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The human digestive system; How to nourish your digestive system

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Food intolerance, poor diet, and stress can all lead to digestive disorders and even digestive system diseases.

Without the proper nourishment, we may experience difficulties eating food, breaking it down, absorbing the food, and eliminating food waste. Even with a healthy diet, the body requires a lot of energy to break foods down for absorption, where extracted foods are virtually predigested.

By extracting healthy foods into a nutritious smoothie, they are turned into a maximum absorption food source for the body!

Risk Factors & Prevention:

Alcohol and nicotine: can lead to acid reflux, ulcers, and may deter the absorption of key nutrients.
Excessive swallowing: can cause gas and bloating.
Fiber: critical to keep the colon clean through regular waste elimination.
Hydration: important to keep food moving efficiently through digestive tract.
Overeating: contributes to acid reflux in the esophagus; decreases nutrient absorption which may lead to diarrhea or constipation.

Some Common Digestive Disorders:

  • Appendicitis
  • Bloating
  • Celiac disease
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Dry mouth
  • Dyspepsia (stomach ache)
  • Gerd aka heartburn (esophagus)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (small and large intestine)
  • Nausea
  • Peptic ulcer (stomach)

Healthy Foods for Digestive Disorders:

Aloe Vera juice: contains antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties to kill viruses or bacteria in the stomach. Also provides a cooling sensation.
Brown rice barley broth: an effective *mixture known to reduce bloating and gas.
Coconut water: natural electrolytes found in coconut water are known to hydrate better and faster than water.
Fiber Foods: apples, apricots, bananas, beets, berries, cabbage, carrots, citrus, dates, figs, oats, sweet potatoes (skin on), wheat bran
Ginger: naturally contains anti-nausea and painkilling compounds; excellent for upset stomach.
Oregano: contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties in the natural oils that help kill bacteria or viruses that may cause diarrhea.
Yogurt: plain yogurt, in small quantities, help attack harmful bacteria in the gut.

* Boil 1 cup of barley in 5 cups of water for 10 minutes; filter the water from the grain; sip the broth throughout the day.

NOTE: Pay attention to your body’s specific needs, as certain foods may cause issues. Some of these healthy foods include: whole wheat, nuts, tomatoes, and garlic.

Tips:

• Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in fiber; they are an excellent source for the relief of constipation or hemorrhoids.
• CAUTION: If you are experiencing an agitated digestive system, the fiber content in whole fruits and vegetables may add further stress. However, by extracting plant foods it can aid in replenishing nutrients lost in diarrhea while making it easier for your body to break down the food sources and absorb them quickly.
• For diabetic or weight issues, ingesting more high fiber fruits, vegetables, and legumes (leafy greens, cabbage, berries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, apples, and beans) help combat free radicals.
• Soluble fiber (once in the intestines) slows the absorption of sugars in the blood – allowing the body to feel full and limiting insulin spikes.
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.

For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods, click on any of the following links:
Boise Co-Op
Whole Foods Market
Brown Box Organics
The Organic Store Locator
• Learn more about the digestive system by clicking on the link in this sentence.
• Learn more about the benefits of fiber by clicking on the WebMD link in this sentence.

From my home to yours ~ valuable information with nutrition in mind.

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