Digestion like most health problems is part attitude,
nutrition and genetics. No amount of positive
thinking will compensate for ingesting harmful
foods or poor eating habits. Likewise no amount
of proper eating and proper foods can offset negative
stress. Years ago I heard or read of an experiment
conducted on a prison inmate who was undergoing
abdominal surgery. While the intestines were exposed
and the patent was sedated someone said, "The
police are here." Immediately the patients
intestines went into contortions. Source unknown.
Our thoughts and reaction to stress has a tremendous
influence to our digestive tract. Digestion is
a common denominator for optimum health whether
by a disease or causing a disease. In both cases
the road back to health must begin by obtaining
"Your gut flora has incredible power over your
immune system, which, of course, is your body's natural
defense system that keeps you healthy. You might not
realize that there are about 100 trillion bacteria
in your gut (that’s more than the number of
cells in your entire body), some of which are good
and some bad (illness-causing). Ideally, your intestinal
tract should be lined with 85 percent good bacteria
and just 15 percent bad, but there are many things
that can allow the bad bacteria to get a larger foothold.
Antibiotics, sugar, stress, chlorinated water and
many other factors can all reduce the amount of probiotics
in your gut, which may predispose you to illness.
Certain studies have proven that probiotics, on the
other hand, may help with the prevention or control
" Basic 1: Chew, Chew,
Chew, Take smaller bites. Put your fork down in between
meals, Try using chopsticks - it forces you to slow
down, Thoroughly chew each bite of food. Carbohydrate
digestion begins in the mouth - chewing grains thoroughly
allows amylase, the digestive enzyme present in saliva,
to digest the grains. Basic 2: Get
Enough Water Insufficient water intake is a primary
cause of constipation. Constipation then causes an imbalance
in bacteria, promotes inflammation of the intestinal
lining, and can even lead to the absorption of larger
molecules, a condition known as intestinal permeability."
"To avoid Poor Digestion : Eat acids and starches
at separate meals. Eat protein foods and carbohydrate
foods (grains, bread, pasta) at separate meals. Eat
but one concentrated protein food at a meal. Eat proteins
and acids at separate meals.
Here are some digesting times
for a few common foods:
|* Fat - 12 hours
* Green Vegetables - 5 hours
* Fruit - 2 hours
* Starch - 5 hours
* Milk - 12 hours
* Protein - 12 hours
* Raw Juices - 15 minutes
* Mild Starch - 5 hours
* Syrup - 2 hours
|Here Are Some Facts About Poor Digestion:
* An inadequate digestive system
will "steal" enzymes from the immune
system to operate therefore weakening immune function.
Poor digestive capability increases the body's
* Poor digestion leaves the body
and the immune system in the same predicament
that poor nutrition does - a lack of nutritional
factors that support immune functioning and the
function of the entire body. This is because a
poor functioning digestive system has lost some
of the ability to turn what's consumed into a
form the body can use.
* We're using up pancreatic enzymes
(digestive enzymes) faster than we used to and
we have a limited amount of them. Processed food
is a contributing factor. There are numerous symptoms
like gas, bloating, belching, muscle pain, skin
disorders, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea, and
* Some areas of potential inadequacy
are low pancreatic enzymes and poor bacterial
balance in the intestines. Too low or too high
hydrochloric acid in the stomach can also be a
|Poor Digestion Can Lead to Disease In The Body
! Here are some of the reasons :
|* Poor digestion leads to fermentation/decomposition
* Poor digestion causes nutritional deficiencies.
* Poor digestion may lead to leaky-gut syndrome/food
* Poor digestion eventually leads to self-toxification
* Poor digestion creates a good environment for
* Poor digestion causes liver/kidney stress &
often leads to skin conditions.
