Archive for the ‘Digestive’ Category

Why Do We Get Indigestion?

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

There are three progressions leading to the pain of indigestion:

  • Antecedents – An antecedent is something that comes before something else. It could be something like stress, an enzyme deficiency or an imbalance in probiotics. FloraVita™ and Adaptuit™ might be helpful in addressing many antecedents of indigestion.
  • Triggers – Anything from food allergies to infections, toxins, bad food combinations and overeating can be a trigger. Your trigger is whatever triggers indigestion in you today – right now, and they can change over time.
  • Inflammatory mediators – These are the chemicals secreted by your cells to help correct the imbalance created by antecedents and triggers. Inflammation is your body’s way of coping with injury, toxicity, certain deficiencies (a fiber deficiency, for example, may cause indigestion), and stress. Indigestion causes pain and discomfort which can motivate us to do something that restores balance.

Some tips for reducing indigestion include:

  • Eat in a happy environment, preferably surrounded by people you love and happy conversation.
  • Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly until it is liquid.
  • Select high-fiber, low-sugar foods.
  • Don’t combine sweet foods with concentrated proteins.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  • Don’t overeat.

If stress is an antecedent of indigestion for you, consider taking one ounce of Adaptuit at the beginning of each meal. If you believe low enzymes or imbalanced probiotics are a source of indigestion for you, consider taking two FloraVita at the beginning of each meal.

Food allergies are real and valid causes of indigestion. Consider being tested for food allergies if you experience frequent heartburn and indigestion. Infections such as Helicobacter pylori can also cause indigestion and require medical treatment; there is often a zinc deficiency near the root of many digestive infections.  Zinc is an essential mineral found in a daily multi-nutrient complex like TriVita’s  Wellavoh™ and VitaDaily™ AM/PM.

Many people find relief from indigestion by following these simple suggestions and taking Nopalea™ once or twice daily.  Nopalea reduces inflammation that may be causing the “fire in the belly” called indigestion that affects millions of people!

Note:   Always see your physician when you have chronic indigestion as this may be a sign of a serious condition.

 

Pregnancy Makes Huge Demands On Vitamin B12

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Vitamin B12 can be stored in the body because it is water soluble. Every expectant mother would do well to provide her liver with good reserves of this essential nutrient, since pregnancy makes unusual demands on those stores. A woman has two strikes against her in regard to B12 reserves if she has been on the Pill.  A research team from Ohio State University College of Medicine found that healthy women who were taking contraceptives experienced a rapid fall in serum B12 values by an average of 40 percent lower than the control group who had not taken contraceptives. The stress of pregnancy on the top of this reduction caused by the Pill can put both mother and the baby in risk as far as B12 reserves are concerned, unless the mother takes more of this vitamin than many prenatal vitamin supplements provide.

Next time we will discuss the special need of vitamin B12 for vegetarians.

B12 Is A Growth Factor And ADD/ADHD Factor

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

A review in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports the conclusion that B12 exerts a “growth-promoting” effect when given as a dietary supplement to children suffering from growth failure. With the increase in growth came other signs of improved health. Classroom teachers became aware that some of their pupils were improving in behavior, attitude, and school work. At the same time, they displayed less tension and fatigue, greater interest and concentration , and demonstrated better all-around progress.  Parents, also, concurred in these findings. After administering vitamin B12, the children showed a change in growth rate and had more physical energy . They were more alert, better behaved, and their appetites improved notably .

Next time, we’ll discuss pregnancy’s affect on B12 demand.

Psychiatric Abnormalities Of A B12 Deficiency

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Pernicious anemia is a serious condition, but it may not be the most momentous problem created by a B12 deficiency. Odel Abramsky, M.D. wrote in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society” that from his case studies he concluded the results from a B12 deficiency can be devastating – and irreversible. Dr. Abramsky concluded his article by stating that “mental or psychiatric manifestations such as mental apathy, fluctuations in mood, memory disturbance, paranoia, or frank psychosis may more often precede the blood changes (of anemia) by a number of years”.

The New York Herald Tribune newspaper quoted the highly respected hematologist, Victor Herbert, M.D. of New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. He attributed the blame for many patients being committed to mental hospitals to brain damage that resulted from a lack of B12.  The British Medical Journal editorial staff dramatically stated, “It is true that vitamin B12 deficiency may cause severe psychotic symptoms which may vary in severity from mild disorders of mood, mental slowness, and memory defect to severe psychotic symptoms – Occasionally, these mental disturbances may be the first manifestations of B12 deficiency”. Do you possibly have friends and acquaintances who have been similarly misdiagnosed on account of a lack of understanding of the devastation a B12 deficiency can create?

Adverse changes can occur in the nervous system due to a B12 deficiency.  Changes can include such problems as soreness and weakness of the limbs, diminished reflexes and sensory perception, poor body temperature regulation, walking difficulties, stammering and tremors, depression, paranoia, listlessness, an acute state of confusion, hallucinations, delusions, insomnia, anxiety, psychosis, lack of mental alertness, mania, panic attacks, personality change and suicide.

A B12 deficiency is something even a doctor might not think of looking for, or not find even if he did look. He could easily check the patient’s blood, find the blood levels of B12 relatively normal and presume there is no sign of anemia, and misdiagnose the problem. An early diagnosis of a B12 deficiency might not occur because the relationship of vitamin blood levels to the symptoms the patient is experiencing is not grasped . This is a serious matter, because the end result of untreated cerebral or spinal lesions created by B12 deficiency may be severe dementia and paraplegia. These may be irreversible when treatment is delayed by failure in diagnosis.

Next time, we will discuss vitamin B12 as a growth and ADHD factor and patient’s response to sublingual B12.

B12 Deficiency Can Be Subtle, And Devastating

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

My last post discussed how intrinsic factor affects B12 absorption. This was an important discussion because many people believe they are getting enough vitamin B12 from their diet if they have not been diagnosed with pernicious anemia. The truth is that unless they have developed anemia, most people haven’t even thought about B12.

You need to know that problems associated with a B12 deficiency may occur long before a diagnosable case of pernicious anemia occurs. Pernicious anemia does not just affect the blood. The gastrointestinal tract and the peripheral and central nervous systems are affected as well. The first indications of anemia are a sore tongue and numbness and/or tingling or burning sensation in the hands or feet. Sufferers tend to be pale and white-lipped. A variety of abdominal difficulties include: gas, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, pain, and poor appetite.

Other signs include ringing in the ears, spots before the eyes, chronic fatigue, drowsiness, and irritability.  Vital organs become starved for oxygen because not enough red blood cells are being formed. The liver and spleen often become enlarged, and neurological damage increases as the disease progresses.  Severe anemia may lead to heart failure.

Next time, we will discuss psychiatric abnormalities associated with B12 deficiency.