You are what we eat is a profound expression that has crossed generations and cultures. But now is not what we eat anymore but rather how efficiently we digest and absorb our food.
Are you suffering from poor digestion? Even if we are eating the best possible nutrient-dense food, we still may not be absorbing (absorb) the nutrients our body needs for excellent health.
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer, cardiovascular disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Furthermore gluten intolerance, psoriasis, bad breath, acid reflux, heartburn, acne, constipation and diarrhoea. Moreover yeast overgrowth, fatigue, depression, food allergies and mood swings they all may have their roots in poor digestion of food.
Poor digestion is also caused by a low level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach that can lead (advance) to constipation and encourage the overgrowth of yeast and pathogenic bacteria in the digestive system. Hydrochloric acid breaks down proteins in the stomach and also acts as an important barrier to microorganisms, such as bacteria.
So, how do we encourage the production of healthy stomach acid?
Taking a one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with water before each meal can make the stomach a little more acidic. Drinking ginger tea, fresh vegetable juices, especially celery and cabbage juices will improve your digestion and support healthy stomach acid production. And, if you are getting a lot of burping and gas, taking Swedish bitters a little bit before you eat can also stimulate digestion.
Digestion is a complicated process. This process is significantly aided by digestive enzymes which exist naturally in raw and living foods.
When we eat food that comes into our system in live raw form, we preserve our own internal enzyme stores, aiding our digestive processes, breaking down and absorbing nutrients. Enzymes are little sparks a power of life that carry out biological processes in the body such as digestion, detoxification, nerve impulses and body repair.
Enzymes are active when not exposed to heat above 118 F as heating food destroys the enzymes in our food. If we eat lifeless food and take no additional enzymes, our pancreas has to do all the work and our entire metabolic enzyme system is depleted. When we eat cooked food, our body requires more energy for digestion, which can leave us tired the next morning.
Many people suffer from intestinal flora imbalances. Friendly intestinal bacteria in the gut help keep our gut in control and further prevent bad bacteria from overgrowth. In addition, friendly bacteria can be eliminated by taking antibiotics, corticosteroid, birth control pills, and poor diet. So, it is essential to take a good quality probiotics to attain a healthy balance of bacteria in our gut. Probiotics are especially helpful when traveling or when eating in the restaurants. I actually take them every day as they also build the immune system.
Digestive enzymes are plant based supplements that help with breakdown, absorption, and utilization of nutrients. If you suffer from bloating and constipation than probably your enzyme production maybe low. Especially, digestive enzymes should be taken with meals to achieve maximum digestion and nutrient absorption.
Especially, become conscious of the nutritional value of the food you are eating. Also, connect with it, smell it, have a relationship with it. Furthermore, incorporate super bio-energetic foods one at the time, such as raw or sprouted nuts, seeds, grains, grasses, fruits, vegetables, legumes, sea vegetables, and herbs. Because, these foods are sources of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, protein, fiber, Essential Fatty Acids that detoxify and cleanse the body. Therefore, life-force food allows you to feel lighter, balanced, clear minded, peaceful and in touch.
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