Digestion Tips

Did you know that everything wrong with our body starts in the gut? It’s true. The digestive system starts at the mouth and ends at the other end. Good Digestion is often taken for granted until.... the symptoms start to mount up and the discomfort becomes unbearable or worse like IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

It could go something like this:

Indigestion 2 to 3 hours after meals
Bloating discomfort after eating
Full, tired feeling, especially after eating meat
Excessive gas, belching, or burping after meals
Burning sensation in stomach, heartburn
Heavy, tired feeling after eating
Constipation
Stools poorly formed, pale, greasy, floating
Undigested food particles in stools
Ridges on fingernails, slow growing nails

Then it is often misdiagnosed as too much stomach acid and you are prescribed an antacid. But the fact is if you are experiencing these symptoms the cause is most likely LOW Stomach acid.

What does TOO MUCH stomach acid look like?

Stomach pain 5 or 6 hours after eating usually at night
Stomach pain relieved by eating or by drinking milk
Stomach pain aggravated by worry or tension

If we are not digesting our food properly, we then do not absorb the nutrients from our food.

Greasy foul-smelling stools
Chronic diarrhea
Undigested food in stools
Mucous in stools
Foul-smelling intestinal gas

This is called malabsorption.

After years of faulty digestion, the liver has to do some extra work to pick up the slack. This takes away from the liver’s vital processes of clearing out toxins.
Symptoms start to mount up like those listed below:

Skin oily on nose and forehead
Dark circles or bags under eyes
Fats/greasy foods cause nausea, headaches
Stool appears yellow, clay coloured, foul odoured
Pale, greasy stools that float
Foul smelling bowel gas
Bad breath/bad taste in mouth, excess body odour
Pain on inside of right shoulder blade
Consistent gas and bloating from most foods and especially from onions, cabbage, radishes, and cucumbers.

The lack of digestive enzymes in the gut will lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. We have billions of good and bad bacteria present in the body at any given time. If our digestion is not working optimally, we are guaranteed to have an overgrowth of yeast and parasites that can lessen our quality of life.

Again, symptoms can look like this:

Indigestion, bloating after meals
Intestinal gas, especially after sugary foods
Diarrhea or constipation
Urinary tract infections
Yeast infections, candida
Cold sores, canker sores

The following is a summary of guidelines that help to create the optimum conditions for digestion. By following these steps, you will be allowing your own processes of digestion, absorption, elimination and intestinal immunity to work as efficiently as possible.

Timing
Eat only when genuinely hungry
Have the largest meal in the middle of the day
Spend at least 30 minutes eating each meal
Allow no more than 3.5 hours between main meals
Have 3 main meals and 2 snacks each day
Consume nothing after 9:00pm

Setting the Mood

Do not eat when angry, anxious, upset, bored or overtired
Eat with congenial company in pleasant conversation or eat alone in contemplative silence or with pleasant music
Avoid reading, watching TV or arguing while eating

Awareness

Eat slowly, chewing food thoroughly
Take time to enjoy the taste, texture, and aromas of the food
Swallow only when each mouthful has turned to paste
Eat only enough to feel good. Never stuff yourself

Food Selection

Drink two litres of purified water daily
Be sure to consume 30-35 grams of fibre each day
Avoid processed foods, refined sugars and flours
Consume alcohol and caffeine sparingly, if at all
Suspect allergy/intolerance to any food to which one has addictive cravings or to any that produces excess mucus, or gastrointestinal stress of any kind.
Observe your body’s reactions to lactose, gluten and wheat
Do not drink liquids during meals, as they can dilute stomach acids. Drink at the end of the meal only.

If you are still having problems after trying these suggestions, it is time to book an appointment.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.