If you were to establish a “ground zero” for the mass majority of health conditions, it would be the digestive system. So many parts of the body contribute to a healthy digestive process, including and not limited to your mindset, stomach acid, digestive tract, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. If any of these areas become compromised, the disease label machine begins splitting out conditions and prescriptions.
So when it comes to improving your health, making sure you have mastered your digestion is of utmost importance. Here are 4 proven ways to tune up this important process.
Juicing is a great activity to crank up the effectiveness of your digestion. Not only does it give your digestive system a much needed break from the daily grind of processing nutrients and enzyme depleted food, it also easily delivers many components required for proper digestion including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, and water.
Incorporating a juice even 3-4 times a week can greatly improve a contracted and acidic state in the digestive system. However, you do need to understand there are some drawbacks to juicing you need to be aware of before you start.
Fermented Foods and Beverages
Fermented foods and beverages are an excellent way to facilitate proper digestion. Originally used as a preservation method, fermenting has now become popular due to its ability to dramatically increase our probiotic intake, an important component to healthy digestion.
Not only does eating fermented foods increase our probiotic requirements (recent lab tests showed 10 trillion active bacteria in a 4-6 ounce serving of raw, homemade sauerkraut), it also helps keep bad bacteria in check as lactic acid producing lactobacilli in these foods alter the acidity in the intestine which helps prevent the overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria and Candida.
Fermented foods are also essentially “pre-digested”, which means they have already been partially broken down, which just makes it easier for your digestive system to do it’s good work.
Some great fermented foods and beverages include sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass, and kefir.
Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)
HCL is also known as betaine hydrochloride or stomach acid. Due to the overconsumption of processed and chemically treated foods, stress, and prominence of infections like H. pylori, our stomach acid has become weakened and has severely compromised a key stage of digestion. To make this even worse, people have rushed to get antacids and acid blockers, not realizing this only continues to weaken the stomach acid and exacerbate the problems associated with it (heartburn, GERD, acid reflux, etc).
HCL helps those with poor stomach acid to properly digest food by breaking up fats and proteins, and killing ingested bacteria and parasites that have caused the dilution of the proper stomach acid in the first place.
Avoid Digestion Disturbers
It’s one thing to incorporate those factors that can improve digestion, but it’s quite another to avoid the factors that put undue pressure on the digestive system. Incorporating the 3 suggestions above are only as effective as your ability to cut out the deal breakers that are sure to make your digestion worse.
Some key things to completely avoid while cleaning up your digestion include:
- Refined sugar and high sugar foods
- Overly starchy foods
- White vinegar
- Processed meat
Unfortunately, many people are unaware that their digestion is severely compromised, because they simply do not recognize the symptoms. This can lead to many disease labels down the road, from arthritis to cancer.
To avoid that unnecessary fate, take this simple test and online quiz and if you turn out “positive”, use this article as a starting point to get it back on track.
If you already know you have a digestive problem and are pulling your hair out trying to figure out how to fix it, get yourself into this digestive “disease busting” health program.
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About the author:
Derek Henry took a deadly health challenge that conventional medicine couldn’t solve and self-directed a one-in-a-million health journey that found him happier and healthier than he had been in his entire life. As a result of this rewarding journey, he created Healing the Body and became a well revered holistic health coach who now spends his time writing, coaching, and educating thousands of people each month who want to enjoy similar results.