Nature makes us hungry so we will have the desire to eat. Our bodies take care of the rest of the process through digestion, assuming we choose the proper foods. Sometimes, the food we eat is not digested properly which may result in improper absorption of nutrients through the bloodstream. The results of that can be upsetting short term and unhealthy long term. You can end up with constipation, indigestion, acid stomach or reflux, nausea and bloating in the short term. Over time it can have a damaging impact on all the organs of your body including the brain, the thyroid, the liver and even the nervous system. Science tells us that improper nutrition can cause a host of problems from our hair and skin all the way down to our toenails.
When your body digests the appropriate food and you eat properly, you will find that your body will respond and absorb the needed nutrients and use these nutrients efficiently. Here are 10 proven tips to improve your digestion:
1. Chew your Food at Least 4 to 20 Times
Don’t bolt your food down. When you chew your food properly your saliva interacts with the foods you are eating and starts the digestion process. There are enzymes in your saliva that start to break down your food. Your saliva will also enhance the proper taste of your food.
2. Don’t Eat When you are Upset
Wait at least 30 minutes after being angry or emotionally upset, irritated or stressed. Proper digestion occurs best when the body is not spending energy and resources doing something else.
3. Eat your Meals Close to the Same Time Every Day
This is a tough one for many of us because life gives us busy schedules. We may eat at our desks at work, ignore certain meals or get home late. The body will respond much better if it is conditioned to be ready to eat.
4. Avoid Deep Fried Foods
Foods that are deep fried taste great but they are significantly changed by the process. The deep fryer produces free radicals in the fats and grease which move through your blood and lymph system. Also, acrylamide is a questionably damaging chemical that is found in fried foods.
5. Avoid Using Cream or Milk in your Coffee
The body has a difficult time digesting this combination. There are indications it interferes with the gastric flow preventing proper digestion. Instead, try sweetening your coffee with Virgin Coconut Oil. Virgin Coconut Oil is naturally trans-fatty acid free and high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT). Although these MCTs are considered saturated fats, they are not digested like longer-chain saturated fats. MCTs are digested by saliva and gastric juices, and are absorbed directly from the intestines into the portal vein, where they’re delivered to the liver and burned as fuel for instant energy needs. Very little is ever stored as fat.
6. Avoid Taking Orange Juice and Cereal at the Same Meal
Citric juices like orange juice, grapefruit and lemon juice interfere with the proper digestion of cereals and grains.
7. Balance your Above and Below Ground Vegetables
When eating vegetables gear towards balancing the number of above ground like spinach, celery, lettuce with below ground vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and onions. Optimum would be 3 above ground to each below ground vegetable. This will help balance the nutrients and enzymes in your meal and will help you feel nourished.
Gelatin when combined or taken with vegetables can benefit digestion and the assimilation of the nutrients in the vegetables. This can be accomplished by sprinkling a small amount of gelatin powder on your vegetables or having a little Jell-O as a dessert.
9. Eat your Meals Slowly for Better Digestion
Take your time while you are eating and enjoy the taste, textures and colors. Avoid being rushed to finish your meal. Proper chewing will help, but you want to focus attention to the task at hand. Many societies have special prayers before their meals giving thanks for the sustenance provided. Taking a moment to picture the beneficial effects your body and mind will receive from this meal has been shown to have a positive influence.
10. Limit the Size of your Meal
Studies show that eating less, that is, not overeating, prolongs life. Huge meals are hard to digest, assimilate and eliminate. If you do happen to occasionally overeat, consider taking Super Digestive Enzymes Capsules with your meal to help break down proteins, starches, fiber and fats.
Everyone’s body is different and there are foods that your particular system may have difficulty digesting and assimilating. Paying attention to how our body reacts to foods can be very helpful in making sure we get optimal nutrition through healthy digestion. It’s a lifelong process but worth the effort.
Bruce Baar, MS, ND | © Baar Products, Inc., 2015
If you are reading this article, you have probably experienced problems with regularity or constipation at some point in your life. Everyone’s body is different so if you have occasional irregularity and/or constipation, or are looking to improve your regularity, try following these 10 Natural Tips to get your body back on track.
1.Drink Enough Water During the Day: Much of the literature on the subject for improving regularity advises drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day. Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. Keep it replenished; your body is approximately 65% water.
2. Increase the Fiber Content of Your Meals: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are high in fiber. Selecting fruits or a high fiber cereal for breakfast is great. Adding the roughage of a fresh salad for lunch also helps. Minimize junk food and refined starches.
3. Chew Your Food Completely: Your saliva has digestive enzymes and this will help you digest your food better and improve the regularity of your digestive system.
4. Take tiny sips of Olive Oil during the day: This is a very simple approach and Olive Oil produces a gentle effect to the body’s eliminations.
5. Castor Oil Packs over the abdomen: Apply a Castor Oil Pack and heating pad over the abdomen for about 1 hour. Even this external application of Castor oil works to stimulate the action of the colon and enhance the body’s lymphatic functions.
6. After Dinner Take A Walk: Exercise, especially walking, is great for stimulating the regularity of the digestive track and the lymphatic system.
7. Minimize Stress by a method that works best for you: Walking, meditation, deep breathing, reading and adequate sleep.
8. Know your prescription medication side effects: Many prescription medications list ‘May cause constipation’ as the number one side effect. If this is the case, check with your doctor as it may be necessary to take a digestive aid supplement to improve your regularity.
