Fat molecules are a high source of energy for your body. If you aren’t digesting fats properly, you aren’t pulling enough energy from your food and thus, you begin experiencing a range of common symptoms that I’m going to talk about in this post.
Despite what you may have been led to believe, most fatty foods are not bad for you. Actually, they’re good for you but like everything else, must be consumed in moderation.
If you’re struggling to digest fats, you may experience common symptoms that you’d rather live without, so let’s talk about them…
- One of the most common signs that your body isn’t digesting fats properly is an intolerance to spicy, oily, and fatty foods
- Pain under the right rib cage is another symptom to look out for and a fairly common one at that
- Constipation points to problem digesting fats too, and it’s also one of the biggest signs to look out for
- An inability to conceive is another red flag and this applies to both men and women. Struggling to carry a fetus to term is another unfortunate symptom that could mean your body is struggling to digest fats properly
- Some other side effects include hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, and digestive distress
To watch the video on this topic hit play below, or read on for more…
Stomach acid & intolerance to spicy, oily, & fatty foods
Stomach acid has a lot to do with insufficient fat digestion. Your body can never make too much stomach acid. When you have heartburn or acid reflux, it’s understandable to assume it’s because you have too much acid in your stomach. However, this is not true.
What really happens when you experience things like heartburn and acid reflux is weakening to the lower esophageal sphincter, otherwise known as LES. This is a bundle of muscles at the end of the esophagus, where it meets the stomach.
When the lower esophageal sphincter is not as secure as it should be and becomes weaker, the contents of the stomach can travel upwards to the throat. That’s what you’re feeling when you feel the acid in your stomach come up into the esophagus and it’s not a pleasant experience at all.
On top of this, when you have a compromised stomach mucosa (the mucous membrane layer of the stomach), it results in a burning sensation. So, thinking that having too much stomach acid is why you’re experiencing all of these symptoms is incorrect.
The body is fascinating. It knows how to stop too much stomach acid from accumulating in the gut, so we need to listen to what our body is telling us and stop thinking that pharmaceutical drugs are going to help resolve the issue.
Only food provides energy to the human body. Prescription meds can never do that.
If you have a low tolerance to spicy foods, it’s because you’ve got low stomach acid, never too much!
Low stomach acid & bile
If you have symptoms like pain on the right side of your rib cage or constipation, low stomach acid is usually the culprit.
When you have low stomach acid in the small intestine, the body senses this and reduces the amount of bile entering the intestine.
Bile is the most alkaline thing in the human body and stomach acid is the most acidic. Therefore, bile is not only needed to digest fat, but it’s also required to neutralize stomach acid for pancreatic enzymes to work.
Without enough stomach acid entering the small intestine, the body thinks it does not need as much bile to neutralize the acid because there’s not much stomach acid there to begin with. The problem is that the body responds by reducing the amount of bile coming from the gall bladder into the small intestine.
The solution? Eat more bitter foods!
This will help to normalize bile flow and stomach acid. Foods such as dandelion root, camomile tea, and lemon peel will really help to normalize fat digestion.
Read my bestselling book, Gut Check!
If you’re struggling to digest fats and you want to restore your gut back to good health, I suggest that you pick up a copy of my bestselling book, Gut Check!
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If you’d like to work with me and get help when it comes to improving fat digestion, you can schedule your call with me by going to: https://drchristineteaches.com/one or get in touch by calling 586-685-2222.