I just read about another study indicating that Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) are harmful to your health. These are the drugs commonly prescribed for GERD – or what we used to call heartburn. There have been several studies published, showing a number of different side effects and symptoms. No, it’s not a big surprise. When you treat a symptom or just mask it, you can’t expect to stop the problem. What surprises and frustrates me is that there is an easy, inexpensive way to fix your gut – I mean besides the obvious: fixing your diet.
L-glutamine is an amino acid that our bodies produce. Among the positive benefits is helping to heal the gut. It literally helps your body heal the entire digestive system. When your gut is healthy, it is able to block toxins and absorb important nutrients. An unhealthy gut allows toxins to get into our system and cause all kinds of trouble. At the same time, we will not properly absorb or utilize the nutrients needed to keep us healthy and fight off all the nasty invaders we come in contact with. A teaspoon of L-glutamine powder with a little water, taken once or twice daily can change your life. It did mine. I had heartburn all day, every day for years. Then I started taking L-glutamine every morning and I haven’t had a problem since.
Probiotics are also very important to a healthy digestive system. God gave us our own army of good bacteria that help digest food and fight off all the bad organisms we just can’t avoid. Unfortunately, there are so many things in our society that destroy this important internal flora. Things like fluoride and chlorine in our drinking water, preservatives in our food, most prescription drugs, and even residual herbicides on our fruit and veggies can all have a negative impact on our good bacteria. We need to replace that lost bacteria.
Taking probiotics and L-glutamine every day will probably alleviate any digestive problems you have, assuming you are also willing to adjust your diet a little. And side effects? Yep…better health, better attitude, stronger muscles, healthier immune system, and more energy.
Why would you take a prescription drug with a list of negative side effects, which we are now finding to be even more dangerous than previously believed, when you can take something natural that will only help and can have other positive effects on your body?