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10 Tips for Good Digestion – The Foundation of Good Health

by Paul Fassa
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(The Best Years in Life) These tips are not meant to merely reduce tummy aches and acid indigestion. Why do you think chronic diseases are rising? It's not from insufficient pharmaceuticals or germs. It's because of bad digestion with crappy diets.

The gut, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, is the basis for good health or the creator of chronic disease. This has been a healthcare staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and even more so with Ayurveda, India's ancient medicine. In order to make it easier for Big Pharma to garner obscene profits, modern medicine has strayed far from this premise.

We have to take responsibility for nurturing our own digestion, or as the ancient Asian practices assert, ignite and maintain our our digestive fire. Protein foods need to be broken down into amino acids, fats need to be broken down into fatty acids, and carbohydrates need to be broken down into glucose.

Digestion involves the whole GI tract, from mouth to anus. It's not just the stomach that handles it all. The digestion train begins in the mouth, then the stomach takes over churning the food with gastric acids.

The small intestines handle nutrient absorption into the blood stream with enzymes from the pancreas, and the large intestine contains most of those friendly gut bacteria that aid digestion and support the immune system throughout the body.

(1) Take antibiotics only if there is no choice. Otherwise, avoid them. Antibiotics destroy friendly gut bacteria in the small intestines that are vital not only for digestion, but also help monitor and organize immune system killer cells.

So if you're in a compromised situation and forced into taking antibiotics, try colloidal silver or grapefruit seed extract instead. Still, make sure you take a strong probiotic an hour or two after each dose to restore the good guys.

Even better, use high dose ascorbic acid vitamin C, especially liposomal vitamin C supplements that deliver into cells as well as IV mega-dose C therapies without pushing bowel intolerance. Then you won't need to compensate with probiotics. Whatever you do, don't get hooked into long term antibiotic use.


(2) Don't drink cold liquids while eating or just before or afterward. This literally dampens or cools your digestive fire according to TCM and Ayurveda.

(3) Chew slowly. Enzymes are vital to for digestion. They are catalysts for chemically converting foods to nutrients without becoming parts of the nutrients themselves. And besides grinding up the food to make your stomach's job easier, the saliva that's created contains enzymes.

(4) Realize the importance of having sufficient stomach acid. Some recommend a tablespoon or two of organic unfiltered apple cider in some water just before meals. There are also hydrochloric acid (HCL) supplements. Betaine HCL is the least expensive and most commonly available.

(5) Protect your pancreas by taking in enzymes. If you rely totally on your pancreas to provide the enzymes in the GI tract's small intestinal phase, the pancreas can burn out then you're really in trouble. Preserving your pancreas helps keep proteolytic enzyme or protease production up.

Those are the only self generated enzymes that can break open cancer cells, which exist randomly in everyone, before they colonize and clump together as tumors. They are needed for breaking down complete meat proteins as well. Most meat eating cultures eat considerably less meat than Americans. One doesn't need to become a vegetarian to eat less red meat.

The meat you do eat should be grass fed from real farms, not factory farms that use GMO feed and antibiotics to “beef up” their livestock and protect them from terribly crowded conditions.

Raw fruits and vegetables do contain enzymes that perish from heat. It's not necessary to be a totally raw vegan, but ensure you mix in some uncooked fruits, vegetables, and salads every day. Juicing is a good way to do that. Adding enzyme supplements is also helpful for preserving your pancreas.

(6) Ensure your large intestine has a large probiotic population. Probiotic bacteria should outnumber pathogenic bacteria and fungi with an 80 – 85 percent to 20 – 15 percent ratio. Besides taking probiotic supplements while using antibiotics, it's wise to include fermented foods and kefirs, especially if home made, in our daily diets.

(7) Finally, to ensure proper elimination, fiber foods and sufficient hydration are necessary. Whole grains and legumes, especially purchased dry and soaked overnight before cooking, should be consumed often. Forget the eight glasses of water daily rule. Drink whatever is necessary to prevent mild dehydration.

(8) Eating and stressing don't mix. Eating on the run or while driving in crazy traffic or at your work station while going through anxious moments can lead to poor digestion and chronic inflammation. Arguments during dinner are digestive destructing atmospheres to mix stress with your food. Perhaps this is why expressing gratitude with grace before meals was invoked.

(9) Stop indulging in SAD (standard American diet), which involve highly processed foods that use harmful oils, sugar galore – including high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and highly processed carbohydrates that turn into sugars too fast for use. Ignore low fat and no fat choices. Whole fats are better for you, honest. Consume fresh and organic whole foods as much as possible. 

(10) Choose the diet that's right for you. There are a few diet types out there, and everyone likes to champion and promote what works for them. But what's right for you takes trial and error or an expert third party evaluation of your body/mind type. There are some blood and body type tests available online for determining what's right for you, but Ayurveda has been doing this for over a millennium.

See also:

A Simple 30-Day Plan to Detox and Nourish Your Body and Restore Healthy Gut Flora

Natural Options for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Study finds that anxiety may originate in your gut, not in your head



About the author:

Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.

He is amazed at the ignorance of natural medicine and how beneficial foods and herbs are constantly ignored or vilified in order to promote toxic foods and meds by Big Pharma, the FDA, USDA, and the AMA, what he likes to call the "Medical Mafia".

His blog is
- "Healthmaven: Escape from the Medical Mafia Matrix." His Natural News articles can be reviewed here:


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