Human Digestion: Your Diet Alone is Not the Key to Wellness
Human digestion is where it all begins. Health professionals have misled you into believing that you are what you eat. Though there is a tiny bit of truth to this....it really is misleading.
Do you eat a pretty good diet and expect you will be healthy? The real truth is that you can eat the healthiest of foods and take the best supplements but unless your digestion is working well all your efforts will be in vain.
Great health depends on proper human digestion.
How do you know if your digestion is working correctly? Well there are some tell tale symptoms that are warning signs of poor digestion.
Symptoms of Poor Digestion:
- food sensitivities
- acid reflux
- skin problems
- premature aging
The latest statistic is that about 90% of people have digestive issues.
Biggest contributing factors that lead to poor human digestion.
- A diet that consists of mostly cooked (dead) and processed foods. Raw food is more easily digested because it has lots of enzymes. When you cook or process food those great enzymes are destroyed at temperatures as low as 118 degrees. It takes 1/2 to 1/3rd the time for raw food to pass through the digestive tract compared to cooked food.
Crispness is a function of enzymes. So a raw veggie snaps when you break it apart because of the enzymes that are still active. Cooked mushy veggies no longer snap because their enzymes are inactive.
Also, when you were born you had a 'bank' of enzymes. You continue to deplete this bank when eating cooked and processed food. So, the more cooked and processed foods you eat the more quickly you use up that bank. For this reason, it is a good idea for most people the age of 35 and older to supplement with enzymes.
- Stress which leads to eating rapidly. Do you inhale your food without giving proper consideration to adequate chewing? Good digestion depends on sufficient chewing. Your stomach cannot digest large pieces of food. So, these large pieces of undigested food move into your small and large intestines. There they rot and can give rise to harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites.
- Not enough fiber in your diet. Most likely, one of the biggest deficiencies in your diet is fiber. This boils down to eating lots of processed food including white foods such as rice, bread, pasta, sugar, etc.
Improving your digestion.
- Be sure to eat lots of raw foods each day. Include a raw fruit or vegetable with each meal. Work toward having a diet that is about 50% raw and 50% cooked. Some experts think 90% is ideal.
The important thing is to improve on what you are currently doing. Remember, progress making small steps will go far in moving you in the right direction.
- You may want to do some juicing. Hold on, not those pasteurized juices that you buy in the grocery stores that are full of sugar and cooked to death. You can purchase juicers that enable you to use raw, organic fruits and veggies.
- Avoid white foods like pasta, bread, rice, and sugar that are void of any nutritional value but contribute lots of calories. Use their whole grain counterparts but only sparingly.
- Limit your use of processed foods. You'll go far in reducing your food budget and improving your nutrition. With many processed foods the cardboard box has more nutrition than the contents :).
- If you have any of the above symptoms or are over 35 years old include a digestive enzyme to achieve optimal human digestion and health.
- Eat 3 meals per day as this is how the colon is designed for
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