Do you ever get embarrassing stomach issues, indigestion, gas or bloating? Yes, sorry to say, these predicaments happen to all of us at one time or another. We might feel like this little guy below . . . but we’re human.
Digestive problems are more of a modern phenomenon. Years ago, people dined more leisurely, ate more fiber and enjoyed sharing their meals with the family or others while discussing the day. That seems to have become a thing of the past.
In this stressed-out culture we live in, we’re always running from one activity to another. Therefore, we gulp down our food and dash off to another assignment on our list. By not chewing our food completely, we fail to release all the enzymes which are vital for proper digestion function.
So the first rule for great digestive health is to slow down! Show Gratitude, Chew and Enjoy God’s Bounty!
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)
Next, go to God’s Healing Garden and help yourself:
- Papaya is a natural enzyme that breaks down proteins and has 5xs as much C as an orange. Best of all, it’s also a natural antacid.
- Cranberry kills bacteria and e coli from entering the body, thus relieving the system from digestive stress.
- Peppermint settles the stomach and curbs cravings. It also sends out a message which stimulates the release of a hormone that causes the gallbladder to release bile and the colon to relax muscles. This bile makes fats more water-soluble and reduces large fat molecules into smaller, simpler fats, moving it through the digestive system easily.
- Any type of herb in the carminative family, such as cloves, allspice, dill, peppermint, thyme, fennel or carraway will help restore digestive balance.
- What a diversified herb Basil can be! Basil contains a compound which eases muscle spasms and helps to alleviate gas pains. Within its leaves is the chemical eugenol, which has been proven to inhibit the growth of 30 strains of bacteria; so it’s an excellent herb for healing ulcers.
- Bananas will help with upset stomach relief and heartburn because it produces more natural enzymes to protect it from harmful acidic conditions. Bananas also replenish the vital liquids, electrolytes and nutrients which are lost through stomach upsets.
- Avoid or consume very little fast food. Too much fat will weaken and block the base of the esophagus, causing acid reflux, nausea and heartburn. Cut the fat!
- Ginger! Grate your own and put it in your tea for quick, effective relief. Or sip a ginger ale.
- Consume foods loaded with pectin, a form of soluble fiber. This will help with diarrhea troubles. Soluble fiber turns into a gel in your body. Therefore it’s less rough than insoluble fiber which remains intact as it passes. Apples are excellent sources of pectin. So are carrots, blueberries, apricots, peaches, grapefruit, potatoes and bananas.
- If you can include garlic in your healing soups or broth, it will greatly assist in the recovery process. Garlic is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and probiotic. (I’ve written extensively about garlic, so please use my search engine above and you’ll find many other posts about the benefits of garlic.)
Most importantly, take time to enjoy the beauty in this glorious world God gave us. By simply slowing down, breathing deeply and meditating on God’s Word, it calms the spirit and unclenches the digestive system. You’ll be amazed how much more relaxed life becomes. Just Breathe!