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.
Digestive troubles can lead to leaky gut and uncomfortable symptoms such as gas and bloating. A myriad of health issues can be traced to trouble with digestion and elimination.
You need a well functioning digestive system to properly assimilate nutrients and get rid of toxins and waste.
Much more happens in your gut than processing food.
Your gut makes more of certain neurotransmitters than your brain does. One of these is serotonin.
Lymph tissue lining your digestive system produces over 60% of your immune cells.
When this compromised, so is your immune system. This puts you at higher risk for infection and autoimmune diseases. You are also more susceptible to gut flora imbalances, joint problems, skin issues and faster aging.
Natural Indigestion Remedies
Billions of dollars in sales of indigestion remedies reflect how common 'tummy troubles' have become. The good news is that restoring your digestive health is possible with the help of natural digestive aids and a few healthy eating habits.
- Reduce sugar consumption. The average American downs over 100 pounds of sugar a year. All this sugar feeds yeast and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract. This causes an imbalance between the yeast, bad bacteria and helpful bacteria. It also suppresses your immune system. 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 you may also want to try eliminating citrus, chocolate, spices, peppermint, alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee and non-herbal teas. If symptoms improve, add one food back every few days and see what happens. 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 also reduces your chances of overeating since your brain has 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 too. No gulping!
- Eat probiotic rich foods or take supplements.
Eat fermented foods such as organic yogurt, homemade or refrigerated sauerkraut, tempeh, miso or kefir every day for intestinal health and as natural digestion remedy.
Always follow a course of antibiotics with plenty of probiotics for at least two months to to restore your digestive health and the balance of yeast and intestinal bacteria. Friendly gut bacteria support your immune system, healthy digestion, and detoxification.
- Reduce stress. When stress raises cortisol, blood flow to the digestive system gets cut back. This hinders healthy digestion and may lead to constipation. An important part of restoring your digestive health is keeping stress at bay.
- 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. 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.
- Use a natural digestion remedy. Although many people swear by the temporary relief of antacids, these indigestion remedies actually shut down food processing in your stomach resulting in food 'dumping' into your intestines. Contrary to common belief, the problem is not usually too much acid, but too little. Betaine HCL or a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar with your meal can supplement the acids. Full-spectrum digestive enzymes at the beginning of a meal help if you are deficient. Bitter herbs taken right before a meal get your digestive juices and enzymes going. Chamomile, gentian, fennel, dandelion root and peppermint are popular herbal indigestion remedies.
Restoring your digestive health promotes optimized nutrient absorption, waste elimination, neurotransmitter creation, and immune function. Natural indigestion remedies and habits that promote healthy digestion can help. Your rewards are overall better health, a happy gut, and improved energy.
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