The Six Essentials to Perfect Digestion
Proper digestion is one of the key elements to feeling good, maintaining a youthful look and preventing disease. The negative side of improper digestion includes a build up of toxins that cause fatigue, accelerated aging, Acid-Reflux, Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) and other digestive disorders. It is important to note, that even though you may be eating healthy, the nutrients and minerals will not be properly absorbed in your body without proper digestion.
These are ways to keep you balanced:
Fiber: High fiber diets protect the colon, nourish the intestinal flora and reduce the incidence of colon disorders, including cancer. Soluble fiber binds to toxins for excretion from the body. Examples of high fiber foods are grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Flora: Flora exists as bacteria in a healthy, productive state when fermentation in the body follows a normal pattern. Fermentation is responsible for hormone production, immune function, control of glucose, cholesterol metabolism and synthesis, and normal bowel elimination. Cultured foods or probiotic foods contain enormous amounts of these beneficial bacteria, and we recommend eating these foods on a daily basis.
Fluids: Fluids are important to help your body cleanse and detoxify, keep you hydrated, and aid in digestion. Drink warm teas or soups with your meals, Fluids are also naturally found in fruits and vegetables. As stated in the Body Ecology Diet book, we recommend drinking lots of fresh juice drinks containing mostly celery, kale, broccoli stems, spinach and lettuce, with the addition of a little sour green apple.
Fats: Body Ecology recommended fats are mostly raw and from plant sources. They include: unrefined coconut, extra virgin olive, pine nut, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, evening primrose, borage and black currant seed oils. Fats from raw or cultured butter and sour cream are also acceptable, as well as fats from the meat of young coconuts or avocados.
Foods: Choose organic and fresh whenever possible. Eat dark green leafy vegetables and ocean vegetables on a regular basis. Include mineral rich sea salts (we recommend the Grain & Salt Society brand), herbs and spices, as they are medicinal. Adrenals must have minerals or you will have no energy to cleanse.