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Instantly Improve Digestion
Nutrition is the process of converting raw materials into living structures, food being one of these many structures is a staple for human existence, survival, and quality of life. Digestion is the first process in the nutritive processing of food. Without proper digestion the other processes are ineffective and food is rendered void and at times, even toxic. Unfortunately digestive disturbances run rapid in our society. Drugs to ease heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, and gas are abundant in their supply and can be found just about anywhere.
The three nutritive processes that are essential to the conversion of food are digestion, absorption, and utilization. If digestion is hindered, weakened, or interrupted, health is greatly affected and difficult, if not impossible to achieve. So what can be done? The answer is not found in a bottle of any kind but includes making some dietary and lifestyle adjustments and you are sure to be on your way to better digestive health.
1. Food Combinations
Different categories of foods require different enzymes for their digestions. These enzymes each function in different environments. When foods are combined haphazardly without taking enzyme functionality into consideration, enzymes stop functioning and foods putrefy and ferment leading to heartburn, gas, and other digestive disturbances. There are many rules when concerning food combining but there are several that cannot be objected or ignored.
First, eat starches and proteins separate. Starches require an alkaline environment and protein requires an acidic environment, causing a complete halt to digestion when eaten in combination. Eat fruit alone. Fruit is the fastest digesting food and when eaten with a food requiring a longer period of digestion, causes fermentation. Fruit mono meals work best especially when concerning melons. Avoid eating sugars, fruits, honey, or jam with starches. Simple sugars digest quickly and ferment while awaiting the digestion of starches.
2. Eat an Apple
Eating an apple isn’t going to improve your digestion but it can help to bring some relief to digest disturbances on those rare occasions.
3. Avoid Vinegars
All vinegars are harmful and detrimental to digestion. The ingestion of vinegar induces a temporary increase of Hydrochloric acid but hinders pepsin, the enzyme responsible for protein digestion, and creates a highly acidic and hostile environment that is not conducive to starch digestion. Over time the continual over stimulation and the exposure to acetic acid (vinegar) leads to irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract.
4. Avoid Oil
Free fats (oils) are liberally added to our foods through dressings and frying. These free fats coat foods, inhibiting and delaying digestion for an additional two to three hours. Free fats also create extra undue stress upon the gallbladder and liver.
5. Eat More Raw Food
Most people think that eating cook food is easier upon the digestion system; this is false in its theory and action. Processed foods of any kind are denatured and void in nutritive value. They weaken the teeth by requiring little chewing, decreasing blood flow. They often accompany pungent seasoning, spices, and additives. They cause premature swallowing without proper salivation of the food matter, robbing the digestive processes of enzymes that inhabit saliva. Processed foods are also void of enzymes and require an overabundance of enzyme production from the pancreas, weakening the gland overtime.
If raw foods cause indigestion or symptoms of uncomfortability, follow the food combining rules, consume more mono meals and clean the bowels if necessary. Many may find the very thing that we were designed to eat difficult to digest, but this is only because of the weakening of the digestive organs and glands, and cannot be remedied by continual abuse. The cause must be removed before healing can begin.
6. Avoid Eating During Emotional Distress
Depression, worry, fear, anger, jealousy, and anxiety are all emotional distresses and consuming foods should be avoiding during these times. Digestion is completely stopped during these emotional episodes. The blood vessels of the digestive organs constrict directing blood to the muscles of the arms and legs, preparing the body for the fight or flight response, and digestion immediately seizes. This is often why many lose their appetite during times of distress. When digestion is interrupted, even the most healthful foods ferment and putrefy poisoning the body.
7. Avoid Drinking With Meals
Drinking with meals is a habit that most partake in; this is primarily because of the pungent spices and processed foods that are void of all fluids. Drinking with meals dilutes the digestive fluids, disturbing the environment and weakening the enzymatic action and digestion.
8. Eliminate Beans
Beans contain both protein and starch, making them not only difficult to digest properly. The two being in opposition in their digestive components and environments needed for proper enzyme function. This causes fermentation that produces gas within the gut.
9. Avoid Spicy Foods
Spicy foods act as irritants and induce inflammation of the digestive tract. They diminish and weaken digestive secretions and overtime can cause a thickening and hardening of the digestive lining. Spicy foods often accompany the bad habit of drinking with meals, further inhibiting and weakening digestions.
10. Eat in Moderation
Overeating seems to be a favorite pastime to many and even a sport to some, but this can have detrimental effects of the body. When an excess amount of food is consumed, it is difficult for the body to digest it all and may greatly delay the process. This is often why many feel full for hours after consuming a large meal.
To acquire health, the cause must first be removed and then healing can ensue. Eliminating habits and behavior that interfere with digestion may not solve all of your digestion issues, especially if those issues are present due to years of abuse; but making these small changes will drastically improve anyone’s health.
Cures are never found in addressing symptoms. Digestive disturbances do not differ in this sense; they too are nothing but symptoms. The cause must be identified and removed. The digestive tract is no different than the rest of the body and has the capability of restoration and regeneration. Health is greatly affected by the functioning’s of this system and should be treated with it’s limitations in mind and with care.