Many have overlooked the main underlying
cause of many or most nutritional disorders- faulty
digestion. Instead of continuously treating the symptoms
of poor digestion (gas, heartburn, nausea, burping,
bloating, upset stomach, acid indigestion, diarrhea),
the logical remedy for actually correcting this problem
is to improve the person's ability to digest and assimilate
the nutrients from their food." (3)
" It has been said, that poor digestion is akin
to poor nutrition, where with poor digestion you might
be getting the proper nutrients into your body, but
your system isn’t able to absorb it. There are
many contributing factors to a poor digestive system,
but it has been found that processed foods can be one
of the biggest factors." (4)
"Yellow dock has been used traditionally as an
"alterative" herb, a herb that has general
tonic effects. Yellow dock specifically helps the digestive
tract, liver, and skin. One of its primary uses is for
skin conditions caused by poor digestion, poor liver
function, or toxic accumulations. Yellow
dock has a mild laxative effect, due to constituents
called anthraquinone glycosides. It stimulates bile
and digestive enzymes." (5)
factors "enzymes" and "stress"
are often listed as either the cause or the result
of poor digestion.
Diet and health.net:
How to Be Fit.com:
"Proper digestion can't occur without the
necessary enzymes. If they aren't present in
foods, they must be synthesized by the body, a process
that requires tremendous metabolic energy and machinery.
When we evaluate the healthfulness of any diet, we must
consider the magnitude of the burden that it will place
on the body through the digestive process. This burden
is what's known as digestive stress. The issue of stress
figures prominently in our current understanding
of health and disease. Stress involves the gradual depletion
of the reserve capacity to respond and adapt to challenges
to the body's systems. The more reserve capacity the body
has, the better able it is to cope with stressors that
it encounters. By the same token, depleted reserve capacity
means that the body is highly vulnerable to the damage
that stress can cause." (6)
"Prescription drugs may interfere
with nutrient absorption, digestion, metabolism, utilization,
or excretion. Similarly, both nutritional status and
diet can affect the action of drugs by altering their
metabolism and function, and various dietary components
can have pharmacology activity under certain circumstances."(7)
Thoughts and attitudes
that affect digestion:
and learn to self test using keniesiology
Preliminary draft of new Digestion Research
1. Eat plenty of fiber daily, including whole grains,
fruits, and vegetables.
2. Drink water equal to half your body weight in ounces
daily (for example, if 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces)
3. Get plenty of exercise, at least 20 minutes three
4. Chew your foods thoroughly and eat slowly.
5. Magnesium 1,200 mg of magnesium per day.
6. Fo Ti Root
9. Cod Liver Oil
11. Meadowsweet supports efficient digestion balance
stomach acids and digestive secretions. for treating
inflammatory bowel conditions
12. Slippery elm bark is particularly beneficial in
cases of inflammation such as with colitis, inflammatory
bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, or diverticulosis.
Used in tea, lozenges, and capsules. digestive tract
health. rich in various trace minerals soothing mucilage
(gel-like substance). This mucilage coats the intestinal
lining and soothes inflammation and discomfort.
13. Burdock is a detoxifying herb that helps support
digestive health by relieving gas, bloating, and promoting
healthy bowel function.
14. Agrimony digestive tonic, normal bowel function,
firming stools (in the case of diarrhea), and toning
the digestive tract.
15. Chamomile best herbs for digestion and calming
of the nervous system. It is a pleasant tasting tea
and is also used in many herbal digestion supplements.
16. Turmeric root (Curcuma longa) antioxidant activity,
more powerful than vitamin C and vitamin E.
17. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
18. Peppermint (Mentha ×piperita) light doses
19. Lemon balm
20. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita,
21. Fennel seed Rich in aromatic essential oils, indigestion,
flatulence and colic. relieve gas and intestinal cramps.
22. Yellow dock root contains anthraquinone glycosides,
which stimulate bile production and act as mild laxatives.
The herb is used to improve overall digestion and
23. Gentian root stimulates the secretion of digestive
juices, and enhances gall bladder function. due to
the compounds gentiopicroside and amarogentin.
24. dandelion root, remedy for liver and spleen disorders,
dandelion contains compounds called sesquiterpene
lactones that stimulate appetite, improve digestion,
and act as mild laxative agents.
