A Key to Health
Our bodies are made up of several systems, all relatively tamper-proof-except for the digestive system. The digestive system is not as well protected as the other systems, and we abuse it unmercifully.
We live in a fast-paced world, and we believe that our survival depends upon passing our competition in the rat race. Being fully involved in the rat race this way does not allow us to take time to breathe deeply, sleep very long, or chew our food. Survival in the rat race does not have a great deal to do with survival as people. Yet, many people race through life, sacrificing health and vitality for status and stock options as if these were the qualities of survival.
We know we must eat to soothe the gnawing in our midsections, so we gobble junk food on our way to appointments or grab anything that is handy and requires no effort. We chew just enough so that we can swallow and wash it down with large quantities of liquids full of caffeine, sugar or both. Then we dash into the store to buy “purple pills” to quiet our churning digestive systems until after the board meeting or important presentations are over for the day. After a day like that, you feel as if you have survived, but have no energy left for laughter.
Your body, your mind, and your soul were not designed for this type of survival. They were designed for health and vitality, for whole food and sound sleep, and for love and laughter. At a basic level, survival and health depend upon food that is fully digested. But as long as nothing really bad comes up, you will probably ignore your basic natural design, and go on filling your digestive system the easiest possible way instead of thinking of health.
Unfortunately, when you treat your digestive system badly, it cannot do its job of providing nourishment and energy to all of the other systems in your body. Things go wrong, with results ranging from annoying to disastrous. It begins with indigestion, heartburn, and constipation. Later you may find yourself dealing with Diabetes, Allergies, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Heart Disease, Asthma, Kidney Failure, and Obesity, or a host of other physical problems that begin with faulty digestion.
Steps to a Healthy Digestive System
- Eat a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates, high in fiber, low in fat, and has a moderate amount of protein. This means: Eating whole grains, vegetables and fruits lean meats, poultry or fish.
- Cut WAY down or avoid refined sugar, white flour, fried foods and most foods and beverages that are processed or have chemical additives.
- Eat slowly and chew food well. Digestion will not proceed as it should if large chunks of food are swallowed. Many digestive problems begin in the mouth.
- Avoid stress at mealtime. Stress stops or slows the digestive process and disrupts the body’s natural rhythms. Learn to cut stress in your life. Stress is a major cause of digestive problems.
- Use supplemental fiber, as needed to speed waste materials through the colon. Dieticians recommend 20-40 grams of fiber a day.
- Supplement as needed to keep digestive chemicals at adequate levels. Most older people have decreasing amounts of digestive enzymes and gastric acid.
- Supplement with safe and effective probiotics – live friendly bacteria that are hardy enough to pass through the stomach acids and other digestive chemicals. The most dependable probiotic is Geneflora for adults and KiddiFlora for children and adults who do not like to swallow pills or capsules. And don’t forget your furry family members to and give them Geneflora for Pets.
The information posted is my opinion from my experience and is for educational purposes only and is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. I do believe that the right medical doctors can play a significant role, but I do feel it is up to each person to take personal responsibility for their own health. The reader should always consult his/her qualified healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.