Most digestion problems stem from too much stress on the digestive system. Digestion requires calmness and digestive enzymes to aid in the breakdown of food to help us properly absorb nutrients in the small intestine. Having a quiet mind and feeling calm is one of the best ways to support healthy digestion. Enzymes are necessary for every chemical action and reaction in the body. Our organs, tissues, and cells are all run on metabolic enzymes. Minerals, vitamins, and hormones need enzymes to be present so they can properly do their job. In 1966, a Scottish medical journal proclaimed, “Each of us, as with all living organisms, could be regarded as an orderly, integrated succession of enzyme reactions”.
There are Two Categories of Enzymes
Bloating, gas, belching, irritable bowel, inflamed bowel, colitis and Crohn's disease can be healed by eliminating toxins internally and in your external environment, balancing stress, eating whole foods, taking herbal remedies, replenishing healthy bacteria and connecting with your passion.
Allergies, asthma, lupus, chemical sensitivities and many other immune system conditions can stem from digestion problems; without healthy digestion our immune system cannot function optimally!
The brain requires a lot of fat for optimal performance and without healthy digestion we can have difficulty with digestion of fats and proteins. According to Nora Gedagauda who wrote Primal Body-Primal Mind the brain is made up of more than 50% fat —up to 70-80% of dry weight. In fact, the body’s highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids are in the brain.
Healing digestion problems
When I discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1992 it taught me how to help myself become stronger; the first thing I needed to do was heal my digestive system and cleanse my liver.
I became a holistic nutritionist, herbalist and bodywork therapist because I found food, herbs and balancing stress does matter. I founded both Simple Remedies Herbal Solutions (2003), which I sold in 2009, and Way of Life Matters (2009-present) because I know the way we live our life does affect our digestive, immune and hormonal systems and our mental/emotional health.
While I owned Simple Remedies Herbal Solutions, I, with the help of others, made formulas from the many bulk herbs we had. One of those formulas was a blend of herbs for digestion to sooth, aid and heal, allowing the digestive system to become stronger.
Liver herbs also aids in digestion of fats and proteins because bitter flavor foods and herbs help the stomach lining secrete hydrochloric acid (HCL) which is essential for the absorption of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.
Taking a good herbal blend such as my Digestion Blend along with a Digestion Healing Diet can help you live a life without discomfort - it did for me.
It took almost two years for my digestive system to recover from:
For two years I had to make sure my food was easily assimilated and would not cause:
Nourish my kidney essence or microbiome by building my nutrient reserves with whole complex foods and herbs;
Strengthen my spleen/stomach / pancreas (Earth Element). I used pungent, bitter, sour and salty flavour foods and herbs. I made sure some of my food was lightly cooked to assure easy digestion but still rich in enzymes and those other heat sensitive nutrients (vitamins/antioxidant/amino acids/essential fatty acids);
Increase HCL secretion from the stomach lining and aid in the digestion of fats and proteins. I used warming bitters such as turmeric root and fenugreek and other bitter and salty flavour from full spectrum salt – I prefer Himalayan salt;
Help build and nourish my blood. I ate foods which are easy to digest, like:
Help replenish healthy bacteria (gut biome) through fermented and cultured foods;
Help keep candida yeast over-growth, fungus and parasites at bay, by using bitter and sour herbs and foods. I also avoided refined foods such as flour and sugar which feed candida yeast;
Help with liver stress from many years of:
Replenish my nutrient reserves with super greens, bone broth, potassium broth, fresh vegetable juice, sole, fermented and cultured foods and sprouted foods. Himalayan sole also helps the stomach lining secrete HCL;
Nourish my adrenal glands with super greens and adaptogens; and,
Clear toxins from my liver, nourish my kidney essence (constitution) and strengthen my stomach/spleen/pancreas. I drank bitters to aid in the secretion of HCL and help clear toxins and strengthen my ability to digest fats and proteins. Clearing toxins also supports and strengthens the immune system.
Some of us will always have to keep on top of our health; I am one of those people who will continuously have to be aware of how I treat my body so I do not suffer from digestion problems. I am thankful for those who have taught me and I am grateful for taking the time to learn about my health; feeling awful and on medication was not the way for me to live a full, energetic, happy life.
Now I listen to my body and
check in with myself for
guidance so I can keep my balance in life.
MY BODY AND MOOD TELLS ME WHEN THERE IS TOO MUCH STRESS
My symptoms of stress:
I know when there is too much stress in my life; my knee, due to my knee injury, becomes weak, and according to TCM the liver governs the ligaments. I also know when I am under too much stress when my vision becomes blurry; the liver also governs the eyes and the thyroid gland.
If I begin to feel fatigue from too much stress, I increase my adaptogens and Vitamin B rich foods and super foods. I like to take a larger dose of Super Green Energy Blend to ensure I am receiving all I need for true energy. I also take desiccated liver for my blood; it has done wonders in my overall energy levels. Most of all I move more slowly, allowing myself to rest and recover.
Great Chinese remedies for helping to heal and strengthen digestion problems. Remedies to help stop pain and other digestive discomfort. I have used them all but prefer the professional curing pills or Plum Flower which you can pick up at the health food store.
One supplement that I used to heal my gut was Metagenics Ultra Clear Plus. This product is amazing and since my gut has healed I no longer need to take it unless I have a setback. This can happen when there is more than I can handle, such as moving, family health issues or death, fire behind our house in the mountains – over-whelming situations can’t always be balanced at the time but there are many ways to address imbalances later.