10 Steps to Better Digestion

Do you ever feel like your food is just sitting in your stomach for hours after you eat? Or is the opposite happening, and you are running to the bathroom before you have even finished your meal?

You are not alone, but there are things you can do improve the situation. Here are ten steps to get things moving properly through your gut:

  • Food Combining – When foods are combined properly, they do not sit in your stomach and rot. That rotting food feeds the bad bacteria and yeast that everyone has residing in their digestive tract. To combine food, you eat protein with vegetables or grains with vegetables, never proteins & grains together. Also, fruits should be eaten alone on an empty stomach.
  • Fermented Foods – These are naturally fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, etc., that, when eaten, will feed the good bacteria in your gut and balance your inner ecology. 
  • Enzymes and Probiotics – I suggest that everyone take digestive enzymes and probiotics to help with the digestion of their food and build up their immunity.
  • Water – We all know we need to drink plenty of water. A little known Ayurvedic trick is to drink a glass of water 15 minutes before your meal. This will get your digestive juices flowing and your food will get digested better.
  • 80/20 Rule – Eat until you are 80% full. That leaves 20% of the room left in your stomach for your digestion to work. Avoid that uncomfortable full feeling. Your tummy will thank you if you stop just before you are full.
  • Eat Loads of Fiber – Your body needs fiber to carry out toxins, excess hormones, and junk. Eating lots of water-soluble fiber, found in veggies, will ensure that you get plenty of fiber. Just don’t forget step #4! Drink lots of water, too, so that you don’t end up with bulky stool.
  • Short Fasting Period – Don’t worry, I am not suggesting that you don’t eat for a day. What I am suggesting is that you take some time between meals. Give your system about 3 hours to let the food assimilate. When your gut is constantly bombarded by food all day long, it gets confused and doesn’t work properly. Give it some time to work on that last meal before you head to the kitchen for a snack.
  • Cut Sugar and White Carbohydrates – These foods will feed the bad guys in your gut. Avoid them for less gas and bloating.  You’ll also avoid the insulin spike they cause.
  • Gluten – A large percentage of Americans are gluten intolerant and do not know it. Try going without and see if your digestion works better.
  • Bone Broth – The #1 most soothing and healing drink that you could ever ingest. Homemade bone broth contains all of the nutrients you need to heal a leaky gut and also provides the minerals you need for strong bones. It’s a win-win, must-consume food!

Incorporating as many of these steps as possible into your routine will improve digestion, ease tummy troubles, and improve your health overall.  As Hippocrates claimed, “All disease begins in the gut.” More and more research in this area is proving him right.

Now I’d love to hear from you.  What’s helped ease your digestive woes?

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