Natural Solutions For A Healthier Digestive System
The digestive track is a complex system which combines biological and chemical reactions; it plays an important role in your overall health. When your digestive track is out of balance, your body does not absorb the nutrients efficiently which may result in nutritional deficiencies.
Your digestive track is the home of the largest part of your body’s immune system, protecting you against foreign invaders by producing acids and housing beneficial bacteria that act as a defensive army fighting to protect you from harmful pathogens that may enter your body.
Some of the symptoms of an imbalanced digestive track are listed below:
• Loss of Appetite
• Weight Loss
I would like to review the digestive problems associated with low stomach acid.
As we age, our stomach acid decreases, most of the common digestive problems such as heartburn and indigestion are caused from lack of stomach acid rather than the over production of stomach acid. This condition can be corrected by supplementing betaine hydrochloride and digestive enzymes. Intestinal flora (also called probiotics) can be added. Apple cider vinegar can also be helpful in promoting good digestion. One teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in one cup of juice or water can be very helpful in solving some common digestive problems.
An appropriate balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates and fats is also very important for the balance of the digestive track. Hydrochloride acid activates enzymes for the digestions of proteins. When you are on a low-fat, low-protein diet, and the carbohydrates you eat go through the stomach so quickly that the acid is not fully utilized. It remains active in the stomach which will result in heartburn or acid reflux. It is very important to add a vegetable or meat protein to every snack or meal that you eat. Also eating a diet that includes an abundance of raw foods will aid in supplying the vital enzymes needed for proper digestion.
Digestion begins in the mouth by chewing your food well (at least 20 chews per bite). The majority of your digestive enzymes are actually originated in your mouth not in your stomach. Therefore, chewing your food allows the food to be broken down more quickly and will result in better digestion.
Our GI track has its own ecosystem! There are tiny organisms, mostly bacteria, who live in our GI track, they help us digest food, aid nutrient absorption, produce certain key vitamins, prevent disease and much more.
Below I have listed various reasons why your flora becomes imbalanced:
• Prescription drugs
• Junk food or drink
• Poor diet
• Too much sugar
• Too many refined foods
You can begin today to balance your intestinal flora by doing the following:
• Eating healthy balanced meals.
• Supplementing probiotics
• Avoid processed sugar
• Eat raw foods
• Avoid alcohol
• Eat fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt
Good bacteria feast on fiber, they thrive on a generous supply of vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grain foods, and they also like garlic, green tea and aloe vera.
I am enthusiastic about the use of the aloe vera plant and its digestive properties. This medicinal herb has a great effect on the digestive system, the polysaccharides in the aloe vera plant has curative effects on many digestive disorders. Add aloe vera to your diet on a regular basis and your heartburn symptoms will vanish in a few days. You should also adjust your diet to eliminate fried and processed foods.
Aloe vera heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive track. It will end constipation and alkalize the body helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
Remember, your digestive system is an extremely complex system that protects you from many of the harmful invaders that live in our environment. It is important that we become aware of this dynamic system today, so we can start healing and achieve a healthier digestive track.
Hollaye Vladimiroff is a Nutritional Coach and her mission is nutrition. For more information go to .