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Indigestion: a condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen with or following meals.


The problem with the above (commonly accepted) definition is that it describes symptoms rather than the factors is causing the symptoms.

Indigestion has MANY faces. Let’s discuss them and see how they relate to the BIG PICTURE, meaning, health, illness and premature aging.

First, indigestion is a condition of poor DIGESTION, meaning the inability to process food.

Second, indigestion is a reflection of an inflamed LIVER.

Third, indigestion indicates sluggish BOWELS.

Fourth, indigestion reflects hormonal imbalance between the REGULATORY HORMONES: insulin, leptin, adrenaline and cortisol.

Fifth, indigestion mirrors the effects of STRESS and what it does to your entire digestive tract.

Each of the above BOLDED terms are covered individually.

Please click on hyperlinked terms for access to a full discussion of each.

Highlights of Interest

The inability to fully digest food, commonly involves poor enzyme function, a compromised liver and generally a damaged, compromised small intestinal gut wall and hormonal dysfunction. Another factor is an out of balance bacterial gut matrix.

To learn more about how hormonal dysfunction affects your liver and gallbladder, please read Special Insights, Change Your Food Habits, Change Your Life by clicking hyperlinked title.

Indigestion related pain is commonly mistaken for gallbladder trouble when the real problem is the liver.  In fact,  99% of gallbladder surgeries are needless surgeries justified by the presence of stones.

While stones can be a problem, look to a highly inflamed and highly congested liver for the source of discomfort related to indigestion. Regardless of gallstones or a defective gallbladder (which may in fact require surgical removal if a true emergency), the issues that led to the gallbladder event remain after the surgery and morph and return later with a different label.


Like most things, prevention is the best solution.

Please review the Tissue & Liver Protocol for a fuller understanding of how you can avoid the trauma of gallbladder surgery or the misery of indigestion.

It is interesting to note that appendicitis, acid reflux, hiatal hernia and bowel disorders have the same origins as gallbladder issues.

If you have issues with any of the BOLDED items listed above, your problems are terrain issues and if they are not addressed, they will come to haunt each and every one of us.  Ignore them at your own risk!

Deal with the causes behind the labels and you will not have to care how you spell the problems because you will not incur it.


  1. Change your lifestyle and your diet.
  2. Embrace Young Again Club Protocols.
  3. Ask for help and be open to new ideas.

See Sugar/Alcohol Cycle, Autoimmune Attack Cycle, Digestion, Colon, Inflammation, Cravings, Acid Reflux, and Gut in Glossary link below.

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