Low Stomach Acid

Crohn’s Disease

Digestive health issues are a huge epidemic in our society and one of the of most alarming digestive diseases is Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is growing at a fast rate and unfortunately, modern medicine does not and will not have the answer or cure. Why are many people suffering from Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is classified as an Irritable Bowel Disease and it is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s disease is also classified as an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself. It mainly occurs in the last part of the small intestine, called the ileum and the beginning of the large colon. However, Crohn’s disease can occur anywhere along the entire gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus and it can affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall. 

Some of the most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include the following: persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, an urgent need to move bowels, abdominal cramps and pain, a sensation of incomplete evacuation and constipation. Other symptoms can include fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats and a loss of normal menstrual cycles. 

The main cause of Crohn’s disease is a poor diet made possible from our modern society with the large processed food companies, fast food restaurants, agricultural chemical products in the form of pesticides and the ever increasing genetical modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply. All of these modern applications to our food supply wreck havoc on our entire digestive and immune systems by greatly weakening the body’s ability to generate proper levels of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), the body’s ability to absorb nutrients within the small intestine and the body’s ability to keep the proper balance of bacteria, mainly in the large intestine, but throughout the entire body. When these functions of the body are weakened or destroyed, disease sets in and one of these diseases is Crohn’s disease. Simply put, Crohn’s disease is the inability of the digestive system to digest, absorb and assimilate the nutrients necessary for a healthy body and mind. This sets the stage for the body to start attacking itself because the body sees the undigested food in the blood steam as a foreign invader. Couple the undigested food with the chemicals from food and body care products and the stage for general war against the body is set. 

The best way to mitigate or cure Crohn’s disease is a complete lifestyle change, beginning with healthy food. The most healing diet includes the following foods: grass fed beef, pastured chicken, wild fish, pastured eggs, oysters, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, cod liver oil, bone broth from pastured animals, raw pastured butter, raw cow or goat milk, raw cow or goat yogurt and kefir, homemade vegetable juice, steamed vegetables, raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey and perhaps, some fruit here and there. All of these foods need to be hormone free and organic. Each person with Crohn’s disease will be at a different stage in their dealing with this disease and the above listed foods will vary from person to person. Some folks will be able to eat some fruit and cooked vegetables and some will not. Some folks will be able to digest raw milk and some will not. Some folks will have to eat a completely raw primal diet to ensure the best path to healing. Grains, beans, pasteurized dairy, nuts, seeds, added sweeteners, starches and raw vegetables need to be avoided to ensure the best healing of the digestive system. Avoid all processed foods, fast foods, GMO foods and pesticide laden foods. 

Certain supplements will be helpful and these supplements will vary from person to person. These supplements include the following: HCL with pepsin capsules, digestive bitters, digestive enzymes, probiotics, raw cod liver oil, whole foods based vitamin C, whole foods based zinc, other whole foods based vitamins and minerals, adaptogenic herbs, terramin clay and other supplements. 

Besides a radical change in diet, other lifestyle changes include the following: using very little body care products and these body care products need to be organic, getting outside as much as possible and soaking up the sunlight, following circadian rhythm, doing some Earthing (putting your bare feet on the Earth), engaging in moving your body, deep breathing, emotional expression and healing, reducing stress levels, spending time with loved ones, and standing up for yourself. Of course, there are other healthy lifestyle changes to incorporate into your life and it will vary from person to person.

Crohn’s disease is a challenging and sometimes, a major life altering disease. If we are going to see any reduction in Crohn’s disease with the hopes of curing it, we start with what we eat and we eat foods that have healing energy and properties; and from there, we start to radical change the way we live on every level of life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

Digestive Bitters

One of the most important health protocols you can do for yourself is to consume digestive bitters on a regular basis.  You may be wondering, what the heck are digestive bitters? Digestive bitters are herbs that are consumed as a tea or as a liquid tincture before eating a meal. These herbs are very bitter. Their bitterness when tasted, stimulates the body to get ready for the coming meal. When a bitter substance is recognized by bitter receptors on the tongue, a chain of neural and endocrine events begins, labeled as the “bitter reflex.” Mediated by the release of the gastric hormone gastrin, this reflex results in an overall stimulation of digestive function, which over time strengthens the structure and function of all digestive organs (liver, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, etc.). These digestive bitters stimulate the gastric juices or as I like to say, the gastric fire, to be prepared to break down the impending meal. The main gastric juice involved in this process is hydrochloric acid which is released by the parietal cells in the stomach, which is regulated by gastrin, a hormone, which is secreted by the G cells.

