Good Digestion, a Key to Vibrant Health. Good intestinal health

This post was written by optahealth on January 1, 2010
Posted Under: Digestion

It’s not just what you eat, but what you digest, absorb and assimilate that counts.

Good digestion is a major key to vibrant health, no matter what your age or health condition. If you are looking to increase your energy and vitality or help your body to recover from illness or injury, proper digestion is critically important.

You have heard it said, “You are what you eat.”, But more importantly you are what you digest, absorb and assimilate. It’s easy to see the connection between digestion and things like, acid reflux, indigestion, heart burn, Irritable bowel, constipation and the like. The truth is most Natural Health practitioners are of the opinion that most disease have a connection to the digestive tract. If you are not breaking down and absorbing the nutrients in your food very well, you are going to have problems.

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    Tips for Good Digestion

    Chew, Chew

    Here’s the first quick tip to improve digestion, chew your food and chew it good. digestion actually begins in the mouth. Enzymes are present in your saliva, which mixes with the food and begins the digestive process. Thorough chewing also breaks the food down into smaller particles, which makes the entire digestive process easier, and improves absorption of nutrients.

    Herbs and Spices Enhance digestion

    Herbs are inexpensive and easy to find at most grocery stores. If you have a spice rack at home and you can’t remember how old the herbs are, or when they were last used, it’s best to throw them away and start fresh. Never store herbs above the stove, where heat and moisture can ruin them.
    There are a number of herbs that have bee traditionally used to improve digestion. Many of these herbs have other benefits as well along with making food taste better.

    • Basil, bay, caraway, cardamom, hot pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, ginger, garlic, rosemary, turmeric.
    • Bitters are a traditional herbal tonic for digestion.
    • Apple Cider vinegar – Organic only

    This is just a partial list. Explore cookbooks and herbal books.

    Limit Liquids

    The next quick tip, (and this one’s free also) is to limit the amount of liquid you drink with a meal. Water, soft drinks and other liquids dilute the digestive juices hydrochloric acid and enzymes. A few sips of water won’t hurt, but large beverages can have a negative impact on your tummy.

    Where’s My Enzymes?

    Enzymes, were once abundant in our diets before the dawn of modern food processing and the practice of shipping foods long distances. Fresh, raw organic fruits and vegetables contain an abundance of enzymes. Almost no one gets enough enzymes from their diet anymore. Enzymes are critical for good health, they perform myriad of functions in the hyman body. You could not talk, breath, think or move around without enzymes working in your body.

    Food Enzymes Capsules (120)One of the primary causes of low energy and chronic health problems is declining enzymes in the body. I personally take enzymes every day. After researching and trying multiple enzyme products, the best one I have found so far is called Food Enzymes.

    Healthy Flora

    Probiotics are the army of healthy bacteria living in our intestinal tract. They help us to maintain health in many ways. There are actually more micro-organisms in the digestive tract than cells in the body. There are several things that can beat up on your army of beneficial micro-organisms:

    • Anti-biotic usage
    • Anti-biotic residue in meat dairy and other products
    • Stress
    • Too much sugar and refined carbs
    • Junk food in general

    To restore a healthy army of good guys consider a probiotic supplement.

    Eat quality foods

    The best way to improve your diet is to increase fresh, raw, organic vegetables and fruits. The old saying goes, Garbage in – Garbage out. When you put junk into your digestive tract, it becomes overtaxed and overburdened. Try putting real food in.

    Eating Meditation

    is the practice of paying attention to the process of eating. Take your time and really be aware of your food, the taste, the texture. Ask your body, how do you like this?

    Reader Comments

    my favorite herb is Thyme and Mint leaves, i occasionaly use them in baked foods and pasta;;’

    #1 
    Written By Arthritis Treatment ` on October 12th, 2010 @ 1:02 am

    irritable bowel is a no-no disease. it is painful and very disturbing too:””

    #2 
    Written By Cross Country Running Shoes ` on October 12th, 2010 @ 1:06 am

    i have some small garden of herbs at home, i use them for baking foods and as herbal medicines ”~

    #3 
    Written By Compatible Ink on December 16th, 2010 @ 12:39 am

    herbs and spices are great additions for your foods and pastry,i’ve been using them for several years .*,

    #4 
    Written By Shower Cubicle on December 16th, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    irritable bowel is really bad, this disease can really crap your digestive system ,~’

    #5 
    Written By Tub Chair on December 16th, 2010 @ 12:53 am

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