Medications Matter

Written by Susan Brady

No doubt you have seen those commercials for medications when the announcer speeds through the list of side effects at the very end. 

Or opened up the package insert that comes along with an over-the-counter or prescription drug and saw a long list of possible side effects.

I don’t know about you, but to me sometimes the side effects sound worse than the condition the medication is actually treating!

Don’t get me wrong…there is a time and place for medications. Many are lifesaving. 

But as is evidenced by the commercials and inserts, the risks with medications are possible unwanted or unexpected side effects. 

Even though these side effects often list GI symptoms like nausea or upset stomach, I haven’t seen one yet that lists the long-term toll that many of these medications can have on our gut microbiome and ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

Here’s just a short list of common medications that can have a long term effect on the function of our gastrointestinal tract/gut and ultimately our health:

  • Antibiotics. Not only do they kill off the bacteria causing infections throughout our body (Good thing!), but also eradicate the trillions of symbiotic bacteria in our gut that are critical for our health.

  • Antacids. Popping an acid-blocking medication or chewing some Tums can soothe your stomach when it is in distress, but regular use of these medications can impact your ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

  • Laxatives. As I mentioned in a previous article, constipation affects many people. However, depending on laxatives can damage the digestive system by altering the function of the nerves and muscles of the colon. Laxatives can also have long-term negative effects on the composition of our gut flora (those trillions of microorganisms we house in our gut.)

  • NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) Despite their efficacy in the short-term relief of pain and inflammation, the use of these anti-inflammatory medications can have adverse effects on the GI tract. They can increase intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut) and change the composition and diversity of the gut microbiome.

…….and there are so many more that can have a serious impact on our GI function.

Isn’t it time to see if a medication that you may be taking is altering your gut function?

Even if a medication is necessary….knowing how it affects your gut gives you the power to balance out and counteract any negative side effects.

But if you don’t know, you can’t fix it!

That’s why having a GI Map stool analysis is so important! It uncovers disruption in the gut microbiome and assesses digestive function, inflammation, gut immunity, and gut permeability. 

Whether or not you take medications….if you want to thrive, not merely survive, this year….you gotta have your gut function checked!

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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.

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.

Goodbye Osteoporosis!

Guess who no longer has osteoporosis in her spine?? DEXA says now -2.4 osteopenia where was -3.2 before. HUGE improvement. No medication, just exercise and nutrition. I still have a ways to go with my hips and femoral neck, but this is really great news for me! ~D.S. 

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.

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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