How to Improve Digestion by Jhan .....
Simple easy steps to help ease digestion and absorption
Date: 6/4/2005 11:37:56 AM ( 16 y ago)
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THE TRICK THAT WORKED BEST FOR ME (i never took enzymes) was a bit of lemon juice with a dash of salt 15 minutes before meals (this natural salty lemonade works like HCL and forces bile out of your liver)!
THE GOLDEN RULE TO REMEMBER is Chew and Chew and swallow only when it's all liquid.
These are tips for people who cannot handle a lot of
raw veggies, have chronic gas, bloating, flatulence,
constipation or even diarrhea or alternating. It helps
brain fog, fatigue, bloating, abdominal pain,
indigestion, acid reflux, etc. If you constantly have
jagged cracks in your tongue, or lots of toxins
coating it each morning, or candida, you need to know
To increase the power of digestion, here are some
excellent things to do and options. Whatever sounds
good to you, give it a try. If something seems strange
or not good for you, check the list again in two
weeks. If it still seems wrong for you, chances are
your intuition is right on.
Only eat as much food as you can hold in both hands in
a single meal. This is very important. Never drink
cold water with meals, stop drinking fluids 30 minutes
before meals and up to 1 hour after. If you must
drink, drink herbal tea or plain warm water. The
stomach digests best with 1/3 air, 1/3 food, 1/3
gastric juices. Watering down your stomach dilutes the
enzymes and acids that digest food. If food gets into
the colon partially digested, bacteria goes to work to
break it down. This causes gas, microbial imbalances,
and over time, mucoid placque.
Try to have at least 4 hours in between meals. Eat
regular meals at regular times. Avoid snacking as much
as possible. DRink warm tea in between meals, spicy
herbal tea - not black - is best.
Try to eat a diet that is 40% veggies, 30% grains and
legumes, nuts and seeds, 20% protein from fish and
poultry, 10% fruit.
Digestive enzymes are an excellent option, including
pancreatic enzymes and HCL betain. If you don't want
to take HCL, then take lemon juice with some salt. It
amounts to the same thing. Just add salt to a glass of
lemon water or lemonade and enjoy!
Avoid greasy foods. Eat plain foods and add your own
olive oil. Don't be afraid to eat olive oil, it won't
make you fat! and will help maintain balance.
Avoid deepfried and other very dead foods (refined)
with none of their own live enzymes.
Supplemnt with a super-green food such as Perfect Food
and probiotics such as Primal Defense.
Try to use proper food combining techniques. For
instance, eat fruit alone as a fruit meal, never with
dairy except the occasional cottage cheese or yoghurt.
Eat grains alone or with milk substitutes like almond
milk or rice milk. Don't combine meats with potatoes -
major no-no. Eat your steak with a salad, no bread
Try eating just a little bit of something pickled and
spicy before your main meal, such as Kim Chee (pickled
cabbage), or ginger (like what they give with sushi).
Consider eating lots of veggie stews and soups with
onion, lentils, garbanzo beans and spices rather than
the usual protein surrounded by starch and bread
meals. That way the water is reserved with all the
goodness of the veggies, and you can add cumin, ginger
and paprika and cayenne pepper to make them tastier
and better digested.
OR you can steam them easily by putting the cut up
veggie in a med pot with a tight lid, 1/4 cup water
and 1 tbls olive oil. Put on high heat for 4 minutes
then check for crisp-tender. Spice and eat.
Try to eat only 3-4 types of veggies in a single meal,
or less. Consider putting them through a blender. Most
of your veggies should be cooked, as you need a strong
digestive system to move to raw diet, but the
occasional veggie juice is okay. (weak spleen =
persistent colds = chapped/peeling lips) Broccoli,
cabbage and brussel sprouts are often gas-producing.
Only eat beans and lentils if they have been soaked
before cooking, or at least slow cooked, and are eaten
with carminative spices and not with sugar (baked
beans have sugar with them, that's why they're the
Try to eat more spinach, kale, beets, carrots. They
have healing action on the entire digestive system.
P.S. TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR DOSHA do a Google search and type ayurvedic dosha questionaire
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