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YOUR DIGESTIVE TR ACT FUNCTIONS AS TH E arbiter of nutrient absorption. However, digestive problems are common, including upset stomach, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation. Aside from the physical discomfort these issues cause, if you have regular problems with digestion, there’s a good chance you’re not making optimal use of the nutrients in your foods or supplements. The causes of digestive disorders can vary greatly. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn are sometimes caused by chronic overeating or by food sensitivities, usually because of eating too many processed foods. Antibiotics can have long-term deleterious effects on the digestive tract. Stomach ulcers are most commonly caused by H. pylori (a bacterium) or longterm use of the drug ibuprofen. Heartburn, GERD, and acid indigestion are most commonly treated with antacids or two other classes of drugs, called proton-pump inhibitors or H2 blockers, which work by reducing acid production in the stomach. However, these drugs reduce absorption of some nutrients, including vitamin B , vitamin C, magne
12 sium, and likely many other nutrients. The risk of becoming deficient in vitamin B increases sharply after two years of
12 taking acid-blocking drugs, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Skip fast foods and convenience foods, as well as soft drinks. It’s unusual for people to develop upset tummies while eating wholesome natural foods.