Did you know that 1 out of 3 surgeries is due to a digestion problem?

Many people don’t rectify an issue before it becomes chronic. Whether you suffer from acid reflux, gas, bloating or indigestion, something wrong happens to the food you eat after it enters your stomach. Poor digestion can weaken your gastrointestinal system, reducing your ability to absorb nutrients and your vital immune barrier.

 

 

Here are 6 ways to battle bloating and other digestive upsets:

  1. A healthy goat can help a healthy gut. We often forget traditional ways used to prevent and help eliminate digestive upsets for centuries, like drinking goat’s milk. Goat’s milk is high in minerals that neutralize stomach acid, creating alkalinity; it has probiotics and enzymes to aid digestion; and it is far easier to digest than cow’s milk because a goat’s physiology (and therefore milk content) is much closer to humans. 
  2. A bitter way to better digestion. Herbal bitters are used to aid digestive health in various cultures around the world. Bitters stimulate gastric juices, preparing the digestive system for meals and increasing digestion. These drinks combine “cooling” herbs like dandelion and “warming” ones including cardamom that balance the digestive system, according to Ayurvedic medicine. (Available at many grocery and health food stores.) 
  3. Chew. Chew. Chew. Repeat. Walt Whitman said, “Drink your solids and chew your liquids.” This means chew food so that it becomes liquid; and savour drinks, rather than gulping. At each meal, first take deep calming breaths, sit down throughout the meal, and chew each mouthful of food 5 to 7 times. You will enjoy the food more, feel satiated faster, and avoid digestive upsets. 
  4. Get herbal help. Ginger stimulates digestion, helps absorption of nutrients, and absorbs and helps to release gases produced during digestion. Fennel relieves nausea, flatulence, stomach cramps and bloating. And tea made with lemon verbena or peppermint calms digestive issues including cramps and gas. 
  5. Combine food properly. The way we plan meals often goes against our digestive system. For example, dessert and fruit are digested much quicker (in less than 1 hour) than your chicken dinner (5-6 hours) so eating them together throws undigested with digested foods together, disrupting stomach acids and intestinal absorption. Eat sweets and fruit on their own, at least half an hour before a meal or a couple of hours after a meal to avoid bloating and other upsets. 
  6. Be proactive with probiotics. Healthy intestines contain about 80% friendly and 20% unfriendly bacteria — a critical balance for health. Almost any illness or unhealthy condition can endanger the balance of this intestinal ecology. A probiotics supplement containing a high population of human-strain microorganisms that remain intact in the stomach en route to the intestinal tract helps keep bacteria in check.

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