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5 Nutrition Tips That Can Help With Digestion Problems

Everyone needs it in order to live. But what happens when food become a detriment to your body rather than a source of nourishment? Nobody wants to feel gassy, bloated, or in pain after eating a meal, and yet these are the types of digestion problems that millions of people suffer as part of their mealtime ritual. Food items that should be producing energy and providing physical sustenance, in other words, are actually hurting them. But the question is… why?

For some, allergies are to blame for digestive issues. For others, it’s the growing number of chemical toxins in the food supply. For still others (perhaps most people) it’s a generalized gut imbalance. This imbalance can stem from not having enough digestive juices − including vital enzymes − to effectively break down food so the body can effectively use it.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that as many as 70 million people in the U.S. suffer from some type of digestion problems. Nearly 50 million ambulance calls are made every year for folks who suffer severe digestive episodes, while more than 21 million hospitalizations take place for the same reason. And, quite soberingly, nearly a quarter of a million people living in the U.S. die every year because of digestive disease.

These are worst-case scenario digestive problems, mind you. Millions more people suffer from everyday stomach aches, indigestion, acid reflux, and gastrointestinal upset after they eat − and perhaps you’re one of them. Such symptoms might be common in today’s society, but they’re certainly not normal. So what can you do to overcome them and actually enjoy eating a meal rather than dread it?

Here are 5 tips that can help prevent and/or alleviate many common digestion problems:

#1: Take Probiotics

Take Probiotics to aid with digestion problemsYour digestive tract isn’t just a set of mechanical tubes through which food enters and travels through the body. It’s a vibrant ecosystem made up of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics that functions as a living organism to support the body. It does this by taking the foods you eat and breaking them down into smaller molecules, which are passed through the wall of the digestive tract into the bloodstream for use throughout the body.

This diverse probiotic environment within the gut also functions as a powerful immune defense against pathogenic invaders and toxins. The billions upon billions of beneficial bacterial strains that live within the gut serve as a well-trained army to let the good in while keeping out the bad. These bacterial strains also function as the bulk of the body’s natural immune system. If fact it can be up to 80 percent of the immune system, which is why it’s critical to keep them in check.

Besides eating probiotic foods like yogurt and kefir, taking a probiotic supplement can help keep the body’s “second brain” fruitful and multiplying. Maintaining a healthy probiotic environment will help ensure that the gut is adequately and optimally processing the foods you eat, while also protecting you against digestive disease.

#2: Drink Plenty of Water

Another important part of maintaining optimal gut health is to drink plenty of clean (filtered) water − at least a gallon per day, especially if you work out or lift weight. Hydration is essential for keeping the intestinal tract smooth, flexible, and clean. Without water, food can become hardened and impacted, leading to constipation and buildup. It then starts to rot from the inside, creating a toxic environment that both damages gut bacteria and progressively destroys the other digestive co-factors that process nutrients from food while discarding of waste.

In his book Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life, author Carl Zimmer explains how hydration is essential for maintaining healthy gut flora. Dehydration can also cause immune cells in the gut to go awry. This can lead to a situation where the immune system is no longer able to differentiate between the good and the bad that enters it − not a good thing for your health. When hydrating, be sure to drink purified or spring water that is free of fluoride, chlorine, and other pollutants commonly found in municipal water supplies.

#3: Learn How to Manage Stress

Learn How to Manage Stress for better digestionBelieve it or not, stress is also a major contributor to gastrointestinal upset. Since the gut and brain are intimately connected on a neurological level, what you think about − and more importantly, what you worry about − often gets transferred to areas inside your midsection. Your gut then responds by releasing various secretions to offset it, including those involved in the “fight or flight” response that over time can take a huge toll on the health of your body.

Then, there’s the “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” scenario. Stress is known to cause damage to the gut in the same way that a damaged gut is known to produce more stress. In many cases simply due to the way that compromised digestion harms brain chemistry. The solution here it to learn how to better mitigate daily stressors, which may include adjusting your work-life balance and making more time for family and friends.

If you don’t effectively take care of the stress in your life, your body will progressively lose its ability to absorb nutrients, oxygenate the gut and blood, ward off disease, manufacture enzymes, and perform vital repairs and maintenance. In other words, your body and its systems will deteriorate as a result of having to try to overcome the abuse it’s being exposed to.

#4: Supplement with Digestive Enzymes

Similar to probiotics, the digestive enzymes that your body naturally produces are designed to break down the foods you eat into substances that your body can use for maintenance and repair. Your body also relies upon food enzymes that exist naturally in raw and fermented foods. Unfortunately, these are foods that many people do not consume nearly enough of to maintain a healthy digestive flow, often leading to digestion problems.

Full-spectrum digestive and proteolytic enzyme supplements can help bridge the gap here and give your body that extra boost it needs to take full advantage of the nutrition you put into it. This still requires eating healthy and following the other advice outlined in this article, but it’s also an important piece of the digestive puzzle that you simply can’t overlook when trying to correct or avoid digestive disease.

#5: Eat More “Living” Foods

Eat More "Living’" Foods that contain ezymesWhere many of these recommendations converge is diet, which when it’s properly aligned can tie in probiotics, enzymes, and hydration into one single package. “Living” foods are foods that haven’t been processed, cooked, or pasteurized. In many ways these types foods represent an all-in-one solution to the problem of digestive problems and disease.

