Digestive Aids

A recent German study has found the proton pump inhibitor drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid etc. increase the risk of dementia. Many people take these drugs for heartburn and other gastric ailments. The idea is that they reduce the amount of stomach acid. If you suffer from these disorders, talk to your doctor about some natural alternatives. Please do not stop taking any medication without first speaking to your doctor. 

1. Eat more fermented foods. Include more sauerkraut, buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, kimchi, miso, or sourdough into your diet. Fermented foods contain beneficial bacteria that aid in digestion. These foods help your digestive system to better absorb the nutrients from the other foods you are eating. 

2. Include fish oil such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. The healing benefits in the EPA of the fish oil soothe and heal those suffering from ailments such as Crohn’s or inflammatory bowel disease.

3. Add ginger to your food. Ginger speeds up the process of food moving from the stomach to the upper digestive tract. It has muscle relaxant properties that soothe a constricted digestive tract, it also helps relieve gas, and bloating. Ginger is also a good heartburn remedy and combats nausea.

4. Peppermint is a helpful herb for digestion. Peppermint is an antispasmodic which soothes and relaxes the bowels. If one suffers from irritable bowel syndrome, peppermint can be very calming. The best way to consume peppermint is to make a tea.

5. Consume enough high quality fluids, such as herbal tea and water. Water especially helps everything flow properly. Dehydration can cause constipation and a whole other host of issues. 

6. Consume home made bone broth. Bone broth contains minerals, a gut soothing gelatin, as well as amino acids proline and glycine. The bone broth attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices. It is very soothing and healing. 

7. Magnesium for digestion. Every single cell in the body requires it, without magnesium, your body cannot digest food. Magnesium is responsible for activating digestive enzymes. It aids in synthesizing protein, as well as helping to transport energy during digestion. 

8. Take a good quality probiotic. While fermented foods contain probiotics, if you are suffering from digestive issues, a good probiotic is beneficial. Probiotics help control harmful bacteria in the body, and prevent gas and bloating. 

9. Eat good quality fats such as coconut oil, grass fed butter, cod liver oil, and olive oil. Those that suffer from constipation can be helped by consuming good fats. Good fats help move the food right along the digestive tract. 

10. Make apple cider vinegar part of your daily routine. Add a teaspoon to a cup of water before meals. Research has shown that apple cider vinegar helps with gas, constipation, and heartburn. 

Mother Nature has provided us with so many digestive aids. Try some to see if they help with your digestive ailments. Many of them can be incorporated into meals or they are easy enough to take daily. 

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