While healthy foods provide the foundation for optimal health, even the healthiest foods are of little use if they are not properly digested. As we age, normal digestion slows down, inhibiting our ability to process vital nutrients for use throughout the body. Scarily insufficient stomach acid is more common nowadays than we realize, and even more frightening, children are being born with low acid. Many of the health complaints that plague us—from impaired immunity to digestive distress and nutritional deficiencies—can be traced to a key underlying factor: poor digestive health.
Digestive health can be impaired by:
- Not taking 5! So many of us eat on the run, while driving, on our feet at work, or in front of the TV at night. Instead we need to sit on the floor of our office cross legged and answer no phones or emails, sit around a dinner table and chat to friends, or under a tree and eat if you’re alone. Your digestion needs you to be relaxed in order to work; if you’re stressed it will switch off for later. And that means gas, bloating, fullness and discomfort, which is not what food is for!
- The many consequences when HCL production is not adequate.
- a decline in the digestive enzymes needed to extract essential nutrients from the foods we eat. Without these crucial enzymes, food passes through without use. The result is poor nutritional status, which can contribute to numerous disease processes.
- by an imbalance between beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which can contribute to symptoms of gas and bloating as well as poor utilization of nutrients.
Digestive health can be improved by:
- Lemon juice: is one of the only foods on the planet that has an atomic structure similar to that of digestive juices.
- ACV: which stimulates saliva and pancreatic enzyme release ahead of time for digestion, as well as chief cell activation like HCL natural action in the stomach. Also unlike any other supplement, HCL production rejuvenates itself so any encouragement is a step in the right direction
- ACV: Short-chain fatty acids are particular kinds of acids. A familiar one is acetate, the basic component of vinegar. Acetate is particularly important in the digestive tract because it helps dampen the immune system. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory. Indeed, some immune cells carry receptors that bind to any acetate molecules they encounter. The binding sends messages to the immune system. It’s a win-win situation
- Beets for healthy fat digestion