What about INDIGESTION? Does it happen to everybody? Do we even know what it means? Maybe it is something most of us experience, yet view as a normal part of life. Does it sound normal to you? INDIGESTION?
I would wager to say that it is NOT normal. It is not something to be experienced on a night out with the guys or date night with the girls. What does indigestion really mean? Well, it means what it sounds like. Your digestion is not properly digesting, assimilating, and eliminating your food. We can run into trouble at every step, but it really is all the same. Where your system is weakest is where the chain will tend to break down. So what is going on here? Why do we “in-digest” and how can we fix it the natural way?
CAUSES: We need to look at the causes of indigestion first. Most of these aren’t too hard to guess on, but some are a little harder to avoid than others. FOOD is obviously the primary culprit here. Simple put? WE EAT THINGS WE WEREN’T DESIGNED TO EAT! So that puts us at a disadvantage already. What are the worst offenders? As usual; gluten, pasteurized dairy, processed foods, sugars, most quick-prep grains, overcooked food, “instant-food,” etc. Surprisingly, high-fiber vegetables and fruit can be offensive as well. Eating large amounts of high-cellulose salads, raw veggies, and unripe fruit can cause problems for people as well. Add on to this the sheer BULK of food we eat at one time. We often eat gigantic portions of food. Usually we eat them in horrible combinations as well. Do we really think a burger, fruit salad, french fries with cheese, and a large coke is a good thing? You can add stress to the list of causes as well. Eating while anxious, stressed, in a hurry, or emotional can all cause indigestion. So what can we realistically do about all of this? There are a few simple remedies that will keep indigestion at bay and keep you free from OTC medications.
DIET: As usual, the diet is the biggest factor for most of us. Cut out the offensive foods. Eat smaller portions more frequently. If roughage veggies and fruits bother you; don’t eat too much of them. Juicers and blenders are great here as well. Try to follow good food combining. This is a post in itself (maybe tomorrow), but there are some easy things to remember. Eat fruit alone on an empty stomach. Fruit digests quick and will ferment and produce gas if it is eaten after a major meal. Don’t mix heavy starches and proteins together at the same meal. Unfortunately this cuts out most people’s favorites. Mashed potatoes and steak. Burgers and fries. Pizza. The list goes on. Those are the biggies.
STRESS: Figure out where your stress is coming from and try to eliminate it. Don’t watch upsetting news or stimulating movies while eating. Don’t argue with your spouse or children. Try to create relaxed mealtimes. Having family time and blessing your food is a great habit to get into. If possible, don’t rush yourself. How are you supposed to digest anything well when you are already somewhere else in your mind? Plan ahead, cook in bulk, etc. Do what you need to do to be able to have relaxed, pleasant mealtimes.
CLEANSE: For most of us; some form of cleansing will be necessary to completely fix the problem. Why is the diet not good enough? Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. How clean are you willing to go? The problem is that most of us have YEARS of bad habits behind us. Think of adding up all the cereals, the cheese, the bread and pasta, the pizza, etc. You get the idea. So you end up with a big job on your hands. Cleansing can speed up the process for most of us. Simple things like herbs can really help.
So there you have it. INDIGESTION. As usual, eliminating the causes is the most important step. The body will always heal itself when given the opportunity =)