Happiness for me is largely a matter of digestion. ~Lin Yutang
If you struggle with digestive concerns such as IBS, reflux, ulcers or inflammatory bowel disease, you know how important it is to take care of your digestion. Even mild gas and bloating can be frustrating and a sign that digestion is out of balance.
Thanks to everyone who came out for my digestion talk in the summer. I hope it was very empowering for everyone.
If you missed it, here’s the overview on my approach to strengthen digestive health and address the underlying causes of digestion concerns:
Identifying pathogens is important such as parasites, pathogenic bacteria and viruses, Candida, H. pylori that can all disrupt optimal digestive health.
Digestive fluids are essential for breakdown of food including digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile. If these fluids are not functioning effectively, we need to support the body’s functioning to bring them back to balance.
We have a symbiotic relationship with billions of bacteria in our body, which support our digestive and immune functions. Strengthening these healthy bacteria through fermented foods, probiotics and prebiotics can hugely improve our digestion.
The digestive system mucosa is very sensitive to damage from poor food choices, medications, stress, trauma and more. Healing the system is essential. Certain foods and nutrients can be very supportive including aloe vera, l-glutamine (found in cabbage) and omega-3 fatty acids (from deep sea fish, flax, etc).
When we take care of our digestion, it is very responsive to healing. This is an individualized journey for everyone but can include:
· Chewing food well / Mindful eating
· Whole Food Diet
· Avoiding food sensitivities and intolerances
· Stress Reduction - our digestion is very sensitive to our emotional wellbeing and will tell us a lot about ourselves when we listen to it.
· Castor Oil Packs (click here for more info)
· Water intake
· Herbal Medicine & Nutritional Supplementation – determining your body’s individual requirements for digestive healing
Digestion is foundational for our health and wellbeing. I hope this info is inspiring and empowering for you.