, there are several reasons. 

And the great news is, once you know the underlying causes of YOUR digestive woes, you can take the bull by the horns and help turn things around. 

So you’ll start feeling a whole lot better…FAST! 

Here are 8 of the most common causes of screwed up digestion and some very effective solutions for each! 

8 Common Causes of Your Digestive Misery 

1) Medications 

Digestive problems are a side effect of many commonly used drugs. 

For example, antibiotics destroy your gut microbiome and cause gas and bloating, antidepressants trigger nausea and other digestive problems, blood pressure drugs can lead to constipation and anti-inflammatories cause ulcers and GI bleeding. 

Even digestive drugs cause digestive problems!  Common side effects of acid reducers like Nexium are bloating, constipation and indigestion. 

How’s that for a kicker? 

If you are on any medications that are causing you to suffer from digestive problems, it’s time to talk to your doctor about alternatives, lowering doses, or possibly even getting off them altogether.  

For example, a full-spectrum probiotic formula like Super Shield can help support strong immune function so you can help reduce your risk of needing antibiotics to begin with. 

Fish oil formulas like our pure, pharmaceutical-grade VitalMega-3 can help ease inflammation, lower blood pressure and even support brain and mental health. 

And for occasional heartburn, our herbal formula Gastro BeCalm Blend can help put out the fire in your chest and leave you feeling much better in no time. 

Safely and naturally! 

2) Stress 

Digestion is a parasympathetic process, meaning your body must be in a relaxed, non-stressed state for it to be carried out properly. Eating when you’re relaxed also encourages you to eat slower, which means that your body will recognize satiety before you overeat.   

But if you instead eat when your sympathetic nervous system is in gear (such as when you're working, driving, emotionally upset, rushing, etc.) that can have a huge negative impact on your digestion. 

Be sure that your meal times are as relaxing and stress-free as possible and strive to keep your overall stress level low.  Get help if you need it, and keep in mind that regular exercise (with your doctor’s OK) is the #1 stress reliever (plus it also encourages better digestion too!).   

3) Glutamine deficiency 

Glutamine is an amino acid that is known for maintaining the health of your intestinal tract, supporting a healthy pH in your body, and helping your body produce glutathione, a key antioxidant. 

Glutamine is found in foods like cabbage, beets, beef, chicken, fish, beans and dairy products.   

4) Vitamin B6 deficiency 

Vitamin B6 is crucial for your body to properly break down sugars and starches…and poor digestion of these can lead to gas, bloating and harmful bacteria overgrowth.   

Food sources of B6 include spinach, bell peppers, garlic, tuna, cauliflower, bananas, broccoli, celery, asparagus, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and leafy greens.   

5) Omega-3 EFA deficiency 

Chronic bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are characterized by marked inflammation. 

But many sufferers have gotten relief by helping to reduce inflammation with Nature’s anti-inflammatory--Omega-3 essential fatty acids.   

This is yet another way that an outstanding fish oil formula like VitalMega-3 can benefit your digestive tract! 

6) Imbalanced gut microbiome 

The friendly bacteria in your gut microbiome help to break down starches and fiber—and without their help, you are far more prone to gas, bloating and constipation! 

Unfortunately, many people’s gut bacteria populations have taken a harmful hit from things like lacking sleep, medications, stress, and diets high in refined carbs and soda…and are they ever paying the price! 

If you suspect that your microbiome balance is in serious need of an overhaul, you can help attain a healthier balance with our brand-new Super Shield Plus potent probiotic formula.   

Super Shield Plus provides a whopping 20 billion CFUs and 15 strains of well-studied probiotic bacteria that can help repopulate your supply of crucial intestinal microbes, and help you achieve a more optimal bacterial balance. 

7) Enzyme deficiency 

Because of our typical modern hard-to-digest diets (with their high concentrations of fast food, processed food and complex meals) many people have diminished their body's ability to produce adequate enzymes for digestion.   

Plus, our enzyme making ability decreases as we age, and people who have had gastric or gallbladder surgery are behind the 8-ball as well. 

If you feel you may be lacking in enzymes, a complete enzyme supplement like Digestizol Max can pinch-hit where your body might need help. 

Digestizol Max’s blend of 15 plant-based enzymes can help your body tackle whatever you eat, plus its calming herbal formula can help soothe a stressed GI tract.   

8) A poor diet 

Nothing can ruin your digestion (and negate the effects of supplements you take too!) faster and easier than a poor diet. 

If you ever want hopes of being free of GI problems, you MUST eat real foods that are natural sources of nutrients and fiber. 

What foods you pair together in your meals also makes a huge difference! 

By combining complementary foods in your meals, you make your GI tract’s job MUCH easier, and can set the stage for comfortable, complete digestion. 

This is the basis of my Great Taste No Pain program.  

Great Taste No Pain shows you how to structure delicious meals featuring yummy, good-for-you foods that are a snap for your system to break down.   

Now don’t worry!  You’ll still be able to eat foods you love.  You just need to be sure to pair them with the right other foods to keep your digestion humming along.   

I dare say that you may see a difference in as soon as your very first meal!  I sure did, and this is exactly what ended my IBS for good 28 years ago. 

When you look at what might be causing your digestive misery and turn it around, you can start to feel better—fast! 

Do it now! 

To your health, 

Sherry Brescia 

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  • Where can one get Super Shield in Pretoria South Africa

    Thomas Jamie on

  • Hi Sherry
    I have had partial colectomy about 13 years ago because of severe diverticulitis and then I started on your probiotics combined with modified dietary habits that did help for a few years but since last 6-7 years I am suffering from severe pain in and around stomach area. Have had endoscopies and colonoscopies twice but the pain just keeps coming back unless I start on Omeprazole. I am a 75 years old vegetarian of Indian origin and quite disciplined about my food habit. Your probiotics with continued use of 13 years have lost any effect on my gut problems. I do suffer from severe constipation even with regular use of psyllium
    fiber. I really need help. Thank you
    Thank yo

    Hansa Adodra on

  • Hi Sherry,
    Thank you so much for the helpful articles. My wife suffered an acute onset of diverticulitis this past March and then underwent a partial colectomy and took about 8-12"s. Is she able to eat fresh vegetables and fruits and what would be a safe and healthy diet plan? Thank you for any help you can give!!

    Aaron Baum on

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