General Digestive Helps
Incorporate daily movement, like isometric, lymphatic T-Tapp, that can help to lifestyle to aid in digestion, assimilation, and elimination.
First thing in the morning – 8-32oz. water with lemon juice or whole lemon blended (including peel) and addition of peppermint herb or peppermint oil, if you like. Experiment with and without peppermint and note if there is a difference in symptoms. Peppermint can cause loosening of GI valves in some people, possibly over time.
Eating a good amount of protein (about 30g) within an hour of waking helps with blood sugar balance. Chia seeds soaked in water to make a thick “pudding” is one source, and it has other good nutritional benefits. Adding a good coconut oil or coconut blend helps to convert Omega 3’s.
Taking bitters or chewing a bitter green 15-20 minutes before each meal until juicy and remaining in the mouth helps to stimulate digestive enzymes, such as hydrochloric acid (HCl). There are also good, full-spectrum digstive enzymes that can be taken with meals (away from any stomach acid supplements). See this HELPFUL RESOURCE on Digestive Enzymes. Also, see (below) precautionary notes on taking bitters and other stomach acid aids with h.pylori infections.
Apple cider vinegar (with the mother) 15 minutes before a meal can also be helpful for digestion and nutritent absorption.
There is an activated charcoal transit time test that can be done to help determine how long your digestive system takes to process various foods. Take about 1/2 tsp (or the content of 5 capsules) of activated charcoal and see how long it takes to reach the other end. Record the time and if it all passes at the same time. Also, you can try this with high protein meals and other meals to see the differences in transit time. Normal transit time should be 18-24 hours.
If stomach acid is deficient, this supplement can be taken with a complex protein meal (meat or something of substance that you would normally eat for protein w/other foods) can be helpful. You would see how your symptoms are after the meal. If you feel any burning (like heartburn), stop taking. If you think it is helping your symptoms post-meal, then one additional capsule at a protein meal the next day could be added (total of 2). Notice differences, but stop if burning and cut back down to 1. Repeat with up to 3 pills, for an initial trial, and always bump down 1 pill when burning occurs. If there are any concerns for stomach ulcers, do NOT do this protocol. This would not be considered a first step to continue with, if there was concern of an h.pylori infection, either. But, a short initial test could give a baseline, at least.
If you are in need of digestive system healing (like Leaky Gut repair) or if you are sensitive to a lot of foods (FODMAPS, allergies, etc) and need to give your GI tract a rest from offending foods for a while during your healing, or if you have problems digesting and assimilating nutrients, you can use pre-digested (pill form) protein Perfect Amino here (also available here) or in powdered form here to get the needed building blocks for tissue regeneration and a whole host of other functions that require efficient protein synthesis. If you lack stomach acid or digestive enzymes, this could also be a very helpful product for you.
Practicing relaxation techniques before and during meals (breathing, gratitude, etc) and chewing foods very thoroughly aids digestion and allows the body to go into the parasympathetic state required for digestion to occur properly.
Taking this clean and potent Bifido Probiotic Blend is highly recommended and safe for most people (be sure to check CFUs to compare prices with other products–this one is more cost-effective in the end). Consider tailoring probiotics to your needs, once there was a clearer picture of what’s existing in the gut. (See at-home microbiome test kits here.) A good balance of a wide variety of bacteria is the key to good health and digestion. Overgrowth of even good bacteria can be detrimental. Once you know that your gut is in better condition, I’ve also liked this multi-strain probiotic for rotational variance. Remember variety and microbiome diversity is ultimately the key!
Be sure to listen to the very enlightening interview with me and Donna Gates regarding digestion and the lymphatic system… and a whole lot more! Plus, view some related special offers, including at-home test kits.
Read more about Donna Gates and Body Ecology Living here.
Listen to me being interviewed by the Digestive/Gut Specialist and Whisperer, Steph Jackson, as we talk about the effects of movement on the gut and how proper posture and movement help to aid and heal digestion and improve overall health.
(Also hear Steph being interviewed about Gut Myths below, and scroll down for my testimonial about her courses!)
Steph Jackson is known as “The Gut Whisperer” due to her expertise on all things digestive.
She not only “healed” herself but has helped many to recover digestive function and their lives!
Listen to this Myth-Busting Interview with Gut Expert, Steph Jackson, below.
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Steph Jackson (from above) also offers a wonderful and healing Core Reset Program for determining digestive issues and helping you to heal those to bring greater overall health. I have taken her courses, and I can’t see enough good about them! I have implemented her strategies and brought greater healing to my family members who were struggling in big ways with health concerns. Please do check it out!
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