303 – Simple Nutritional Solutions for Common Digestive Complaints

Do you have bloating, belching, poor digestions or occasional heartburn?

Interview with Dr. Audrey Ross

Digestive Health

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There are a lot of people with digestive challenges that are not medically related. These are common everyday digestive issues that don’t require medical intervention. Problems such as occasional, poor digestion, gas, bloating, heart burn and stomach irritation are examples of digestive complaints that can often be addressed by good nutritional support.* Just to be clear, we are not discussing serious digestive problems that require medical intervention. For all medical concerns see your health care practitioner.

When you have digestive complaints it is a good idea to evaluate everything that may be contributing factors. You need to be a lifestyle detective and examine your life. For the best long term outcomes you have to put right that which is going wrong.

  • Diet should be the first thing you consider. What foods bother you? How do they bother you? When do they bother you?
  • Are you eating poor quality foods or beverages? Many people will feel better just by eating wholesome foods and avoiding the junk.
  • Do you have excessive stress? Digestion often suffers when people are over-stressed.
  • Are you on medications that may interfere with good digestion? If so speak with your doctor about your concerns.
  • Do you need a good prebiotic and probiotic? If you have occasional digestive issues, consider supplementing with high quality probiotics*. NOTE: High potency does not equate to high quality. Be discerning.
  • Do you practice conscious eating? If you eat on the run, gobble your food, drink excessively with your meals? This can set you up for disturbed digestion. Do you chew your food well or eat fast? Good digestion begins in the mouth.

In this interview with Dr. Audrey Ross we will discuss solutions for these common, occasional digestive complaints. We will consider Country Life Vitamins and the simple solutions that you should know about. I have personally used many Country Life products for 40 years and I am happy to tell you about these. I have confidently recommended them many times over the years.

Occasional Acid Indigestion

It seems today that the first line approach to acid indigestion and other digestive complaints is to take one of the acid blocking medications. In doing so first, we bypass the simple nutritional solutions that may be appropriate and effective. In some cases, people may even need more stomach acid. The irony is that both high stomach acid and low stomach acid can have similar symptoms.

Acid Rescue is a simple solution for occasional heart burn and acid indigestion. Acid rescue provides calcium carbonate in a tasty sugar-free chewable tablet that quickly gives relief. It’s easy to take and works right away.

Digestive Enzyme Support
Digestive Enzymes are used by the body to break down the foods we consume. Without sufficient enzymes we cannot extract the nutrients. If you feel bloated, have stomach gas, belching and food just sits like a rock in your stomach, you may consider supplementing with digestive enzymes. If you need more enzymes then a solution would be to take them with your meals.  Each different enzyme digests a specific type of food such as protein, carbs, fats, fiber, lactose and so on. Look for enzymes that digest the foods that bother you when you eat.

Papaya Digestive Support is a fruity chewable enzyme from whole fruit non-GMO Papaya. Papaya Digestive Support contains protease to support protein digestion and alpha-amylase to support the breakdown of carbohydrates.

Aloe Vera Liquid
Aloe Vera is a plant that has been used for hundreds of years for its beneficial properties. Many people know that aloe has wonderful benefits externally. In this case we are considering the use of the inner filet in liquid form. Aloe Vera liquid has been shown to support immune, cardiovascular, and digestive health.* How do we have confidence in these claims? This is a good example of the value of clinically studied ingredients.

Country Life Vitamins uses ACTIValoe®. There are over 20 published studies on ACTIValoe® showing these and other benefits for their specific Aloe Vera Liquid. If you want products that have science behind their claims then you need to expect companies to use trademarked, clinically studied ingredients. This is how consumers can have confidence in products. You should also consider the certifications that exist.

ACTIValoe® has been shown to increase the absorption of vitamins B12, C and E*. ACTIValoe® contains acemannan which works as a prebiotic.*

Aloe Plus includes ACTIValoe® plus the herbs ginger, turmeric, peppermint, sheep sorrel, burdock root, slipper elm and turkey rhubarb.

Activated Charcoal
Charcoal has been used for hundreds of years as an internal aid. Even today charcoal is used in filtration systems because of its absorptive properties. Internally charcoal is used to adsorb intestinal gas. It is this property that makes charcoal useful. Charcoal can be used in body cleansing programs. It is even now being used to brush your teeth.

Country Life Vitamins Activated Charcoal is sustainably sourced from coconut shells. It is specially processed under high steam activation.

NOTE: Charcoal may bind to prescription medications. Consult with your doctor prior to using.

It’s interesting to me that these were all known to me as natural remedies when I first studied nutrition over 40 years ago. This is a case where the simple remedies of the past have been made current and still provide very profound benefits. These products were developed because they are effective and with Country Life Vitamins, I know they are a company you can trust.

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Dr. Audrey Ross, ND
Dr. Ross works for Country Life Vitamins  and Biochem Science by Nature as their Senior National Educator. She has a PhD in Naturopathy as well as a degree in Marketing. Dr. Ross ran a naturopathic consulting practice in Texas and worked with medical doctors, providing nutritional consultations for patients. Dr. Ross has a passion for teaching and has conducted seminars on nutrition, weight loss, stress reduction, etc. She co-authored a book on female hormone management in 2000. Her passion and knowledge bridges the divide between allopathic and naturopathic health care.



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