Category Archives for "Digestive Problems"

The Hidden Costs of Poor Protein Digestion

Protein DigestionWhile getting enough protein in your diet is very important for optimal health, not properly digesting the protein foods you eat can actually harm your body in many ways.

Here’s how undigested protein in your gastrointestinal tract can lead to much more serious health issues than just bad gas, why low stomach acid is often the key to fixing your digestive problems, and how to improve protein digestion naturally using simple remedies.

It’s a widespread, yet rarely treated problem and it’s vital to understand the potential dangers of poor protein digestion, so let’s get started.

The Importance of Protein

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How Soda Impairs Digestion & Breeds Bad Bacteria

Soda Impairs Digestion & Breeds Bad BacteriaHow exactly did so many of us come to be pouring a bizarre mixture of highly acidic phosphoric acid, addictive caffeine and disease promoting high fructose corn syrup down our throats each day?

Aside from the many well-known health risks associated with drinking soda, just what kind of effect is this acidic beverage actually having on your digestive system?

Could the way it interferes with proper digestion be a hidden cause of many common gastrointestinal disorders?

While caffeine itself is a stomach and intestinal irritant that can cause premature gastric emptying, this page will cover the more damaging effects of soda’s two other main ingredients — phosphoric acid and high fructose corn syrup.

Drinking Acidity

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Healthy Soda Alternatives You Can Make at Home

Coke alternativesJust quitting cola cold turkey is a lot harder than finding a healthier drink to replace soda with.

To make withdrawal easier an effective soda substitute should be similar enough to cola in taste, while cutting out the unhealthy and addictive ingredients like sugar and caffeine.

It sounds like a tall order but it is possible. This page explains how to make healthy alternatives to soda or diet soda that taste similar to manufactured carbonated drinks, but can actually be beneficial for your body.

Finding a Replacement for Soda

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Is Soda Acidic? — How Cola Impacts Digestion

Cola PhHow exactly did so many of us come to be pouring highly acidic cola down our throats over and over again each day? And what kind of effect is this acid drink having on our digestive system and long term health?

The Acid Levels in Soda

Short of drinking undiluted vinegar, cola is about the most acidic thing you can buy to drink.

The pH level of soda is approximately 2.5 (testing seems to come up with results ranging from 2.3 to 3.5 but a pH of 2.5 is commonly cited for the most popular brand name cola).

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How to Give Up Coffee in 10 Simple Steps

Caffeine replacement planWhen I decided to give up coffee recently, I believe I was able to stop drinking it quite easily because I had the three things from my previous post on how to replace coffee with healthier alternatives in place.

Firstly, I knew I’d been addicted to coffee for many years and admitted that to myself.

To my mind any addiction is a problem because you don’t have control of it – it has control of you. Once you understand how caffeine addiction works you can start to do something positive about it.

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My Top 2 Caffeine Withdrawal Remedies

Remedy for caffeine addictionProbably the hardest parts of giving up coffee is coming off caffeine. Symptoms often include irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and the well known caffeine withdrawal headaches.

The good news is there are a few natural remedies you can easily use to greatly minimize caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

Giving Up Coffee Basics

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How to Replace Coffee with Healthier Alternatives

How to Replace CoffeeLegal or not, coffee is an addictive drug that affects both your body and brain chemistry. Anyone who drinks coffee regularly and cannot go more than a couple of days without ‘really feeling like’ (needing) a cup is very likely addicted to it.

I was. I drank a cup or two a day most days of the week for many years. In researching all different effects drinking coffee can have on your health, I simply came up with too many reasons to find an alternative to coffee to continue drinking it.

There were two things that particularly surprised me with coffee replacement.

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Coffee and Digestion: 8 Digestive Problems with Coffee

How coffee causes gasAfter doing the research for this post, I gave up coffee. I’m done with it.

I took the last I had to work as an offering to the caffeine addicts there and replaced it with a caffeine-free, coffee tasting substitute I’ll share ahead. It was actually easier than I’d expected.

Giving up their daily caffeine fix is a scary thought for some people. Many of us are far more addicted to this legal drug than we’d like to admit to ourselves.

What I hope to offer with this post is some motivation and momentum to give up coffee. I’ll do this by covering the damaging effects it can have on your gastrointestinal tract and the way these effects lead to various health issues and digestion problems, including stomach pain, bloating, intestinal cramps and excessive gas.

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How to Stop Swallowing Air

Stop-Swallowing-AirThere are many potential causes of excessive hiccups, regular belching and mild aerophagia (swallowing air) so it’s important to identify the primary culprit or culprits for you personally.

Start by eliminating the simpler known causes for a few days and notice whether the symptoms lessen.

It’s worth keeping a note of the following suggestions for how to stop swallowing air and mouth breathing.

By tracking the results you get from avoiding a potential cause for several days, and especially reintroducing it, you can pin down why you are swallowing air excessively and reduce or eliminate it.

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Aerophagia — Why Swallowed Air Causes Digestion Problems

Mouth breathingThe simple definition of aerophagia is when you swallow too much air into your gastrointestinal tract.

Most people swallow a little air when speaking, eating or drinking. But in cases of aerophagia, the amount of swallowed air is so large it can cause abdominal bloating, intestinal pain and excessive burping and belching.

The majority of swallowed air is usually burped back out, but with excessive mouth breathing the air may regularly pass from the stomach into the small intestine. When you’re lying down this amount is likely to increase.

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The Benefits of Eating Slowly for Better Health

Slow-foodWhen we eat slowly and chew our food properly it can help us to smell better in some surprisingly varied ways. Proper digestion affects not just issues with flatulence but also problems with bad breath and poor body odor in general.

The smaller and better we can chew up our meal, the easier we make proper digestion for our stomach. Which in turn, makes it easier for our small intestine to absorb more of our food and its nutrients. Which leaves less of it undigested for the bacteria in our large intestine to feed on.

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