Restoring Your Digestive Health
Restoring your digestive health is essential to physical wellness. If your digestion is less than optimal, natural indigestion remedies can help.
The digestive system is made up of body parts responsible for eating and drinking, processing foods, assimilating nutrients, and disposing of waste. It's a big job that keeps one or more of parts busy most of the time. When something goes wrong in the system, whether it's in the stomach, gallbladder, liver, intestines or elsewhere, trouble can ensue.
Much more happens in your gut than processing food.
Did you know that your gut makes more of certain neurotransmitters than your brain does. Almost all of your serotonin is made in the intestines to regulate its movements.
Lymph tissue lining your digestive system produces over 60% of your immune cells.When this lining is compromised, so is your immune system. This increases your risk of infection, autoimmune diseases, gut flora imbalances, joint problems, skin issues and faster aging.
Natural Indigestion Remedies for Restoring Digestive Health
Billions of dollars in sales of indigestion remedies reflect how common tummy troubles have become. Often these remedies only mask symptoms without correcting the problem and can make it worse. The good news is that easing discomfort and restoring your digestive health is possible with the help of natural indigestion remedies.
- Reduce sugar consumption. The average American downs way too much sugar, over 100 pounds a year. Yeast and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract feed on sugar. If their population grows too much, they will crowd out good bacteria. Balanced gut ecology is a key factor in restoring your digestive health.
- Eliminate aggravating foods. When your gut is imbalanced, food does not break down efficiently. You may find yourself reacting to more foods. Common sensitivities include sugar, peanuts, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and gluten-containing grains. If you have reflux or heartburn eliminate citrus, chocolate, spices, peppermint, alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee and non-herbal teas for at least three weeks. If symptoms improve, add one food back every few days. If symptoms flare, stop eating that food. Blood tests are available to identify food sensitivities.
- Filter chlorine out of your tap water. Chlorine is a disinfectant that kills bacteria - good and bad.
- Chew your food. Healthy digestion starts in your mouth. Chew slowly and thoroughly so food mixes with saliva enzymes before passing into your stomach. This will also curb overeating because your brain will have time to send the message that you are full. Eating too much makes it difficult for your stomach to churn food. If you drink fruit or vegetable juice, mix it with the saliva in your mouth before swallowing. No gulping!
- Eat foods rich in fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber. Freshly ground flax seeds, chia seeds, whole grains, berries, beans, and vegetables are all good choices. Fiber slows digestion so you feel full longer and helps with elimination. Be sure to drink plenty of water with fiber or you can get plugged up.
- Support natural detoxification. Limit toxic exposure as much as possible. Good bacteria, fiber, water, and super green foods such as spirulina and chlorella promote healthy detoxification in your intestines. If they are not eliminated there, toxins are reabsorbed into your bloodstream.
- Eat probiotic rich foods or take supplements.
Always follow a course of antibiotics with plenty of probiotics for at least two months to maintain the balance of yeast and intestinal bacteria. Friendly gut bacteria support your immune system, healthy digestion, and detoxification.
A few spoonfuls of cultured vegetables, raw sauerkraut, tempeh or miso with meals provides a good dose of probiotics. If you tolerate dairy, you can drink probiotic-rich kefir or eat live culture yogurt. Avoid sugar-rich varieties. If none of these foods are acceptable to you, take high quality probiotic supplements.
- Use natural digestive aids. Many people swear by antacids which neutralize stomach acids. Then food cannot be properly processed in the stomach and it is dumped into the intestines. Contrary to common belief, the problem is often not too much acid, but too little. Betaine HCL or a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar with your meal can supplement the acids. Try it and see if it helps. Full-spectrum digestive enzymes at the beginning of a meal may also help. Take bitter herbs right before a meal to get your digestive juices and enzymes flowing. Chamomile, gentian, fennel, dandelion root and peppermint are popular herbal indigestion remedies.
- Reduce stress. An important part of restoring your digestive health is being mindful of the connection between body and mind. Too much stress can wreak havoc on your ability to absorb and assimilate food. Excess cortisol inhibits blood flow to the digestive system and may lead to constipation. Do not eat when your stressed. Calm down first.
Restoring your digestive health is possible when you follow these healthy habits and use natural digestive aids. Good digestion promotes optimized nutrient absorption, waste elimination, neurotransmitter creation, and healthy immune function. Your rewards are overall better health, a happy gut, and improved energy.
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