1) Chew thoroughly, eat slowly – Digestion begins with chewing as saliva mixes with food and amylase enzymes begin carbohydrate digestion. Don’t eat while you are preoccupied, rushing, driving, etc, which can hinder digestion and lead to uncomfortable consequences and indigestion of food. Eating slower allows the brain to register fulfillment and not overeat. If you don't stuff yourself you leave room in your stomach for your body to churn your food, allowing for better digestion. Breathe between each bite and enjoy your food!
2) Use apple cider vinegar to aid digestion - You can enhance digestion by using 1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar with 2 oz warm, filtered water and drink with meals. Also delicious for making salad dressings.
3) Include cultured or lacto fermented vegetables with meals when possible – These foods are enzyme-rich and mineral-rich additions to your diet to aid digestion, eliminate toxins and restore/maintain a healthy inner ecosystem. Recommended are a few tablespoons of sauerkraut (Bubbie brand) or other cultured vegestables with each meal to aid digestion and as a source of natural probiotics. www.bodyecologydiet.com has other great resources and recipes to properly make these life giving foods!
4) Exercise, specifically rebound exercise – this is a great way to improve the tone of your digestive system as well as stimulate drainage and waste release out of the lymphatic system. Use of a rebounder has proven to be an efficient form of exercise with virtually no harmful side defects. Your cardiovascular fitness will excel, and you will be toning your body at the same time. It fires up cellular metabolism, energizing every cell with fresh oxygen and nutrients. This is the one I use!
5) Drink plenty of water, preferably filtered or reversed osmosis (avoid distilled) – Our bodies are mostly water, and so an ongoing intake of water is essential to our every function. Drink the appropriate amounts, and everything is much more likely to function at optimal levels. Don’t drink enough water, and over the short term you will experience routine fatigue, dry skin, headaches and constipation; over the longer term, every body function will degrade more quickly. The right amount is half your body weight in ounces of water per day!