When the digestive system is not coping with our lifestyle or diet it complains with symptoms. Infrequent symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, heartburn, reflux, diarrhoea or constipation, symptoms that we mostly ignore or forget. Yet, these are symptoms of an underlying imbalance of the digestive environment that tend to worsen over time.
Other indications of digestive disorder include lack of appetite; food allergies or food intolerances and avoidance of certain foods because they lead to indigestion or nausea.
Many depend on pharmaceutical drugs to reduce or avoid recurrent digestive symptoms. The most frequently used drugs include antacids, proton pump inhibitors and H2-receptor antagonists to reduce stomach acid.
Around 29% of the western population are on proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Zoton, Losec, Somac or Pariet) for Acid reflux or Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and approximately 30% for Heartburn.
Antacids including Mylanta, Tagamet, Maalox and Pepcid are regularly used for Heartburn and dyspepsia.
Regular use of stomach acid lowering medication will interfere with assimilation and absorption of foods, which in long-term can have adverse effects on bowel flora (dysbiosis) and nutrient availability to the rest of the bod