Health Matters and how you take care of your body is vital to living strong or long. Sounds easy enough, but more often than none the majority does not take care of their body as they should. Daily toxins are ingested into the system and for many, they remain within the body only to reek havoc.
More often than realized, the symptoms for this build up presents themselves in small ways that compound daily. The problem with this is that it becomes a way of life. Without realization, that the body is reacting to what is placed inside, we become tired, lethargic, susceptible to frequent colds, illnesses or viruses, experience hair loss, thinning or varied forms of stress that in part are stemming from this build up.
This build up is the added waste in your body from not properly expelling the foods and liquid that have been ingested. Depending on the types of foods taking in, the build up from this can be that much worse. Ultimately creating sickness, fatigue and disorientation.
So with the upper and lower intestines it is important that you know your body and how, for you, it processes food. In addition to how it processes food, it is important to understand what foods are good for doing, how they breakdown their speed and what is good for keeping things flushed.
Removing these toxins not only frees you physically, but also gives mental clarity, clears you energetically and overall lightens you up. So lets go into understanding.
There are two parts we will focus on, one with digestion and the other with processing. Some end results of improper digestion may result in bloating or gas, the other may be constipation. With either, this is body signal to you that things are not being processed properly for your body and your attention is needed to make the right changes.
Some natural ways of correcting my diet involved some small changes. Here are some changes that I researched, made and have found to be most beneficial with proper digestion. I have included some reference sites to share the research data that assisted with the decision making process.
Red and yellow onions are one of the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that is particularly well suited for scavenging free radicals. Aside from its antioxidant properties, quercetin has been found to possess cancer fighting, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has shown promising potential for preventing and controlling the formation of intestinal polyps, suppressing the rhinoviruses that are the underlying cause of common cold, treating psoriasis, and inhibiting the replication of viruses including the herpes simplex virus that can cause cold sores. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of stomach cancer: according to one study, half an onion a day could reduce the risk of stomach cancer by 50%.
Apples. Because apples are high in pectin, a type of fiber that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals in the body, they help eliminate toxic build up and to cleanse the intestines.
Lemons. Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make an important substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (not the bottled variety) to pure water to support your cleansing efforts on a daily basis.
Drink More Water
Although not a food, water is included in this list because of its crucial role in preventing constipation. Without an adequate intake of water, a high-fiber diet will not be able to stimulate the bowels and improve waste elimination. In fact, an insufficient intake of water combined with a high-fiber diet can have the opposite effect and precipitate constipation. Most experts recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, but if your diet is very high in fiber your body may require even more water. Also hot weather and physical activity increase the body’s requirement for water.
Other Items that can be added to the diet, if not currently are:
Ginger, one of the oldest spices in the world, is known to have been used in China as early as 400 B.C. Although probably best known for its cold and flu treating powers, ginger is also well known for its ability to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress and is commonly used for eliminating intestinal gas and reducing bloating.
Ginger helps reduce intestinal gas and bloating. Ginger contains zingibain, a protein digestive enzyme, and is therefore particularly effective at reducing bloating and gas caused by protein rich foods. Fresh ginger, which is said to be the most effective form of ginger, is available in the produce section of supermarkets throughout the year.
Turbo-charge your anti-bloating diet by regularly eating pineapple. In addition to supplying a fair amount of potassium (which is a key component of any anti-bloat diet), pineapple contains bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that aids in the digestion of proteins. Be aware, however, that most of the bromelain in pineapple is in the stem which is not as tasty as the flesh but which is nevertheless edible.
Peppermint has been shown to reduce bloating in IBS patients.
Naturopaths have long been recommending peppermint for bloating. Peppermint has a relaxing effect on the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, thus allowing the body to rid itself of digestive gas. One study conducted in Italy found that 75% of the test subjects with an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) had a significant reduction in their IBS symptoms after taking peppermint oil capsules for four weeks. IBS is a common syndrome characterized by bloating, abdominal cramping and pain, constipation and diarrhea.
These are all items that I use in my diet and had done research to find ways to improve my health. In fairness I shared where I found such information and relations to content for benefits and how it actually helps the body. They are great recommendations and have found much improvement. Try adding these things and share with me your findings!