Do You Get that Gut Feeling?

Written by Susan Brady

dreamstime_s_50463397Do you ever get that gut feeling? In this case not intuition, but the feeling of bloating, indigestion, reflux, stomach cramps, gas or have a history of constipation or diarrhea?  Not only do these symptoms make you feel miserable, but they’re also signs of poor digestion.  So, you’re asking, what does digestion have to do with bone health? EVERYTHING! The food you eat nourishes every cell in your body, including your bone cells.  If you can’t properly digest your food due to poor digestive function, you cannot absorb and utilize the nutrients needed to build strong bones.
Although there it is the belief that stomach acid is bad and leads to acid reflux and other digestive issues, the truth is that we need stomach acid to break down food so that it can be properly absorbed.  The acid produced in your stomach, hydrochloric acid (HLC) is particularly important for breaking down protein but also aids in the absorption and assimilation of many vitamins and minerals utilized by the bones. Studies show stomach acid secretion decreases with age, and, by menopause, 40 percent of women may be severely deficient in HCL.  Further evidence suggests that there is a possible increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine if you take certain acid blocking medications for heartburn, acid reflux, or ulcers.

Certain diseases that affect the gut, like celiac disease, are all associated with higher prevalence of osteoporosis. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the immune system reacts to the protein gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley) and causes inflammation and damage to the intestinal tract, leading to malabsorption of nutrients.  Dr. Vikki Petersen, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, author of the book “The Gluten Effect” suggests that even a gluten intolerance could trigger inflammation that could lead to bone loss.

Healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients is the key to a healthy body and healthy bones!

 

Ways to Enhance Your Digestion

  • If you suspect you have an intolerance to a particular food, try an elimination diet.  Remove foods you suspect may be causing digestive distress (the 4 biggies are gluten, dairy, soy, eggs) for at least 2 weeks.  Then add the foods back into your diet, one at a time, for 3 days, to see if the food provokes your digestive ailments. Eliminate any symptomatic food from your diet for 3 months and test again.  Depending on your reaction, you may need to eliminate the food for an extended amount of time.

  • If your main symptoms are bloating, fullness, flatulence and indigestion, try enhancing your digestion by taking a digestive enzyme with meals. You can also try diluting 1-3 tsp of apple cider vinegar in 4 ounce of water and drink 20 minutes prior to a meal.  Apple cider vinegar helps to improve digestion by increasing stomach acid.

  • Make sure you don’t rush eating and chew your food properly! Eating mindfully and chewing your food (each bite 30 times!) can enhance digestion by encouraging blood flow to the digestive organs.

 

Healthy bones require a healthy gut!  Contact me TODAY to find out how I can help you resolve your digestive issues so you can build strong bones for life!

Surgery Rehabilitation

While providing rehabilitation after my two hip surgeries, Susan also educated me in the importance of proper nutrition for strengthening my bones and improving my bone density. She encouraged me to eat an alkaline-based diet and to eliminate the junk food I was so fond of. Not only did I heal quickly, but also the doctors were amazed by the rapid bone growth as noted on my x-rays. I continue to include chia and pumpkin seeds in my diet, as well as other foods that are alkaline based. I honestly have Susan to thank for this complete transformation in my diet which has allowed me to go back to wearing heels which I thought I would never be able to do again. Nutrition matters. I am a perfect example of good bones from good food!” ~R.G.

Proper Exercise and Nutrition

“Susan Brady is very knowledgeable about osteoporosis. In 2016, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my lower back. Through proper exercise and nutrition, Susan was able to guide me towards a regimen that would in turn almost reverse my symptoms. Because of her method, I have been able to curb my bone loss, gain strength, and improve my overall health. I feel that I am on the road to a happier, healthier lifestyle thanks to Susan.”~ B.L.

Prescription Holiday

Initially, I went to Susan Brady because my family doctor told me to take a holiday from the prescription bone density medicine that I had been taking it for many years. I avoid dairy since I am lactose intolerant and sensitive to dairy protein. I was confident that Susan could recommend a superior quality calcium, balanced with other supplements that would help provide the nutrients I needed for bone health. In addition to recommendations for supplements, she has evaluated my diet and my exercise regimen, making suggestions as needed. With guidance from Susan I have been able to maintain bone health without additional bone density medicine for several years now. ~K.N.

Alkaline Based Diet

While providing rehabilitation after my two hip surgeries, Susan also educated me in the importance of proper nutrition for strengthening my bones and improving my bone density. She encouraged me to eat an alkaline-based diet and to eliminate the junk food I was so fond of. Not only did I heal quickly, but also the doctors were amazed by the rapid bone growth as noted on my x-rays. I continue to include chia and pumpkin seeds in my diet, as well as other foods that are alkaline based. I honestly have Susan to thank for this complete transformation in my diet which has allowed me to go back to wearing heels which I thought I would never be able to do again. Nutrition matters — I am a perfect example of good bones from good food! ~R.G.

Osteoporosis Nutrition

After being diagnosed with osteoporosis, I began sifting through all the information available on nutrition and osteoporosis, but it was confusing and time consuming. Even though I thought my diet was good, Susan gave me advice on how to make it even better! I benefited very much from Susan’s nutritional advice and guidance for safe and effective exercises. My recent bone scan showed improvements in both my hip and my spine, so I am encouraged that all the changes that I have made are working! ~ M.R.

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