How to Improve Your Digestion For Overall Health
I have become a little obsessed with digestion and its overall impacts on health! Since improving my own digestion I saw huge changes in my skin, nails, hair, happiness and much more. The gut-skin and gut-brain axis is REAL. If you have any gut issues, digestive problems or any bad bacteria taking over the good guys, you can guarantee you’re going to experience some nasty symptoms.
How do I know if my gut is unhealthy?
You will experience some of the following:
Bloating after meals
Pain after certain foods
Undigested food in poop
Malabsorption issues (Low in minerals & vitamins despite eating healthy)
The list goes on and on. And somtimes you may have no ‘digestive’ symptoms, but have skin erruptions or other problems manifest as a direct result. For example “Hashimotos” Or hyperthyroidsm is highly related to poor gut health.
So how do I improve my digestive health?
Without taking a full analysis of your health it would be impossible to pin point exactly how to improve your digestion. However, there are things we can all do to improve our gut health and i’m about to list them below
Take digestive enzymes with your meals - these help to break down the food you eat and absorb them properly into the nutrients our body craves.
Take HCL (Hydrochloric Acid) tablets. Without sufficient stomach acid we cannot break down proteins into amino acids. Without amino acids our body struggles to maintain the health of our hormones. Protein is also crucial for the health of our skin nails and hair. It supports the immune system in so many ways. Over time, due to poor diet or chronic stress, our stomach acid is reduced and so we arent able to break down proteins properly. Taking a supplement like HCL can be highly effective to ensure your getting those essential amino acids and fighting off bad bacteria.
Drink a raw vegetable juice everyday on an empty stomach - include vegetables such as celery (great for natural HCL production) and ginger and tumeric (very anti-inflammatory) and really helps to aid with digestion.
Chew your god damn food properly! - Scoffing food into our mouths without even thinking about what we are eating doesn’t help our digestive system one bit! Our body is very good at communicating, so when we chew, our brain sends signals to the stomach to prepare for digestion, when we don’t chew or chew very little, we don’t allow our stomach to prepare in time, making it a difficult job for the stomach and the intestines to work without warning.
Drink lemon water or apple cider vinegar diluted in water before you eat - This is another way of preparing our bodies to digest our food properly. The enzymes found in both of these wonderful things helps to aid our digestive tract and creates a natural acid environment for our food.
Don’t eat late at night! - Try and eat your last meal 3 hours MINIMUM before you sleep. Your body needs this time when you’re sleeping to heal, to replenish and to strenghten your immune system. If your body is too busy digesting food, it will neglect the other organs in the body and we will wake up feeling “groggy” and feel anything but refreshed.
Avoid processed foods & high sugar foods - In general, our body does not like processed food, it cannot access the nutrients from it and doesn’t recognize it to be a whole food in the body. It causes inflammation - which then distracts our body away from digestion and more toward our immune system and blood sugar to regulate the horrible foods that have been put into the body. Eating whole, properly prepared foods helps the digestive system to properly absorb nutrients without stressing out the adrenal hormones or the immune system.
So there you have it. Of course, there are some serious digestive problems that may need a HARSHER approach - like a course of herbal antimicrobials or antifungals depending on whats going on in there! If you suspect you have a bacterial overgrowth, candida or parasites in your body, seek help from a natural medicine specialist or a nutritional therapist to treat the problem with a customized and specialized treatment protocol.
I hope this was helpful to anyone out there feeling in the dark about their health right now. I always start with digestion - a lot of problems manifest from a slugglish digestive system, and then lead to more serious issues.
Love as always,