There are many ways that one can improve the digestion system, which include exercise and eating a healthy diet. Diet has a huge impact on the health of the digestive system because the foods that are consumed come in direct contact with the stomach and intestines. If the foods are clean, then the digestive system will also remain clean. But unhealthy fats and other toxic substances, such as food additives and preservatives, can build up along the intestinal walls overtime and contribute to poor digestion.
In addition to eating clean, it is just as important that the foods are compatible with the body, combined in the right manner and are eaten in the right quantities. The condition under which the foods are eaten can also influence the rate of digestion.
Compatible with the Body
No matter how good the food might be, if it is not compatible with the body, it should not be eaten. Symptoms of food allergies should never be ignored, but rather, the foods that cause the symptoms to occur should be avoided until the system can heal itself and overcome the allergy. An elimination diet can help to pin-point exactly what foods are irritating and what foods are tolerable for the digestive system.
Dairy is one of the most common food that causes digestive problems and one of the most difficult foods to let go of. Meat and other animal products might also not agree with the body as they take a long time to digest, which can slow the whole system down. If the system is already slow, then anything that moves through at a slow rate will worsen the problems.
Leafy greens and herbs are very easy to digest and are compatible with just about all individuals, including those suffering from digestive or other health problems. They are generally out of the stomach in a few hours, which makes them a great food to improve digestion.
Fruits are also easy to digest, but they might not be suitable for someone who is suffering from diabetes, cancer, candida or parasites. This is because they are high in sugars that will feed the condition.
The Right Food Combinations
Different food groups need a different internal environment in order for them to be digested properly. Proteins require an acidic environment and therefore should not be mixed with starches because they require a more alkaline environment. When both are present the stomach will attempt to create both environments, which then creates an environment where neither food can be digested as it should. It is also important that proteins are not mixed with other proteins or fats.
Leafy green and other non-starchy vegetables can be combined with just about any other type of food. Fruits, on the other hand, should not be consumed with other foods, such as proteins and starches, because they will interfere with each other. Fruits are meant to leave the stomach quickly in order to be digested in the small intestine. If they are combined with slower moving foods, then those foods will prevent the fruit from leaving the stomach in a timely manner. This then causes the fruit to ferment amongst the other foods and becomes toxic to the body. Therefore, it is always best to eat fruit in the morning on an empty stomach or before a meal.
Another tip to ensure that the food gets digested in the correct environment is to avoid drinking fluids with the meal. Fluids are important, but when taken in conjunction with food, it neutralizes the digestive juices.
The Right Quantities
This is probably more important than anything else because if the stomach receives too much food it will become rancid before it can be digested. This is true no matter how clean or healthy the food is.
Three large meals a day are suitable for someone with a healthy digestive system. But someone with an impaired system might need to keep the meals small and increase the frequency at which they are consumed.
Another key point to remember here is that the stomach should be empty at night before going off to bed. This way the body can focus on healing instead of on digesting food.
The Right Conditions
This may come as a surprise to many, but the conditions under which the foods are consumed also play a major role as to how well the food is digested. If the body is stressed, or if there is a negative energy floating around it will slow the digestive process down. But if the body is relaxed and all the energies can be focused on digestion, then the process is accelerated.
It is also important to take the time to relax and eat slow instead of rushing through the meal. When rushing through it, the food is not chewed thoroughly, which then puts a lot of extra strain on the stomach because it is not designed to break down huge chunks of food. In addition, chewing the foods properly helps to coat it with the pre-digestive enzymes secreted in the mouth.