Raw foods grown without chemicals or irradiation in healthy soil are the healthiest kinds of foods you can feed your body. Raw foods that have been fermented, cultured, and/or sprouted using traditional preservation methods can be even better. This is because they contain enhanced levels of probiotic bacteria and enzymes, both of which unlock the full nutritive potential of food and make it optimally bioavailable for the body. Just remember to chew your food thoroughly to make it suitable for reception into your digestive tract.

Some examples of living foods that can help with digestion include:

  • Chia, hemp, and flaxseeds
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Probiotic foods like kombucha, kimchi, and kefir
  • Raw milk, and especially that of a goat, sheep, or camel
  • Fresh juices from things like wheatgrass, celery, and green apples
  • Therapeutic herbs like dandelion leaf and cilantro, both of which stimulate enzyme production

 

OrganiZymes from Organixx is a cutting-edge supplement designed to improve digestion and reduce the enzyme load on the pancreas. It provides 17 digestive enzymes in a base of sprouted and fermented superfoods, along with humic and fulvic acid for faster and more complete absorption of vitamins and minerals.

 

 

Sources:

  1. Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States
  2. Probiotics Benefits, Foods and Supplements
  3. Importance of Water for Healthy Gut Bacteria
  4. How Stress Wreaks Havoc on Your Gut—And What to Do About It
  5. The Importance of Digestive Enzymes to Gut Health
  6. 5 Tips for Keeping Your Digestive System Healthy

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  1. All the points are in support of nature and excellent for mankind, but can we find the mind and the will to adhere and eat to live. I will like to live correctly healthy and happy , but….

    • Diagnosed with colon cancer 3 weeks after I retired from nearly 40 active years as a psychologist, approx. 1 year Ago. I was a former long distance runner/ ate very well and possessed a good attitude. Everything chanded with colon cancer!
      Qualified medical doctors etc were of no use other than cancer medication ,fortunately my acupuncturist wife took me to Mexico for ‘dendritic cell therapy-blood transfusions which have nearly completely corrected blood imbalances and my health has returned .
      I am also a strong advocate of mindfulness meditation/ prayer and exercise.
      Constant reading/ fighting battles with despair/ depression and bodily breakdowns nearly did me in but now it’s different. Read the lives of others— Michael J Fox is a great advocate for all of this and endless spiritual writers soothe the savage beasts within all of us. Talk to others/walk/ exercise and keep company with at least one strong advocate for physical health.
      Frank Varela, Ph.D

  2. I have several issues with my GI system. Gastritis diverticulosis
    bowel incontinence halitosis gas hard soft stools. Please help

    • Take papaya from Mexico,I have been taking like a smoothie in the morning and I am doing pretty good?

  3. I eat natto every morning over rice with onion, garlic, tumeric root, with a touch of soy sauce an saracha and astragalus . does that help?

    • EXCELLENT!!!

      All of the information that I’ve read about gastrointestinal health suggests that each of the foods that you’ve incorporated into your breakfast encourage not only gut health but also circulatory and immunological well being…

      BRAVO!

      KEEP IT UP AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO FOLLOW YOUR LEAD!!

      End,

      Clifford
      Sta. Monica

  4. I have recently been diagnosed with Diverticulitis, and I am having quite a lot of tummy pain. The doctor has not given me anything for this, do you have any recommendations. Thank you

  5. Hi Ty
    I am so very thankful for all the information. I am however starting to get confused on what to do first, do I have to do everything? This is very expensive. So I’m starting slow. My family has a history of pancreatic cancer. I had precancerous polyps removed from my cecum. So where should I start?

  6. Excellent Advice. Most individuals need to heal their gut and allow the immune system to do its job. Good health depends on a healthy gut. I would add CHEWING your food properly until it is fluid and well prepared for the stomach would be another important recommendation.

  7. Why can’t you print this info so you have it to refer back to? The pages don’t come out good. No it’s not my printer, other things come out ok.

    • Hi Patricia,
      Have you tried copying and pasting the text from the articles into a word document?

  8. I purchased bone meal from your company … and for some reason received more than one … I want to return the other one but I wonder if there is a way the mailing cost can be covered? … I also would like to order more items but not until I return this successfully… I have essential oils here as well from your company and will eventually order more of just one of the oils …

  9. What about IP6™? My husband and I both take to help overcome having to go, we understand it contains magnesium ( an essential mineral ) and calcium ( twice as much which many get to much of in our diet ( see: “The
    Magnesium Miracle“ by Carolyn Dean MD.).

    There is an online book about the good views of IP6™. Some suggest IP6™
    takes care of some cancers and kidney stones. That it helps remove minerals
    our bodies don’t need! Like alunimun. Your website dosen`t mention IP6™?

    Understand that some firm could make Ip6™ from a nut source instead of rice. We first learned of IP6™ from some cancer patients. They mentioned
    it could help with our need to use the washroom so much.

  10. This is the third time I have tried to order from you and have not been able to complete an order. Can you explain why this keeps happening?

  11. So seriously, has anyone here ever had camel milk? Is there even a source for it in any metropolitan area? I’m a vegan, so I really don’t want to know, but just curious as I thought that was an odd inclusion…

    • I had camel milk and camel milk ice cream in Israel in the Negev. It was rich, creamy and delicious. If I could have a camel where I live I would milk it daily and enjoy! Unfortunately I haven not seen many camels inpeople’s back yards here.

  12. A gallon per day might be a bit much for some people. And the often quoted formula to drink 1/2 your body weight in oz. does not take into account that we all have different requirements. But this guide is pretty reliable: If your urine is clear, you’re well-hydrated. If your urine is really yellow (and you can’t attribute that to supplements like Vit. B, or medications), then you’re likely under-hydrated.

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