9 hours ago
What should I do if my digestion is compromised?
In today's world of processed food, fast food, GMO's, pesticides, herbicides-glyphosate, crappy water, crappy air, EMF's, recreational drugs, Pharma drugs, alcohol, stress, stress and more stress, digestive issues are one of the most common health issues I see. I would say 99% of people I talk with have some sort of digestive issue.
Years ago, I was one of those people. I had done a number on my gut with crappy supplements, alcohol, "diet" foods, and LOTS of "healthy" hard to digest foods (raw leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, grains and soy).
Bloating, constipation and bouts of diarrhea were my norm. The more digestive issues I got, the more fibrous foods I consumed. And (not) surprisingly, I only got WORSE.
Well, NOW I understand when your digestion is compromised, the LAST thing you should be eating is TONS of hard to digest fibrous foods.
Here is why.
A sluggish Metabolism usually results in a sluggish digestive system.
👉When metabolism slows, HCL decreases in the stomach, leading to poorly digested foods.
👉Pancreatic enzymes can decrease, decreasing food break down
👉Undigested foods enter the small intestine creating a breading ground for bacteria. The slower the transit time, the more time for bacteria to grow. This "bacterial overgrowth" can lead to SIBO, candida, constipation and/or diarrhea.
👉If transit time continues to be slow, more bacteria will grow.
👉This usually results in someone eating MORE fibrous foods, along with taking medications and supplements, which only create more intestinal irritation, increasing intestinal permeability, resulting in leaky gut, allergies, histamine issues, MAST cell activation, food sensitivities, aches and pains, firma, CF, and the list can go on and on.
-Of course, this does not even address what might be happening with the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder. Which can ALL be affected when your body is having a hard time digesting food. But, this is a discussion for another day.
So what should you do?
1. Remove the S@*t creating the irritation. This means processed foods, crappy supplements, alcohol, hard to digest foods like nuts, seeds, raw leafy-greens, legumes, most grains, polyunsaturated fats, etc.
2. Eat the raw carrot salad 1-2x a day. Best consumed 15 minutes prior to lunch and/or dinner
3. Add cooked mushrooms or cooked bamboo shoots a few times a week.
4. Consume easy to digest sugars (low fiber) to fuel your metabolism for adequate fuel and nutrients. YOU NEED fuel to heal!
5. Address your stress. STRESS is going to drive energy and nutrients AWAY from your digestion. When you are stressed your body wants to fight or fly--NOT rest and digest. *This is the hardest part to address for most people. ... See MoreSee Less