Published: 10/28/2014 - Updated: 05/18/2018
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
The stomach is a processing center and, if kept in good conditions, can become a huge ally for health and beauty. According to a well-known phrase, “health begins in the stomach”. And that’s true. If your stomach doesn’t function very well, you will be unable to enjoy health, energy, or beauty. You will be unable to absorb nutrients well and it will be hard for your body to remove toxins and wastes that will end up passing into your blood, and then, to your skin.
How do I know if my stomach is functioning correctly?
Skin is one of the factors that demonstrate skin health. But there are also other symptoms that warn when your stomach is not in good health. These symptoms could be:
- Bad breath or a gooey mouth.
- White tongue.
- Inflamed or painful stomach.
- Excessive gas.
- Poor appetite or nausea.
- Constipation or diarrhea.
These symptoms could also indicate a deficient digestive system. If you have any of these, you must take action in the situation as soon as possible. This way your stomach can recover proper functioning.
In order to take care of your digestive system, you must watch what you eat. Whatever arrives in your stomach will determine colon health.
Foods and habits that are bad for the digestive system:
- Cow’s milk and its derivatives: this is very difficult to digest, as our stomachs are not designed to drink cow’s milk. Our bodies are not equipped with any way to digest one of its enzymes. That’s why milk frequently gets stuck on the intestinal lining, causing indigestion, gas, stomach inflammation, and an accumulation of harmful toxins and gasses.
- Eating an inordinate amount of food never lets the stomach rest, making it constantly work. This can cause stomachaches, discomforts, poor digestion, and poor nutrient absorption.
- Improperly combining foods: improperly combining foods could cause a lot of digestive problems. For example, it’s not very recommendable to combine carbohydrates with proteins because a certain gastric pH (acid) is required to digest proteins, while digesting carbohydrates requires another type of pH (alkaline). When these two foods enter the stomach at the same time, gastric juices need to make a considerable effort to digest both foods, as these two pH’s are incompatible. So the best thing to do is to eat proteins and carbohydrates separately.
- Not drinking enough water also causes a lot of conflicts in the stomach. It makes digestion heavy, and feces will be dehydrated, causing the risk of constipation, indigestion, intoxication, etc. You should drink at least two liters of water a day, and avoid drinking more than one glass of water at mealtimes so the pH does not become diluted.
- Overcooking foods is not very nutritious and is not very functional for the stomach. You should always opt for raw foods. Most of all, avoid cooking fruits and vegetables. Eating them fresh it the healthiest and most appropriate way of doing so.
- Red meat lacks the essential fiber to remove intestinal residue. Consuming red meat causes numerous digestive health issues like colitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, toxemia, etc. Additionally, consider the fact that carnivores’s stomachs are a simple round sack that secretes ten times more chloridric acid that vegetarians’s stomachs. The human stomach in oblong in shape, and is very complicated and long. This causes meat to stay in the body for longer amounts of time which could even begin fermenting inside the body. This causes a large amount of toxins. If you are going to eat meat, it’s best to accompany it with a fresh salad with abundant vegetables. Avoid eating it more than twice a week.
Drinking digestive infusions is a stomach elixir. It’s best to drink chamomile, mint, and anise after eating. The only rule is that you have to drink them 20 minutes after having eaten, and try not to sweeten it.
- You should do some sort of physical activity to stimulate the intestines and help them with proper bowel movements. You should practice yoga or some other activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Reach for the rawest of foods that contain a lot of fiber, like whole grains.
- Avoid irritants, vinegars, and alcohol.
- Chew slowly and enjoy your food. Never eat in a hurry.
- Take small bites and surround the food with your saliva.
- If you’re stressed or were just recently angry, it’s best to wait until you are more relaxed.
- Avoid combining sugar or fruits with any other foods.
- Avoid stress of pressures that could cause the stomach to fill with gas and become inflamed. This will also make for a heavy digestion.
- Your first food of the day should be a citrus fruit or lemon juice tea. This helps clean toxins that collected in the body overnight.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 05/18/2018
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