Top 10 Ways To Help Your Digestion
You don’t have to walk around feeling poorly. Read these top 10 ways to help your digestion, implement them, and you will feel better so quickly!
Your digestion can and should be perfect. It really can. It was meant to be that way…
Most people walk around feeling poorly a lot of the time. We become so used to our stomachs acting up that we accept it as part of a normal life. I’m here to tell you that this is just not true. Having poor digestion does NOT have to be a part of your life.
Digestion is my baby. By that I mean that this issue is near and dear to my heart. It’s what started me on my wellness journey many years ago. When I was in my 20’s, I literally had to know where every bathroom was every place I went. If I ate the wrong things, I would be doubled over in pain. Again, I mean this literally; no exaggeration…
Then I learned. I was taught by masters. I studied. I did research. I became educated. I got degrees… and I could live again! It’s my passion to share this knowledge with you because if you know what foods to eat and what foods to stay away from, you can heal your digestive system.
If you add in the correct supplements and herbs, your digestive system will be totally within your control.
Your digestive system is the key to your general health. When we heal your digestion, we heal you inside and out.
Below, I’ve listed my top 10 ways to help your digestion. And I can share with you so many more… just ask me… I love to share!
At the bottom of this post, you’ll find some recipes that use these ingredients — pick one to try and let me know how you like it.
I can’t state this strongly enough: THIS IS NOT HARD!
I work with clients individually every day. And, oftentimes, this is the area that we work on first. If you are not already a client of mine, I want you to download the free ebook you see below. Then, I want you to scroll down and read about these top 10 ways to help your digestion. But, don’t just read them. You actually have to live them. Pick one or two to start with, then we can add in more.
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Before I get to the top 10 ways to help your digestion, let me just tell you that not only will you be making your stomach pains go away, and making your digestion run smoothly, but when you heal your digestive system, you will also start to look younger and healthier. Your skin is directly connected to your digestion. And, even better… your immune system will be heightened and your energy level will go up…
Here Are My Top 10 Ways To Help Your Digestion Naturally
1. Take A High Quality Probiotic
If you’ve never taken probiotics, you probably should try them. If you are already taking probiotics, then make sure it’s a high-quality product. Years ago, the belief was that the more billions of strains of bacteria in your probiotic, the better it was. This is not really the case. Nowadays, we know to look at the type of bacteria in your probiotics. There are tons of products on the market, so do some research, read some reviews, or… ask me.
Probiotics help your digestion run smoothly. They put good bacteria into your intestines, help with nutritional absorption, detoxification, and they can help your body fight infection. There are many brands of great probiotics available today, and they are available in stores and online. I take my probiotics first thing every morning with a huge glass of lemon water.
2. Add Collagen Into Your Daily Routine
Collagen is one of the supplements I take every single day. It comes in the form of a powder and you can add it to anything. This is one of the things that helps so many people with so many things — and digestion is one of those things.
Leaky gut syndrome is on the rise. I’m seeing more and more people with this affliction. Collagen is one of the things that can help rid you of this painful syndrome. Because collagen actually heals tissue, it helps to heal your intestinal/gut lining. Some people who suffer from IBS and other common intestinal issues, have been found to have decreased levels of collagen in their bodies; adding collagen has helped heal these conditions.
My favorite collagen powder is Dr. Axe’s Collagen Powder. I’m not one to stick with the same supplement for years and years, but this is my exception to the rule. I have seen such good results with this product that I continue to order it over and over again. Dr. Axe has written volumes on this subject, and if you are interested in learning more about collagen, you can read it HERE.
Collagen strengthens bones and muscles, keeps your joints healthy, improves flexibility and concentration, and helps heal your digestive system. It also keeps you looking youthful.
3. Eat Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, are easily digestible, and provide healthy digestive enzymes to your system. This is a great way to keep healthy — when your gut is healthy, you are healthy, your skin shines, and you have more energy. Simple, but true!
Here are just a few fermented foods I want you to add into your diet. (If you have a question about amounts or types, please ask me.)
* Kombucha — This is perfect in the mid- afternoon when you are feeling sluggish * Sauerkraut — I like it with eggs or in a collard-wrap “sandwich”.
* Kimchi — This is a great addition to salads — also great to put a spoonful in vegetable soups or stews.
* Sauerkraut — I like it with eggs or as a condiment on top of my salads.
