7 tips to help with digestion.
Today’s purely talk is a continuation of last week’s ramble.
7 tips to help with digestion
Tip 1 – Pay attention to yin (cool and damp) and yang (heat and dry) foods. In Chinese medicine they believe you might need more cooling foods or need more warming foods.
Tip 2 – Fasting. This does NOT mean dieting or calorie restriction, but more about giving your digestion a break. Try skipping one meal and have 2 larger meals, or do a juice fast for one day or one meal. Again don’t starve yourself. There is a time and place for fasting for those with digestive problems. It’s just something to consider.
This is something we have been playing around with off and on for a long time. As mentioned in the video, we do notice the days we do not have breakfast we do have a good bowel movement.
It makes sense that if your body spends all day digesting the foods you are eating, it will not have the energy to HEAL whatever needs attention.
Tip 3 – Change up meal times and how much you eat at each meal. Try eating light until dinner. Or eat a big breakfast and smaller lunch and dinner.
This changes daily for us. Most of the time it’s unplanned, just depends if we have food prepped and ready to go. From our research and talking with others, we have noticed some people have stronger digestive fires at different times.
Tip 4 – Try supplements if you are not seeing improvements. Talk to your doctor about digestive enzymes, HCL, digestive bitters and probiotics. If you can tolerate apple cider vinegar it can help with digestion too. Take 1 tbsp of it with some water before meals.
Tip 5 – BE HAPPY!! Keep emotions in check around meal times. We have mentioned this many times but you have to be happy when you eat. Your emotions play a big role if your food will sit right in your stomach.
No stress. Breathe in with good and out with the bad. Picture Lloyd and Harry.
Tip 6 – Eat more healthy fats. We all need healthy fats, but the amount will be different from person to person. We are big fans of people eating more good quality fats! If you do not see improvements by increasing fats then play around with carbs paying attention to fiber. We have discussed our fiber experiment here. First fiber update here. And second fiber experiment update.
Tip 7 – Add sea salt to your diet! This has been something we have been doing more of this year and love it. We do feel it has helped us in the bathroom department. Our bodies need sea salt, especially when you are eating a real foods diet. We love Mountain Rose Herbs sea salts. Salt is most important for electrolytes and for proper thyroid and adrenal hormone health!
Bonus tip – If you have a broken metabolism, it could be the reason your digestion does not work.
digestion 7 tips (click here for a printable of tips)
Check out this article that explains more of the relationship between metabolism and digestion. Something to look into if you have a history of any eating disorders or dieting. This is another great one to read.
Make friends with your digestive health
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