Digestive health is something overlooked. When you have a hard time digesting certain foods you may experience bloating, gas, or irregular bowel movements. Your body is telling you something. You need to heal your gut. In order to figure out what is causing the issue and heal, I would recommend:
- Eliminate processed foods and refined sugar from your diet. These foods not only cause blockage and build up in your liver, but they also are extremely harmful to your entire body. Many of these processed foods have harmful chemical additives in them. These foods aren’t easily broken down and provide no nutritional value. They don’t help your body eliminate waste, and can potentially be a cause of gaining weight.
- Elimination diet- Eliminate soy, dairy, gluten, and eggs from your diet for a week and slowly add these foods back into your diet. Add one food each day back into your diet. Write down and observe how your body reacts. Maybe you are intolerant to one of these foods, and that could be causing bloating and stomach pains or other side effects. Being allergic is different than being intolerant to certain foods. “A food allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to specific foods. Certain people are sensitive to this allergen and have a reaction when exposed to it. Some allergic reactions are mild and harmless, but others are severe and potentially lif- threatening (anaphylaxis). No allergic reaction takes place with a food intolerance. People with a food intolerance may get digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating and stomach cramps. These are quite common symptoms anyway. For example, other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can also cause these symptoms.”
- Food combining. Improper food combining is one of the primary factors that cause gas, flatulence, heartburn, and upset stomach. “The two foremost rules of food combining are: 1) No proteins and starches at the same meal, and 2) No fruits and vegetables at the same meal.” Food combination takes into account the digestion of each food group, it ensure i.e. goes through your entire digestive system properly and isn’t strained by mixing other food groups that require to be broken down differently. For example, melons should be eating separately when following a food combination diet, because they digest rapidly and cause any other food present to ferment. The charts below list the best food combinations.
- Take a high quality probiotic. Probiotics allow good bacteria to live in your gut and help get rid of the bad bacteria that may be causing bloating and other uncomfortable side effects. When purchasing probiotics, always make sure they are being sold from a refrigerator, and store them in a refrigerator at home. This is important because you want all the precious bacteria to stay alive and intact. It’s important to also buy a good quality brand. I love Premier Research Labs products and only use this brand to supplement my diet. Their products are unprocessed, unpasteurized, vegetarian, and gluten-free and the nutrients are left in their purest form. I really like their Flora 12+ probiotic. Probiotics help with regular bowl movements and help get rid of bloating and gas, because food is broken down more efficiently. Have you ever been in a social situation where you’re so uncomfortable and focused on how much your stomach hurts? It isn’t normal, or fun to deal with on a regular basis, and its something that can be healed and fixed!
- Take a digestive enzyme before every meal. This supplement helps your body process food, and doesn’t allow for any protein that might be hard to break down, get stuck in your small intestine. When food is not broken down properly and gets stuck in the small intestine, this can cause leaky gut syndrome, a condition associated with a damaged or altered bowl lining. Digestive enzymes allow for nutrients that might normally be hard for your body to break down, to be broken down more efficiently.
- Cleanse liver- Use a coffee enema to cleanse the liver and intestines. When your liver has fat build-up, or antibiotic residue, its not able to break down and process nutrients properly. When your liver is fatty it’s like a clogged sift, unable to separate nutrients. This causes you to gain weight more easily. Your liver needs to detoxify and be clean so that it can function properly. A coffee enema is better than a colonoscopy, because you aren’t forcing your body to eliminate waste, but allowing it to happen naturally with natural substances (coffee, water, high and high quality salt). The caffeine stimulates the liver and gall bladder to discharge bile. It’s the coffee that dilates the bile ducts, and kicks the detoxifying process into high gear. Its not the most comfortable experience but its well worth it. Here’s some more information of what you will need and how to do this at home. You will also notice your skin, especially on your forehead, if you have breakouts there, will clear up. Your forehead is where you breakout when your digestive system isn’t functioning correctly. I also recommend drinking dandelion root tea, because this detoxifies the liver and drinking liquid is more quickly absorbed in your body than taking a supplement.
I can tell you first hand, that after I detoxified my liver and incorporated probiotics and digestive enzymes into my diet, I no longer suffered from bloating or uncomfortable stomach pains, my skin was clearer, and I also broke down foods more easily. Your body is your temple. Take care of it and treat it well, because you should feel radiant and amazing every day!