The job of the stomach is to break down the food that is consumed, mainly the protein, into a chyme ball or acidic soup so that the protein and to a certain extent, the fat and carbohydrates, will be able to be absorbed, assimilated and utilized by the small intestine and large intestine through a complex and elaborate system that involves the pancreas, liver and gallbladder and many enzymes and trillions of bacteria.

If stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is not strong enough then all the other mechanisms and duties performed by the pancreas, liver, small intestine, etc., will be diminished and many problems, minor and major, can arise, with the main problem being malnourishment.

Millions of people suffer from low stomach acid and the results are: indigestion, constipation, heart burn, gas, burping, acid reflux and a host of other problems. Besides a big change if diet, digestive bitters will be a huge help. The best way to take digestive bitters is in the tincture form. Take 40-60 drops of the tincture in a little glass of water or hold a little bit of water in your mouth and squirt the drops into your mouth and swallow. Do this 10-15 minutes before the meal and do this before every meal.

The following is a list of some of the various digestive bitters: Angelica, Dandelion, Goldenseal, Horehound, Wormwood, Peppermint, Orange Peel, Yellow Dock, Fennel, Ginger, Cardamom and Gentian.

Digestive bitters were a big part of many cultures and are still a big part in cultures around the world. It’s time to bring this health remedy back to our culture.

My favorite digestive bitters are from the following herbal companies: Gaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, and Urban Moonshine.

Nutrition for Athletes

The right nutrition for athletes and for anyone who exercises is very important. Food needs to provide fuel and energy. It also needs to help the body to recover and rebuild and to lubricate, nourish and protect. Many athletes do not put enough emphasis on healthy food. Healthy nutrition for athletes should be a top priority.

The right foods are also very important when healing from injuries and most everyone will experience an injury from time to time.

Watch the video below for an in-depth look and wonderful information about nutrition for athletes and healing from injuries.

Digestive Health!

Digestive Health is the key to a healthy body and mind. If your digestive health is awesome, you will be living free of illness and disease.  Let’s take a quick look at the digestive system.

The digestive system consists of your mouth, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine and anus. Digestive health begins with chewing your food properly. Saliva mixes with the food and begins the digestive process. The next step in digestive health is the most important: the stomach and stomach acid. Once food enters the stomach, hydrochloric acid is secreted to break down the food, mainly protein, into a soup or a chyme ball. Stomach acid, when breaking down food, should be between a .8 and 1.0. Stomach acid is extremely acidic and it has to be in order to break down the food so the small intestine and the enzymes from the pancreas and the bile from the liver and gall bladder can further break down the chyme ball so that the body and the cells can absorb the nutrients from the food.

If the stomach acid is not strong enough, the chyme ball will not be broken down enough and all the actions of the small intestine, pancreas, large intestine, etc, will be out of balance.

If the stomach acid is strong enough, the pancreas will secrete the right amount of bicarbonate to alkalize the acidic chyme ball and enzymes to break down the chyme ball and the gallbladder will secrete the correct amount of bile to further break down fat.

Most of the absorption takes place in the small intestine where the nutrients will slip through into the blood stream and the fiber and other parts of the food will continue on to the large intestine.

The large intestine is where the bulk of the bacteria resides and for good reason. The bacteria in the large intestine are part of the immune system, help to create certain nutrients, absorb some of the nutrients from the food and create a stool to be secreted out of the anus. The key to a healthy large intestine and  healthy stools is the correct balance of bacteria. The bulk of your stool is dead bacteria, not fiber.

Another problem that can happen in the digestive system is bacteria overgrowth in the small intestine and bacteria in the stomach. If this happens, major digestive problems will occur such as Chron’s disease, bacteria infections, fatigue, etc. The small intestine contains some bacteria and the stomach contains none. The main reason for overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and bacteria entering the stomach is low stomach acid.

Another interesting aspect of digestive health is the balance between alkaline and acidic parts of the digestive system. The mouth is alkaline, the stomach is acidic, the small intestine is alkaline and the large intestine is acidic.

This is just a small, but very informative, amount of information about digestive health. If you are having any type of digestive problems, please book a package of consultations with Gillette Nutrition so you can learn the skills to heal and to achieve awesome and amazing health.

Low Stomach Acid

Do you suffer from gas (flatulence), bloating, heart burn, acid reflux, or that rock in the stomach feeling? Your stomach is not producing enough acid.One of the most under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed health conditions is low stomach acid, medically referred to as hypochlorhydria.  Low stomach acid can cause a host of health problems such as: malnutrition, bacteria infections, auto-immune disease, skin rashes, arthritis, mild depression and anxiety and overall digestive problems. Low stomach acid is caused, mainly, from unhealthy eating and stress. The over prescribed medical protocol of using antacids is not the answer. In fact, antacids make the matter worse. More information in the video.