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Digestion

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Summary: 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 optimum digestion.

Dr. Mercola: "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 of:" (1)

About.com: " 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."  (2)

Digestional.biz: "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 toxic load.

* 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 heartburn.

* 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 factor.

Poor Digestion Can Lead to Disease In The Body ! Here are some of the reasons :
* Poor digestion leads to fermentation/decomposition (rotting food).
* Poor digestion causes nutritional deficiencies.
* Poor digestion may lead to leaky-gut syndrome/food allergies.
* Poor digestion eventually leads to self-toxification /colon problems.
* Poor digestion creates a good environment for parasites/yeast infections.
* 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)

World Village.com: " 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)

About.com: "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)

Two prominent factors "enzymes" and "stress" are often listed as either the cause or the result of poor digestion.

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)

Diet and health.net: "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:

Try EFT and learn to self test using keniesiology

(1) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2007/12/25/finally-probiotics-becoming-more-popular.aspx
(2) http://altmedicine.about.com/od/optimumhealthessentials/a/Tips_Digestion.htm
(3) http://digestinol.biz/
(4) http://blog.worldvillage.com/health/_poor_digestion.html
(5) http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/YellowDock.htm
(6) http://www.howtobefit.com/stress-of-poor-digestion.htm
(7) http://www.diet-and-health.net/Diseases/PoorDigestion.html
   
   
   

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 times weekly.
4. Chew your foods thoroughly and eat slowly.
5. Magnesium 1,200 mg of magnesium per day.
6. Fo Ti Root
7. D-3
8. Enzymes
9. Cod Liver Oil
10. Spinich
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 recommended
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 liver function.
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
27. Anise
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 sickness.
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
d. dandelion
e. Gentian root stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, and enhances gall bladder function. due to the compounds gentiopicroside and amarogentin.
f. artichoke
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 ?
40. Bacteria
a. Probiotics
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,
b. flaxseed,
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.
a. Fennel
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
a. Thyroid
b. Diabetes
c. Brain, function, depression, memory
d. DHEA
44. Stop
a. Heavy metals & boost Metallothionien
i. Selenium
b. Aluminum
c. Parasites
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.

Sources
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/12/21/herbs-to-improve-digestion/
http://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/digestive-herbs-zm0z12amzdeb.aspx
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/herbal-remedies-for-digestive-problems.htm
http://voices.yahoo.com/common-herbs-aid-digestion-promote-good-health-237102.html?cat=5
http://www.womentowomen.com/digestionandgihealth/herbalremediesfordigestivesystem.aspx
http://www.herbal-treatment-remedies.com/herbs-for-digestion.html

.future research to do: Note these items have not yet been completely verified with sientific reports.

items that inhibit digestion
  • Tylonol
  • Aspirin
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Bacon
  • Cheesecake
  • High Calorie, high fat foods act like heroin and causes dopimin to drop?
  • Soda drinks especiall with caffeine
items that help digestion
  • Magnesium
  • Meletonin
  • L-Triptophane
  • Vit 6, 12, A, E, C,
  • Carotine
  • Lutein
  • Folic Acid
  • Teas, Chamomile, Licorice, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow, (Marshmallow can cause problem with absorming meds)

 

 

 

 
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