The secrets of great digestion
Digestive complaints are quite varied, ranging from excess acid or flatulence through to more serious conditions like IBS and Chrones disease. While the more serious conditions will need treatment by a doctor, it is worth looking at what can be done nutritionally to give you the best chance of having a healthy digestive system and avoiding more serious conditions.
From a healthy eating viewpoint there are several causes for poorly functioning digestive system. These are listed here and some possible diet/supplement remedies:
1. A deficiency in digestive enzymes.
Digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates (carbohydrases) , proteases (which help break down proteins), and lipases (which help break down fats) . If your body is unable to break these nutrients down properly your body does not get the benefit from them,. All three can be converted to body fat if the body cannot properly digest them and they can cause heartburn and indigestion. There are over 21 different digestive enzymes in the body, the body has a limited ability to make them but mostly they come from food.
Cooking and food processing kill enzymes so your diet needs to have a proportion of fresh raw food in it for you to have enough of these enzymes, If you are eating a lot of cooked and processed food and don’t like to eat raw food AND you are suffering from regular indigestion and heartburn etc then you for sure need to take action to change your diet.
All raw fruit and vegetables are good but apples, pears, kiwi fruit, cucumber and tomatoes are good examples of foods you can eat raw to replenish your digestive enzymes. Spirulina and seaweed like Seagreens are also good and have the additional benefit of being full of essential nutrients and trace elements.
If you have been on a poor diet for a long time you might also want to take a good digestive enzyme supplement such as G&G Digestive Complex, available on my website.
2. Probiotics. There are trillions of these microscopic organisms in the body, they are much smaller than your cells and outnumber them 10 to one. There are many benefits from probiotics but they also have an important role in breaking down complex sugars (polysaccharides ), gluten (the sometimes hard to digest protein in flour) and other proteins that can cause intolerances and digestive problems if they are not dealt with properly. The three most important probiotic friendly bacteria are Acidophilus, Bifidus and Bulgaricum. To build up your friendly bacteria you need to provide the right environment and this is done by consumming soluble fibres like inulin and oligofructose that are contained in raw fruit and vegetables. The friendly bacteria ferment and digest these as food in the system and therefore become strong and reproduce. One of the best sources of inulin, strangely enough, is gum arabic. It is relatively cheap to buy and a teaspoon in water is an excellent prebiotic, as is Hawaiian Spirulina, but lots of raw fruit and vegetables in your diet will do the trick also. The problem is that very modern problems with our foods kills the friendly baceria. Antibiotics are the worst culprit, now I am not advising against taking antibiotics of course as they are essential for fighting disease. The problem is they don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria and kill them all. Digestive problems often follow prolonged antibiotic treatment so it is a good idea for such people to adjust their diet and take a good probiotic supplement like Natren Probiotics.
So there you have it, I hope you find these tips useful, follow the links in this blog if you wish to purchase any of the supplements I mention in this blog.