4. Eat Bell Peppers
Bell peppers help with indigestion. If you are feeling bloated and full from over-eating a lot, consuming bell peppers will help reduce this feeling. They are also good for blood circulation and research has shown that they provide amazing benefits for people with a low appetite or anorexia. It used to be common in China to use green pepper tea to soothe indigestion.
I like to add raw and cooked peppers to my eggs. I also use seaweed/nori wrappers for my sandwiches made of hummus, sprouts, and bell pepper strips.
5. Have Blackberries For A Snack
In Chinese medicine, we love blackberries for many reasons. My favorite reason is to heal your digestive system.
The tannins in blackberries can help reduce intestinal inflammation… And, just as an aside, these delicious berries can also help raise your libido…
6. Start Using More Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is an incredibly important ingredient when it comes to your health. It’s become extremely popular because of it’s immune-boosting capabilities. What’s just important is it’s power to heal your digestive system. It can reduce gas and bloating too!
All you have to do is stir a spoonful of the vinegar into a small glass of water or other liquid and drink it down. I even find that if I’m experiencing a feeling of excess stomach acid, if I take a little raw apple cider vinegar, I’m feeling better in no time. I know this seems counter-intuitive because vinegar seems so acidic, but the properties of raw apple cider vinegar can actually help with that burning feeling in your gut.
7. Make More Eggplant Recipes
Eggplant is a great vegetable. Not only is it a longevity food, but it’s a healing digestive food also. In Eastern medicine, we add eggplant to our diet to relieve pain and to reduce swelling. It’s especially good to eat eggplant when you are experiencing some nasty digestive issues. This beautifully delicious purple veggie relieves stomach pain, helps with dysentery, can lessen diarrhea, and can also help with painful urinary conditions.
8. Take Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes do exactly what the name suggests — they help you digest your food. They help your body break down large molecules into smaller, more easily digestible bits. In order for your intestinal system to work properly, you have to feed it the right enzymes, because it is these enzymes that break down the food for you.
So, if you have any type of digestive disorder, you can benefit from digestive enzymes. Also, sometimes as we age, we become enzyme deficient, so if you never thought you needed help in this area, you may now benefit from some.
I bring a bottle of digestive enzymes with me when I travel. I take them with every meal, because a little extra digestive help on vacation can be a really good thing!
People ask me all the time what my favorite digestive enzyme is. There are many good ones on the market, but the ones I’m loving right now are called Lyfezyme.
9. Save Your Orange/Tangerine/Clementine Peels
The next time you are about to eat an orange, a tangerine, or a clementine, wash the fruit before you peel it. Then, when you peel the fruit, set the peels on a clean towel on a ledge or window sill that gets some sun. Let the peels dry for a day or so and then flip them over. Let them sit until they are hardened. Once they are hardened, you can store them in a mason jar, or in a bowl, etc. on your counter.
These dried orange rinds are a Chinese herb called Chen Pi. They are good at reducing phlegm in the body and can soothe digestion. At any given time, if you look on my kitchen counter, you will see a bowl filled with sun-dried tangerine peels. I make tea out of them, and I grind them up for some recipes.
10. Use Ginger More Often
Ginger is also a Chinese herb (Sheng Jiang). It is great for some digestive issues. It’s really good for an upset stomach and nausea. Because of this herb’s great ability to reduce inflammation, it can soothe stomach irritations by reducing inflammation in your intestines. Ginger has also been shows to help with motion sickness, heartburn, and stomach cramps.
I like to put a small pot of water to boil on the stove with some sliced up fresh ginger, let it boil for 20 minutes, and then drink it. You can even add in some Chen Pi (see number 9 above).
And, here’s an extra one, but also sooooo important: stay away from dairy! This is a whole different topic, and I have lots of information for you: Delicious Easy Ways To Go Dairy Free; Best Plant Based Milks For Coffee And Lattes.
Recipes Using These Top 10 Ways To Heal Your Digestion
If you make any of these recipes that utilize the top 10 ways to help your digestion, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make something, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.
1. Vegetable Noodle Lo Mein
This Vegetable Noodle Lo Mein is more delicious than any Chinese takeout you will have. It’s got ginger and bok choy in it — both are great to soothe your digestion!
2. Orange Peel Chicken
This recipe for Orange Peel Chicken is a great way for you to use the dried orange peels I mentioned above — your digestive system will thank you (and so will your tastebuds).
3. Slow Cooker Vegan Split Pea Soup
If I had to name an eleventh item to add to this list of my top 10 ways to help your digestion, that item would be split peas. I urge you to make this simple Vegan Split Pea Soup — it’s delicious and healing (split peas are great for your digestion).
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