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Sure Fire Ways to Improve & Ruin Your Digestion

written by Guest Blogger February 16, 2011

Editor’s Note: If you suffer from any digestive issues, you’ve got to read today’s guest post by Dr. Snow. He shares some very interesting, possibly controversial information about digestion and, as a bonus, gives us incredibly promising (and tasty) news!


I am constantly asked by my clients, “How do I improve my digestion?” My initial, and somewhat `cryptic’ response is, “By doing the opposite of what you did to ruin it.”

I do this purposely to emphasize a point. For the most part the digestive process is quite hardy and impervious to most things we do to `abuse’ it.

The first thing that you need to know is that food has nothing to do with indigestion. It is not the food’s fault and this also applies to digestive issues such as lactose intolerance and gluten allergies.

Poor digestion, in whatever form it manifests, is always man-made. We are born with a “cast iron” stomach – with the ability to swallow and digest pretty much anything that passes for food these days. (Except maybe your mother in-law’s tuna casserole!)

How Your Digestive System is Supposed to Work (The Basics)

Our whole gastro-intestinal tract, including our stomach, is supposed to be covered with `friendly bacteria’ that I refer to as “software.” It is the brains of the gut and orchestrates the digestive process.

This “software” is supposed to be “installed” into the “hardware” (our stomach) at birth when our mother breastfeeds us. The breast milk is the original source of the probiotic – the good bacterias that we are hearing all about these days. This bacterial “software” is smart stuff and is the key to excellent digestion.

When food enters into your stomach, the “software” identifies the molecular structure of that particular food – protein, carbohydrate, fat, etc. It then sends a signal to the Parietal Cells (little bumps on the stomach wall) to secrete the specific digestive enzyme that is responsible for “processing” that particular food.

When this software is in place, you are able to digest any combination of foods without the slightest hitch. But, on the flip side, if it is not in place that’s when we experience the classic symptoms of indigestion: bloating, gas, heartburn, etc.

Sure Fire Ways to Ruin & Improve Your Digestion

Having described the basics, I know you’re still looking for me to tell you the sure fire ways to ruin and improve your digestion. The answer to these questions are much simpler than you think and are really just different sides of the same coin.

Most of you have done a real good job at the ruining part but are not likely to know just how you did it. The one and only way you can ruin your digestion is by taking antibiotics to kill off some type of (bad) bacterial infection because they also kill off the “software” or `good’ bacteria at the same time.

Good gut bacteria does not grow back on it’s own so now you have no “software” to orchestrate the digestion and you are stuck with taking Pepto-Bismol, Tums, etc. Does this sound like you?

So now to answer the question, “What is the only way to improve your digestion?” My “cryptic” answer is: to do the opposite to what you did to ruin your digestion which is to replace the “software.”

Do you remember how we got this “software” installed in the first place? Well, short of going out and finding a lactating woman, you can do this by getting yourself a bottle of “software,” otherwise known as a probiotic and take it with a bottle of colostrums (ask a mother). Take them for a month and throw away that Pepto-Bismol for good!

Oh, I almost forgot, now you have no excuse to not eat your mother in-law’s tuna casserole. Sorry. (Pssst, you can always do what I do: give it to the dog along with some doggy probiotics.)

About the Author

Dr. Albert Snow has been practicing Natural Medicine for 30 years. He holds a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, Herbology and Orthomolecular Biochemistry and is a certified Nutritionist. Learn more about Dr. Snow and his revolutionary Gastro-Enterology Method on his website and blog.

Wow, this info is crazy! Just to be clear, if you weren’t breastfed or if your mother was already deficient in “good” bacteria when she had you, you’ve had a compromised digestive system all your life. And, not only can we heal our digestive woes forever, we can get our “cast iron guts” back! What do you think of that?

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Mariellen Ward February 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Very interesting article, especially for people of my age group. Unfortunately for me, I was born at exactly the same time that Dr Spock’s Baby Book was on the bestseller’s list — and my Mom dutifully followed his instructions. The long and the short of it is that I was bottle fed, and not breast fed, at timed intervals, and not when I was hungry. It was a very scientific approach, and the consequence is that my digestive system has always been very poor and very problematic. It’s not wonder I am a science skeptic!

Thanks for posting. I will consider his advice, cheers,


Head Health Nutter February 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

You’re most welcome for the post, Mariellen, and thanks for leaving a comment. I think many people are in our shoes – almost everyone I speak to confesses they have some sort of digestive issue — and imagine all the people who don’t tell me about it (a very private topic, indeed)!

I just picked up some new probiotics (I’ve been taking them for 2 weeks already) and a bottle of colostrum over the weekend. I’ll let you know if I regain my “iron gut” within a month! 🙂

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Tonia October 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

Great Article! With regards to probiotics…which ones would you reccommend? Also where would you get a bottle of colostrum? Fortunately I breast fed both my children on demand…unfortunately I was bottle fed…and have suffered constantly!!!

Head Health Nutter October 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Hi Tonia. I’ll send your question to Dr. Snow so you’ll have an expert opinion.

In the meantime, I go to a health supplement store that I trust and ask the owner to recommend the best products for me. I get both probiotics and colostrum there.

Wishing you good digestion! Steph 🙂

Tonia October 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

Thank you Steph for the response!! I look forward to Dr. Snow’s recommendations…I was feeling overwhelmed when I went to health food store and they had so many different brands…some recommended Bovine and some goat/sheep, so was not sure. Also I’m on an acid inhibitor from the dr’s…and was not sure if I could do this regimen while taking meds from my stomach issues. Thx Again!

Head Health Nutter October 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

You’re most welcome, Tonia. I just sent all of your questions to Dr. Snow and we’ll see what he says. 🙂

Head Health Nutter October 20, 2011 at 12:15 am

Hey Tonia, here’s Dr. Snow’s response:

he best probiotic on the market is FloraMore by Renew Life. Regarding colostrum – bovine is best & if you have any concerns about lactose intolerance you should use one that is lactose neutralized. The only one I know of is made by Food Science Labs.

Please don’t believe that you have to live with Acid Reflux/Heartburn it is 100% fixable.

Tonia October 21, 2011 at 9:47 am

Thank you Steph for this response!!! Very helpful!! The only last thing is it ok to be on the meds for acid control and do this regimen?

Head Health Nutter October 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Hey Tonia, here’s how Dr. Snow responded to your question:

“Yes- it is ok- but you will need to strategically wean off of them after either all of the symptoms subside & or you have taken the supplements long enough to assume you are healed. This does take supervision.”


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