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15 Simple Ways to Support Your Digestion (Guest Post)

Posted Jul 09 2010 11:36am

A healthy digestive system is top priority for health, especially if you want to heal from or prevent life-threatening diseases. With good digestion, toxins are carried out of your body and the nutrients from food can nourish you.

I recently heard a famous doctor telling people that it’s normal to have a bowel movement every couple of days. This is not normal, nor is it healthy! Is it the norm in our society? Possibly. But it is not “normal.” It is constipation.

To heal disease – and prevent disease – your bowels need to move regularly. Twice per day would help eliminate harmful impurities effectively, but some people don’t even have daily bowel movements. If this is the case for you, the food you eat and the toxins you ingest remain in your body too long, where they can fester.

 

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The goal in any plan to become healthier and disease-free is to completely heal your digestive process. When your digestive system isn’t like clockwork, all of your organs operate at diminished capacity. Your body can’t absorb the nutrients it needs. Who can truly heal or maintain wellness over time in this situation?

Your body wants to eliminate what’s not useful to its optimum functioning while utilizing each and every nutrient it can from your food. That’s part of its job. But the modern lifestyle prevents it. The average diet leads to increased cases of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, skin conditions, aches and pains, indigestion, acid reflux, autoimmune disorders and more.

Top-quality food, vital to good health, is not pre-packaged. It isn’t found in a box, can or wrapper. It’s found in your own kitchen or one in which fresh, real, live food is valued. Packaged, processed food with additives is diminished in nutrients and quality. Some of it is plain dead. Your body can’t use it for nourishment and has to expend energy to get it out of you.

With a little discipline and patience, you can heal or considerably improve long-standing digestive problems which are at the root of poor health. There are many inexpensive things you can do to help this along. Here are 15 that will get you well on your way to digestive bliss, no matter what your current state of health:

  1. If constipation has been the norm for you, first thing in the morning, drink a large glass of warm water with one teaspoon to one tablespoon of fiber. Find a fiber supplement based on fruits and vegetables.
  2. Drink purified water throughout the day.
  3. Drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a little warm water before each meal, or add it to salad dressings or vegetables.
  4. Avoid sugar, white flour products, excess meat, food with chemical additives, fast foods of any kind, coffee and caffeine in any form, fried greasy foods, oranges and orange juice, alcohol and foods that can upset your stomach, such as spicy ones. Once your digestion is healthy again, you can occasionally indulge.
  5. Eat a fresh, room-temperature salad every day. However, this is not a good idea if you tend toward diarrhea. In that case, steamed vegetables and broths will be better for you than raw salads.
  6. Each morning, drink a warm glass of water with the juice of ½ an organic lemon.
  7. Eat a bit of sauerkraut with every meal to create healthy intestinal flora. Once your digestion is healthy again, eat it on a regular basis. Feel free to do a little research of your own on the health benefits of fermented vegetables. In addition, supplement your diet with a high quality probiotic to help enhance healthy intestinal bacteria.
  8. Eat room-temperature or slightly warm food and avoid cold foods and drinks. Cold products cause your stomach to work harder to digest your food.
  9. Eat homemade broths and stocks made from meat, chicken or fish to gain their healing properties. These have been used by traditional cultures for centuries. Research has shown that gelatin, naturally occurring from simmering bones and cartilage, is a powerful aid for digestion.
  10. If constipated, snack on a few raw walnuts that have been soaked in water for several hours. Soaking nuts helps you digest them better.
  11. Drink fennel, ginger, peppermint or chamomile tea instead of coffee or sodas.
  12. Do an intestinal cleanse, preferably guided by a natural health practitioner. Follow up with a cleanse every year in the springtime.
  13. Get tested for parasites and Candida so you can begin to eliminate vitality-sapping parasites and fungus.
  14. Supplement your diet with digestive enzymes, which can help your body detoxify and absorb nutrients. You can also eat more pineapple and papaya, both of which contain helpful digestive enzymes.
  15. Sit down for meals. Eat slowly in a comforting environment, with your attention on your meal, not on the computer or television, and especially not on the news. Rest for a moment after you eat.

- Christina Grant, Ph.D.

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