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Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
December 2019 Newsletter


It’s hard to believe Christmas is almost here!  2019 flew by for me.  Wishing you a great holiday season!

Digestion Continued
Last month I talked about the importance of hydrochloric acid in your stomach to help begin the digestive process.  It’s important to point out that some people will experience intense burning with the use of even 1 HCL capsule in the middle of their meal.  This is due to damage of the stomach lining from infections, reflux, etc.  Taking HCL will burn just like putting alcohol on an open wound.  To heal that irritated stomach, you need to take herbs like Slippery Elm bark, DGL, Aloe Vera, Marshmallow Root, glutamine, etc.

You can do the vinegar test to figure out if your stomach can handle taking HCL capsules with your meals.  Drink 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and see if you feel any stomach burning.  If you do, take the stomach healing herbs listed above for 6-8 weeks and re-do the vinegar test.  If it no longer causes burning, then start using the HCL as directed in our last newsletter.

Pancreas
With sufficient HCL in your stomach, your pancreas is triggered to release digestive enzymes.  A lack of enzymes will cause gas and bloating.  If you pass foul smelling gas, you are not digesting your proteins.  If your gas has no odor, you are not digesting your carbohydrates.  Bloating an hour or more after you eat relates to a poorly functioning gallbladder and not digesting your fats. Taking pancreatic enzymes with your HCL will help you to digest everything better.

Gallbladder
The next thing that can go wrong in the digestive process is your gallbladder.  Chronic dehydration can lead to gallstones or gallbladder sludge:

“Gallstones are common. 10% to 20% of Americans willdevelop stones at some time.”“Although there is undoubtedly an element of overuse,cholecystectomy is now the most common elective abdominal surgery performed in the U.S., with over 750,000operations being performed annually.” (Gut and Liver,Vol. 6, No. 2, April 2012, pp. 172-187)

The people most susceptible to gallbladder problems are:

• Being female                       • Being age 40 or older          • Being a Native American
• Being a Mexican American • Being overweight or obese  • Losing weight very quickly
• Being sedentary                   • Being pregnant                    • Eating a high-fat diet
• Eating a high-cholesterol diet         • Having a family history of gallstones
• Eating a low-fiber diet         • Having diabetes

• Taking medications that contain estrogen,such as oral contraceptives or hormone therapy drugs, statins, diuretics and chronic antibiotic use.

Bile Salts

Your gallbladder is just a receptacle for the bile that is produced in the liver.  When you eat food containing fat, your gallbladder is triggered to release bile salts into the small intestine.  Bile salts take fats and fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K plus essential fatty acids and makes them water soluble so they can be absorbed and transported in the blood.  Bile salts also bind to receptors in the gut and regulate the microbiome.  They also remove toxins from the liver.

Nutrients to help Gallbladder Function

Promotes gallbladder contraction, motility, and ejection
• Coffee
• Green Tea
• Ginger
• Curcumin

Promotes metabolism of cholesterol into bile salts
• Phosphatidylcholine
• Beet root extract
• Taurine
• Vitamin C
• Omega-3 Fatty Acids (must have lipase to digest)- Counteracts the negative impact of estrogen on bile flow
• Silymarin (milk thistle)- Dissolves gallstones aggressively
• Bile Salts (ox bile)- If you had your gallbladder removed, you should be taking bile salts with each meal to help you with the important functions listed above. 

“You will never be able to restore healthy gut and microbiome function until you resolve a gallbladder issue.”Dr. Kharrazian GI Seminar 2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, KWANZAA, FESTIVUS and NEW YEARS!