25. gentian root
26. Alfalfa leaves and seeds
28. parsley help the urinary system by acting as a
mild diuretic to help with water retention and bladder
problems. Source of phytoestrogens. When combined
with turmeric, parsley greatly aids digestion. Lastly,
parsley contains over three times as much vitamin
C as oranges and double the calcium of broccoli. aid
to enhance digestion and relieve gas. a diuretic,
which helps when dealing with water retention.
29. Burdock root detoxify the liver, kidneys and gallbladder,
burdock is a staple herb in diuretic and laxative
formulas. The root contains phenolic acids, quercetin
and luteolin, all powerful antioxidants.
30. Lemon peel digestive aid. It can be used for abdominal
bloating, nausea and poor appetite.
31. Basil, most commonly used in leaf form, promote
proper digestion and reduce gas. a mild antimicrobial
32. Black Pepper used as a detoxifier and anti-aging
herb. helps with digestion and relieves gas.
33. ginger (Zingiber officinale) 1 teaspoon of the
chopped herb brewed as tea, three times a day. may
help regulate blood sugar, gingerols, shaogals and
essential oils, this spicy root enhances digestion,
relieves nausea, and is a first-rate remedy for motion
34. Aloe Vera Digestion
Aloe vera and digestion go hand in hand. When taken
internally, the fibrous gel has been well known to
benefit digestion. It is very effective in treating
conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid
reflux, and stomach ulcers.
35. Aloe vera works to cleanse the colon and detoxify
the blood. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory
and anti-bacterial properties and its ability to balance
stomach acids and improve the absorption of nutrients.
36. Bitter herbs (an ounce or so of a bitter herbal
beverage) before the first bite of a meal, to stimulate
digestive secretions and keep food passing through
rapidly. Bitter herbs reduce gas, bloating, symptoms
of food allergies and indigestion.
a. Aegle Marmelos
b. bitter aperitif
c. barberry root
e. Gentian root stimulates the secretion of digestive
juices, and enhances gall bladder function. due to
the compounds gentiopicroside and amarogentin.
g. Swedish bitters tincture of aloe, myrhh, saffron,
senna leaves, camphor, Angelica root, rhubarb root,
37. Mucilages are herbs that create a healing slime
that coats and soothes the gut wall and keeps the
stool moist and slippery enough to exit smoothly.
a. marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis),
b. slippery elm bark (Ulmus rubra)
c. mullein leaf (Verbascum spp.).
38. Cinnamon Light doses 1 teaspoon of the chopped
herb brewed as tea, three times a day.
39. Acid ?
b. Live cultured yogurt
41. Fiber absorbs moisture, increasing stool size,
giving the muscles in the intestinal walls something
to grab onto, and making the stool softer.
a. pectin from fruit,
c. chia seed
d. oat bran.
e. fruits, vegetables and dried legumes
f. Psyllium seed (Plantago spp.)
42. Carminative herbs warm up the digestive tract,
speed up and increase the thoroughness of digestion,
and reduce gas.
b. cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
c. dill (Anethum graveolens)
d. cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
e. cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
f. balm (Melissa officinalis)
43. Items that are helped by proper digestion
c. Brain, function, depression, memory
a. Heavy metals & boost Metallothionien
45. Triphala, an Ayurvedic combination of the fruits
amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki, is the classic herbal
remedy for long-term digestive benefit. It tones the
intestinal walls, detoxifies the system and promotes
evacuation. Triphala has a high tannin content, so
in low doses, it treats diarrhea (1 gram per day).
In higher doses, it treats constipation in a slow,
gentle way, toning the walls of the gut while it works.
Triphala is suitable for children and is ideal for
older folks who need just a little help with regularity.
For maintenance, take 2 grams per day. As a short-term
laxative, use 6 grams. An easy bowel movement comes
in about eight hours.
.future research to do: Note these items have not
yet been completely verified with sientific reports.
|items that inhibit digestion
- High Calorie, high fat foods act like heroin
and causes dopimin to drop?
- Soda drinks especiall with caffeine
|items that help digestion
- Vit 6, 12, A, E, C,
- Folic Acid
- Teas, Chamomile, Licorice, Slippery Elm,
Marshmallow, (Marshmallow can cause problem
with absorming meds)