Best Practice for Digestion
There are many folks out there suffering from digestive issues. Modern abundance in the U.S has made the understanding of food and its right selection a lot more vital. Our problem is no longer scarcity, but lack of wisdom.
I write this article because I was once a victim of chronic digestive problems. During my years of ignorance I was convinced that I was gluten intolerant and could not eat red meat. Of course neither of these were true. The problem lied in my poor understanding of food and biofeedback. It took years of observation and experimentation for me to arrive at the state of dietary satisfaction I find myself today. My aim is to help you achieve this state of digestive happiness.
Chronic digestive inflammation is not just painful, it drains life force. Solving this issue will not only cease the painful gut sensations and bloating, but increase your standard of living. You will have more energy for work or enjoy pleasures.
When vital force is no longer being drained by digestive inflammation, energy frees up to elevate other areas in your body. This freed energy can flow in many new directions. The body can use it to repair formerly unaddressed issues. The energy can flow to your mind and increase your intellectual powers. Or the new energy can simply increase your physical vitality, making you more strong and virile. So you see, treating digestive issues yield benefits in every dimension.
My research has landed me to seven practices that eradicate digestive inflammation and allow for smooth digestion. These practices are simple, but it takes discipline to form them into habits. Learn these steps and integrate them into your life.
No strict regiment
Regiments are not necessarily bad, they are useful tools for a given moment and objective. However when dogmatically followed, regiment can be dangerous because they lean too heavily on certain food groups while excluding others entirely. Eating too much fruits and vegetables overtaxes the stomach and pancreas. While too much meat and fatty food overworks the liver. To keep a balanced body, you need a diverse set of foods.
Moreover, regiments are unpractical in the long term because the dietary needs of the body changes. A diet that works for a certain period may stopped working six months later. Instead of being dogmatic and ignore the biofeedback of your body (and yes, craving for certain foods is a biofeedback), one should learn to be flexible and adapt to the changing needs of their body. Rather than obsessing over diet, I recommend presence. Listen to your body.
Chew very well
When eating, take your time. Chew your food into a liquid pulp. This is a well known fact that is extremely overlooked. When food is not chewed properly, it enters the stomach in large chunks. Since these chunks are of bigger size, the stomach acid only covers their surface rather than submerging the parcels. The food, not being abled to be digested, sits and decompose in the stomach. This decomposition ferments the gas that creates bloating.
Further more, the stomach cannot digest carbohydrates, only the saliva in your mouth can. Not chewing long enough do not allow the saliva to do its work, which is to chemically convert the complex carbs into simple sugars that your stomach can digest. Many stomach issues are a result of not chewing long enough. Therefore chew your meal, slowly enjoy it, reduce it into a pulp. This allows the saliva to do its magical work and increases the surface area the gastric juice can reach, thus greatly aiding digestion. Also, to prevent heartburns, I recommend drinking as little liquid as possible with your meals.
Much of indigestion is a result of insufficient stomach acid. Herbs and spices stimulate your stomach to produce more acid. More stomach acid means more digestive power. More digestive power means a larger capacity to breakdown food without inflammation. No inflammation means a happy stomach :)
Never eat till you're full
One should never fill themselves at full capacity. When overeating, you overwhelm the stomach by giving it more food than it can handle. The stomach has a limit on how much acid it can produce within a given time. When the stomach cannot produce enough acid for the given amount of food, digestion is hindered. With this comes all the symptoms of indigestion, bloating from the gas of decomposing food that went undigested, stomach pain from inflammation, etc.
No large breakfast
Breakfast is not necessarily a morning meal. Any meal taken after a period of fasting is breakfast, as the name rightly implies break-fast. How you break a fast is of high importance. During periods of not eating, the stomach is not producing digestive acid. Thus after periods of fasting such as sleeping for example, acid in the stomach is minimal thus the capacity for digestion reduced. If you break your fast with a heavy meal, you are seriously harming your stomach by forcing it to react to a sudden surge it presently cannot handle. Like in all cases of indigestion, inflammation and bloating will result. Break-fast should be light, so to not overwhelm your system but stimulate it for a larger meal in the future. See break-fast as nothing more than a stomach warm up.
Get plenty Sunlight
Concrete experience has led me to realize the extreme importance of sunlight for digestion. When the sun rays hits your skin and optic nerves via the eyes, powerful chemicals that are vital for digestion are released to your stomach. Without these solar dependent chemical triggers, digestion remain partial at best. The result is nutritional deficiencies and constipation.
The truth that sun is required for digestion is evident in horticulture. Plants cannot digest minerals from the soil without sunlight. No matter how rich the soil, without sun rays, the plant cannot digest and will therefore starve. This digestive phenomenon is not just true for plants but also for the animal kingdom. We humans depend on the sun for digestion. Many people suffering from digestive issues are simply not getting enough sunlight. It's not a new dietary regimen they need, but more sun.
Walking is an important component for digestion. A walk after eating greatly improves digestion by circulating blood in your stomach. When you eat before going to sleep however, you are not giving the body the walking movement it needs for healthy digestion. You also open yourself to sleep disturbances due to a busy stomach. Unless you plan on doing a long walk before sleeping, I recommend you keep dinner light or skipping it altogether.
If I were to sum up the habits for good digestion it would be as follow: 1) Don't follow any dogmatic regiment. 2) Your first meal after a period of fasting (breakfast) should be very light. 3) Chew your food very slowly. 4) Eat a diverse set of food. 5) Get plenty of sunlight. 6) Never eat till you're full. 7) Use seasoning to stimulate gastric juices. 8) Keep dinners light or skip them altogether.
I hope you have found this article helpful. May it aid you in your journey towards health, wealth, and success. I am a sincere believer that health and vigor is the best form of wealth there is in life. I recommend checking out the different forms of wealth if you have time for one more read. Also, don't forget to comment and subscribe.