Tips for Healthy Digestion

 

The following points are to help you improve your digestion, naturally. It is important to

understand that as you age, your digestive strength tends to diminish, especially if you have

engaged in unhealthy lifestyle habits for a considerable amount of time. If you experience

excess belching or gas, acid reflux or poor elimination, then this paper is meant for you.

 

For many of you, applying just a few of these tips will be enough to improve your digestion,

while for others all of these recommendations will need to be utilized. Remember that

healthy digestion is one of the most important components in your overall healthcare

approach.

 

•             Avoid large amounts of beverages with your meals. This tends to dilute the gastric

juices which weaken your ability to digest food. If you need to drink some liquid, pure

water is best. Consuming a glass of water 30 minutes before you eat helps prevent

thirst during mealtimes.

•             Make sure you chew your food well. Chewing your food thoroughly before you swallow

takes the burden off of your stomach and intestines from having to break down the

food so intensively. You were meant to chew your food, not breathe it in! Many

digestive imbalances have completely been resolved when the time has been given

to chew properly.

•             The volume of food should be proportional to the time you have to eat the food. In

other words, don’t try to wolf down a large meal if you only have 10 minutes to eat.

Make the time necessary to sit down and enjoy your meal if it is substantial, or else

purposely cut back on your food and eat it later.

•             If taking digestive enzymes, take them before you eat — this will help them work

better for you.

•             For the more sensitive stomachs, you will find that certain combinations of food are

more troublesome than others. The most common of these are when large amounts

of protein are eaten together with large amounts of starch. Reduce one or the other

significantly if you eat them together. For instance, if you are eating a steak and a

baked potato, then it would be best to eat just about ¼ of the potato with the steak,

or just 2-3 oz. of the steak with the full potato. This applies to all protein and starch

combinations.

•             Ditch the dessert! Or at least eat only a small portion. Sugar has a marked ability to

disturb many of your body’s functions, and digestion certainly is one of them.

•             Try to consume some raw vegetables with your meal. Sometimes the enzymes

naturally present in the vegetables assist your body in the digestion of your other

food. A raw, green salad with some carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers are a tasty

complement to any meal.

•             Make sure to avoid any foods that produce allergic reactions. Your practitioner can

help to identify these for you. Common ones are wheat, dairy, peanuts and sugar.

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