Most health issues stem from the digestive system. Pay close attention to WHAT you are putting in your mouth. The purpose of eating is to nourish the body. Unfortunately a lot of our choices add strain on it and all the functioning systems. The very beginning red flag is if you are eating but nothing to very little is coming back out. This is usually where people turn to laxatives and stool softeners for help. That is a temporary band-aid and will not address the root problem.
Lets back up the train. Why create a dependence on those synthetic products?! God created our body to work. We eat to nourish the body, not feed cravings that we created in the first place. If God made it then its good. Eat it. If man created it in a factory, processed it and boxed it then beware. Moderation is key. Remember, companies are looking for life long consumers to stay in business. God is looking to feed his creation.
Do you know 1 in 5 people are constipated? Yikes…that’s pretty high. Still not sure you need digestive support? Here are some other possible signs on top of constipation: acne, anemia, asthma, arthritis, eczema, fatigue, gall stones, infections, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and the list goes on. When we eat, the nutrients need to absorb. If the intestinal walls are coated with unmoved junk from what we put in our mouth then we are not getting any of the good stuff even if we do occasionally eat it. If the scale is tipped toward processed vs. raw then we are the road block to our health. The raw foods are needed to scrub the inside walls to help push things out. No raw, no scrubbing and add in no absorption of any vitamins and mineral supplements either.
There’s a whole bunch of things that happen with food that starts in the brain and moves to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver and gallbladder, appendix to finally the large intestine and colon. Each one of those has many functioning components to them as well. It takes anywhere from 6-18 hours for digestion to happen. What’s happening in those hours for you? What can you do? Start with examining what is put in the mouth. Keep meals simple and nutritious and eat slowly chewing well. Get plenty of fiber and eat at least 60% of your food raw. We need those enzymes and scrubbers. Make sure to drink plenty of water each day. No other beverage can replace water. This is just a few of the helpful things that can be done.
Here are some foods to include in the diet: organic fruits, raw nuts, organic legumes (I love black beans), organic veggies…keep some raw & completely avoid canned, organic oats, raw seeds & some good omega’s. Did you know chia seeds are a non-fish omega-3? I just made gluten free pancakes and added raw pecans & chia seeds. DELICIOUS! I challenge you…keep a chart of just 1-2 days of everything that you put in your mouth. See which way the scale tips.