9. Supplement with Super Digestive Enzymes: Digestive enzymes can improve overall digestion and alleviate constipation. These targeted enzymes help breakdown food into small, absorbable molecules. Even with the healthiest diet, adequate fiber intake and sufficient water, the body can still require digestive help. Adding our digestive supplement, Super Digestive Enzymes, with a meal optimizes the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins which in turn helps the body absorb the nutrients it needs to be vital and healthy.
10. Take a gentle laxative. For short-term use, a laxative may be required. Sulflax™, Castor Oil softgels, and Fletcher’s Castoria offer relief from the discomfort of constipation and improve your body’s regularity. Choose the one that is effective for you.
© Baar Products, Inc., 2015
De-Tense™ herbal tonic is formulated with a select blend of botanicals chosen for their cleansing and clarifying properties. Historically, these herbs have been used to purify, detoxify and stimulate the body’s eliminations and digestive functions. This restorative tonic targets the body’s eliminations through the kidneys and digestive tract creating a balancing effect to the circulatory system.*
“To give full balance to the system and make the body efficient in its physical force, we would take this into the system:” (Edgar Cayce)
Sarsaparilla Root: Sarsaparilla was used as a blood purifier, to balance the glandular system and improve digestion.*
Wild Cherry Bark: Highly regarded as an aid to digestion. Supports cleansing and building of blood.*
Burdock Root: Acts as a digestive stimulant for stomach, intestines, pancreas and liver.*
Mandrake Root: Small amounts have been used as a laxative and a stimulant to the liver.*
Buchu Leaves: Stimulant and cleanser for urinary system and pelvic organs*
Balsam of Tolu: Was described as a blood clarifier and systemic cleanser. It is thought to work mainly with the mucous membranes in the respiratory tract.*
This combination of Sarsaparilla root, Wild Cherry bark, Burdock root, Buchu leaves, Mandrake root, Tolu Balsam and Grain Alcohol works to support healthy eliminations and system detoxification. Just a teaspoonful of De-Tense herbal tonic after each meal and just before retiring works to restore balance to the entire body.
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
© Baar Products, Inc., 2014
Think you’ve got a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, sleep well and lead a generally “healthy” lifestyle? You could still be missing essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. While Multiple Vitamins are not meant to take the place of a healthy diet, they can help bridge the nutrient gap that you may be experiencing.
Selecting a supplement that is rich in green superfoods, targeted herbs, enzymes and vitamins can help strengthen the body’s core functions, adding vitality and energy to your day. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, hormones like vitamin D and minerals such as Calcium and Iron, are essential to the body because they help facilitate important cellular functions.
It may be possible to eat the amount of food that it would take to supply your body with the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of nutrients that your body needs, but it probably won’t be easy. You’d really need to keep a daily dietary record, noting the types of foods and exact quantities of what goes into your mouth. If you’ve got a hectic schedule and are on-the-move, like most of us, you’d probably have a hard time doing this, in which case a multivitamin may be right for you.
Give your Multivitamin a Boost with Green Superfoods
Nature’s Blessing Special Two provides you with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals with the added benefits of Green Superfoods. Special Two contains 4 key Green Superfoods which are known to be more nutrient dense than most green, leafy vegetables. These Superfoods fortify, energize and strengthen, giving your body the boost it needs.
Spirulina is a type of algae which is extremely high in immune-boosting chlorophyll. It also supports the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, aiding digestive function.
Chlorella works to cleanse the body of potentially harmful toxins. Rich in a complex array of nutrients, it binds to heavy metals.
Organic Barley Grass has a high concentration of essential amino acids, some of which the human body does not produce on its own. Also high in organic sodium, Barley grass may help soften calcium deposits in the joints, supporting mobility.
Alfalfa Juice is rich in vitamins A, B, E and K, and is also high in minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron and zinc. These vitamins and minerals support strong bones and boost immune function throughout the body.
Support your health and vitality with the vitamins, minerals and superfoods in Special Two. It can add energy to your day!
© Baar Products, Inc., 2014
Healthy Digestion is a Key for Immune Health
Proper digestive function is critical to overall health and well-being. While the body manufactures a number of digestive enzymes, it also obtains them from foods such as papaya, pineapple, bananas and more. These enzymes enable the body to breakdown food, so nutrients can be released and absorbed. When the digestive system works properly, it acts as a barrier to bacteria and viruses, assists in removing wastes and toxins from the body and enables nutrients to be absorbed.
Signs of Insufficient Digestive Enzyme Activity
Research shows that as we grow older, the body’s ability to produce digestive enzymes decreases. Also, if you are stressed, you don’t produce enough digestive enzymes. If you eat on the run, you don’t produce enough. As a result, nutrients are not absorbed and bowel irregularities can occur. In today’s busy world, many of the foods being consumed are processed, loaded with additives and preservatives and chemically altered creating even more distress to the digestive system. Gas, bloating, reflux, constipation and/or diarrhea can be an indication of a decrease or lack of digestive enzyme activity. A number of different symptoms can be caused due to a lack of digestive enzymes and may be detrimental to your lifestyle.
Digestive Enzymes help breakdown food into small, absorbable molecules. If you don’t have enough digestive enzymes, when you eat your food, it won’t be absorbed and it’ll pass through without receiving any nutritional benefits. It may even inflame your gut. Even with the healthiest diet, adequate fiber intake and sufficient water, the body can still require digestive help. Adding our digestive supplement, Super Digestive Enzymes, before a meal helps optimize the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and protein which in turn, helps the body absorb the nutrients it needs to be vital and healthy. Get all the benefits from the food you are eating!
© Baar Products, Inc., 2014