When you say you are experiencing "digestive problems" do you have symptoms of H.Pylori?
If you are a carrier of H. pylori
, you may have no symptoms. If you have an ulcer or gastritis, you may have some of the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating and fullness
- Dyspepsia or indigestion
- Feeling very hungry 1 to 3 hours after eating
- Mild nausea (may be relieved by vomiting)
If so, the digestive problems can can be due to low stomach acid. With hpylori, the stomach will try to produce more acid to try to compensate for the ammonia being produced by hpylore. The ammonia is highly alkaline, neutralizing the stomach acid. This would definitely interfere with digestion of nutrients, especially minerals.
You need zinc and vitamin Bs to help the stomach produce acid. Make sure you are getting about 30 to 40mg per day of zinc in a supplement. The rest will come from your diet. Don't take more than 50mg per day.
Chewing is the first part of digestion. It draws out and also produces enzymes from your food. With proper chewing, you would not identify any food particulate in your feces. It still does not mean that you are digesting it properly though.
Try TMG before meals. https://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas...blets/141?at=0
Unacidified betaine is trimethylglycine (TMG), and performs far more functions than betaine HCl. TMG is commercially produced from beet leaves.
I assume you are getting enough salt. Sodium choride is something we all tend to get too much of, but is is a necessary building block for stomach acid. The sodium chloride is split and the chloride forms hydrochloric acid. The sodium is converted in to sodium bicarbonate, which is a buffer for acids in the body, including stomach acid when digestion is finished, so you won't have too much acid build up in the stomach. After the age of 40, we tend to have problems building acid in the stomach anyway. The most common reason the body will not produce this lining is if the body' prostaglandins are being inhibited. For example, the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.
You could help your situation by taking raw apple cider vinegar for a while. The acids in apple cider vinegar improve digestion and deter the growth of disease-causing bacteria in the digestive tract. The minerals (potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium) bind to the acids and neutralize them when the digestive tract needs to be more alkaline, if you are worried about too much acid. The body knows what to do.
I've already written much about digestive bitters, but they could be your best help. They help the body produce enzymes, help balance hormones, and among several other things gently flush the liver.