Chew Well & Eat Slowly Most assume that the stomach is solely responsible for breaking down food and digesting it. But in fact, the stomach can do its job only if the food has been well chewed first.
Remember that vegetables, especially in their raw form, are very difficult to digest if they are not mechanically broken down first. This is because plant cells are coated with an
indigestible layer called a cellulose cell wall. If this protective sheath is not broken, especially with raw vegetables, the rich nutrients inside will merely pass through the GI tract unabsorbed. And that nullifies the effects of eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, because they will do little to improve your health.
To get the maximum nutritional value from your foods, even meats, you should chew them until they are finely dissolved — that is, until they are almost a liquid mush. This greatly assists digestion in the rest of the GI tract and helps prevent acid reflux. It also aids in reducing the volume in the stomach, which is vital to stopping acid reflux.
There is a reaction — known as the gastroesophageal reflex — that is triggered when the
stomach is overdistended. When it occurs, it causes a special ring of muscle located at the lower end of the esophagus to relax. This allows acid to erupt back into the lower esophagus. Normally, when the food enters the stomach from the esophagus, this
valve is closed.
Unlike the stomach, the esophagus lacks a layer of protective mucus and therefore the refluxed acid can burn the tissue. If this occurs often enough, heartburn, belching and a sensation of fullness can result — a condition doctors call dyspepsia.
Occasionally, a sufferer will feel few symptoms but by the time they do, considerable damage is often already done.
Over time, this constant injury to the lower esophagus can result in the development of a
cancer, which has a very high mortality. Smoking and drinking alcohol to excess can dramatically increase this risk. as we chew our food, it is mixing in with our saliva. While saliva does contain a digestive enzyme called amylase, it actually plays only a minor role in digestion. Saliva’s main function is to moisten the food so that it can slide down the esophagus more easily.
One solution is to eat several small meals a day, rather than three large meals a day.
Have you been checked for H. pylori?
One more problem is inflammation in the lower part of the stomach (pyloric gastritis), which slows the emptying of its contents, causing acid to back up into the esophagus. Curcumin and hesperidin bolster mucus production in the lining of both the esophagus and stomach, providing protection against this acid reflux. Those with existing acid reflux would be best
served to avoid midnight snacks and should sleep with the head of the bed elevated. Remember, food triggers acid release. It is also probably best to avoid calcium supplements, since calcium stimulates acid release. Sleeping on the left side also reduces acid reflux, as this position helps to empty the stomach.
The lack of stomach acid interferes with vitamin B12 and iron absorption as well. Gastroenterologists are especially concerned about B12 deficiency.
Use quercetin, curcumin and hesperidinmixed with extra-virgin olive oil
(one tablespoon between meals)
Take two capsules of DGL (degly cyrrhizinated licorice) between meals and two at bedtime. Drink white/rosemary tea mixture two to three times a day.
Take supplements to combat H. pylori Avoid hot or spicy food Stay away from alcohol
Don't take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs). These include Advil,
ibupropen, aspirin, etc. If unable to avoid, take curcumin and quercetin in addition
Take DGL capsules — two capsules three
times a day plus two at bedtime Use antioxidant vitamins with food
Chew your food thoroughly
This was from a report By Dr. B.
I have had similar problems, In my case it was a combination of sleep apnea [ it can cause exhaustion/fatigue, brain fog, anxiety/depression and muscle weakness /pain], high thyroid and a poor gall bladder. If you are having problems sleeping, wake up really tired and seem spacy or with a headache you might try a sleep test. If you have not had your gall BLadder check this would be wise too! Good luck!