Improve your digestion naturally

by: Dr. David Jockers

Digestive problems are a modern day epidemic in Westernized cultures. Major  disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease,  diarrhea and constipation are all too frequent. The modern day diet and  lifestyle is loaded with toxins and deficient in high quality live foods full of  enzymes and probiotics. Improve your digestive health naturally with an  anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.
The gut houses ten times more  microbial species than the overall amount of cells in the entire body. These  microbial species break down food pieces into small nutrients that absorb into  the bloodstream. They also help to detoxify the body and aid in immunity. The  ratio of progenic (life giving) to pathogenic (disease causing) microbes should  be 85:15. When this ratio gets out of whack it leads to chronic inflammation in  the gut and subsequent digestive problems.
Clean water is absolutely  essential for healthy digestion. Most people are drinking water that is laced  with chlorine, disinfectant byproducts (DBP’s) and other environmental toxins.  Chlorine and DBP’s sterilize the water and when consumed will sterilize the  body. By destroying progenic cultures the body is susceptible to opportunistic  pathogenic species such as Candida. This results in digestive problems and  inflammatory conditions within the body.
The best water to consume is  from a natural spring or through a reverse osmosis filtration system. The  natural spring water is the most bioenergetically alive and often contains some  healthy bacteria. Reverse osmosis filtration works great for anyone in more  metropolitan areas where natural springs are not available. Add fresh squeezed  lemon and/or apple cider vinegar to your water as often as possible to add  anti-oxidants, organic acids and enzymes.
Anti-inflammatory foods reduce  inflammatory activity in the body and help heal the gut. Great anti-inflammatory  foods include coconut products, avocados, olive oil, berries & phytonutrient  rich vegetables. Healthy meat sources such as grass-fed beef, wild game, wild  salmon, organic poultry and organic eggs are great as long as the gut can  tolerate them effectively. Utilizing apple cider vinegar and/or fresh squeezed  lemon can help the body digest heavy proteins.

Fermented foods boost digestive function

Foods that are naturally  fermented help inoculate the gut with healthy microbial species. Homemade  sauerkraut, kombucha, coconut water kefir, and kimchi are great. Fermented dairy  products from grass-fed cows/goats are highly advisable. These include amasai,  fermented whey drinks & raw cheese. Often times a probiotic supplement with  bio-diverse range of cultures and over 50 billion colony forming units is  advisable.
Non-denatured whey protein from grass-fed cows is also very  good for rebuilding the gut. Whey is loaded with L-glutamine and enhances  cellular glutathione stores which are both needed to repair the intestinal wall  and de-inflame the body. Powerful herbs such as turmeric, g garlic, onion,  rosemary, & oregano among others should be used as much as possible to  improve immune coordination.
Carminatives are herbs that stimulate the  digestive system to work better. These herbs contain a high content of volatile  oils that are effective at expelling gas and easing griping pains from the  stomach and intestines. They also tone the mucous surfaces & increase  peristaltic action within the esophagus, stomach. This peristaltic action  propels food and wastes through the system.
The major carminative herbs  include coriander, cinnamon, ginger, juniper, anise, fennel, cloves, caraway,  dill, peppermint, thyme and licorice. These carminatives are often combined with  aloe. Aloe is a cathartic herb that increases intestinal transit time and is  used to alleviate constipation. These herbs help tone down the powerful gripping  effect that aloe often promotes in the gut. This combination helps stimulate  effective and comfortable stools for those with chronic  constipation.- NaturalNews
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About  the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in  Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss,  customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic  care. For more information go to   To find a Maximized Living doctor near you go to   Dr. Jockers is also available for  long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health  goals.


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  1. great post

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