12 Steps to Good Digestion

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Whether or not we currently are challenged by digestion difficulties, achieving better digestion increases the energy we extract from our food for all of us.  My experience based on work with a good many clients over the years has shown that these tips really help:

1.   Balance Your Plate   Eat a wide variety of foods endeavoring to include proteins, carbohydrates and ‘good fats’ (ex. olive oil) with each meal. This balanced approach helps maintain proper blood sugar levels and more consistently nourishes your cells.

2.   Don’t Fry     Steam, sauté, bake or simmer, but don’t fry food.

3.   Less Red Meat  Minimize red meat consumption, particularly in ground meat because of the high amount of fat. The fat is the primary storage sight of residue from pesticides, herbicides, animal growth hormones, animal antibiotics and any other toxic compounds the animals have not eliminated from their own bodies.

4.  More Fish     Explore alternatives to red meat including fish, nuts, beans, legumes and soy products. Studies show that moderate amounts of soy lessen the risk of some cancers and help balance hormones, particularly in woman.

5.   Raw Foods     Eat some raw food, such as salad or take digestive enzyme supplements during meals. We need enzymes to help break our food down in ways that our body can assimilate.

6.  Fruits     Eat fruits by themselves, as they are more easily digested on their own when eaten between meals.

7.   No Washing Down   Digestion is easier when liquids are minimized with your meals. Doing so keeps your stomach acids from being diluted when you need them at full strength. If you have been drinking sufficient amounts of water before mealtimes, you saliva will be adequate and it won’t be necessary to ‘wash down’ your food.

8.   Chew Well   Chew each mouthful of food thoroughly, savoring the taste and texture and swallowing it before adding the next mouthful. In this way, the stomach and intestines are not overtaxed in their work of breaking down the food.

9.   Fiber    Eat more fiber, from whole grains, fruits and vegetables – raw and steamed. Fiber sweeps your intestinal track, cleaning it to reduce the risk of developing intestinal diseases including colon cancer.

10.  ProBiotics    Introduce an abundance of ‘good bacteria’ into your intestinal track. These intestinal flora organisms from live culture yogurts and multi-strain acidophilus supplements help break down food and fight against yeast, parasites, toxins and intestinal wall deterioration, also known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome.”

Always take them after a round of antibiotics or an intestinal flu to restore the friendly intestinal bacteria. Acidophilus is most effective when taken the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. To retain their potency, refrigerate them after opening the bottle or purchase brands that are designed to stay stable and viable at room temperature.

11.  Aloe     Soothe and heal the entire digestive system with pure, organic ‘Aloe Vera’ juice. Anywhere from a teaspoon to an ounce mixed in water and taken several times a day does wonders in soothing heartburn, acid stomach or stomach and intestinal irritations. Aloe Vera juice also comes in gel caps, for those wanting the convenience of a capsule.

12.  Calm Yourself    Minimize activities that can rev you up, such as violent TV shows, loud music, excessive talking or listening to someone talk excessively. Calm yourself before eating with a few deep breaths and appreciate the energy the food will give your body so you can better enjoy your life.