Premature Aging, Heartburn, Indigestion, Gas, and Other Digestive Disturbances
Poor digestion can cause premature aging. This is the number-one reason to improve your digestion!
Premature gray hair can be a sign of poor digestion. Here’s why: The minerals zinc and copper and the B vitamin PABA are most responsible for preventing gray hair. If you cannot break them down or absorb them because of poor digestion, you may have gray hair. Many so-called signs of aging like shrinking in height, joint problems, as well as premature graying hair can be helped when you have good digestion.
Poor digestion can cause all kinds of health problems, not just digestive disturbances. Faulty digestion can often bring on chronic fatigue, arthritis, poor skin and hair quality, allergies, cancer, osteoporosis, and reduced immune function. When your body is under these kinds of stressors, it’s also easy to feel bad about yourself. This makes you more susceptible to anger, depression, mood swings, and rage. Poor digestion can also throw your blood sugar out of balance, which can trigger anger, crying spells, allergies, loss of sex drive, poor concentration, insomnia, and violence. Good digestion is very important for your health and wellbeing and good digestion starts with chewing.
Heartburn, Indigestion, Gas, Acid Reflux, etc.
Heartburn, indigestion, gas, and acid reflux are all signs that your digestion is not working the way it should. You might need digestive enzymes to breakdown food so that it can be absorbed and help you feel your best. If you do not have the right amount of digestive enzymes it can cause your body to strain to digest. Digestion might take a long time since digestive enzymes are essential for your body to digest food. When your stomach is straining to digest food due to a lack of enough enzymes it can cause the food to ferment creating gas. This gas then builds up and causes you to burp. If you are also low in B vitamins (they keep the valves that open and close the outlets to the stomach healthy) gas can escape causing belching and burping. If the food is fermenting a lot because it has been in the stomach for a long time, it can even cause an acid type liquid to come up into the esophagus and even the back of your throat. That is called acid reflux. This is the result of not enough acid or digestive enzymes. When you take an antacid you reduce the digestive enzymes even more and create poor digestion. Minerals need digestive enzymes to break them down so you will also become deficient in minerals, especially if you take antacids regularly. The two minerals that were shown to be the most affected by lack of stomach enzymes are calcium and iron, both essential for women.
Osteoporosis and Digestion
A double-blind trial of elderly women taking the popular OTC drug omeprazole (Prilosec®), which was reported in 2005 in the American Journal of Medicine, showed two things: one, that excess stomach acid is no longer considered the cause of ulcers, and two, that reducing the amount of stomach acid with omeprazole reduced the absorption of important nutrients, including calcium, iron, and vitamin B12, all of which are essential for health in older adults. The researchers’ conclusions were that taking this acid blocker could contribute to anemia and other health problems and render the women more susceptible to bacterial or fungal overgrowth in their stomach or intestines. Researchers also noted that reduced calcium intake and absorption have been associated with increased risk of bone fractures, bone loss, and osteoporosis. It is very important to chew each mouthful until it is liquid to improve digestion and mineral absorption.
Stress Stops Digestion
Part of the stress response, called the fight-or-flight response, causes digestion to stop. Every time you experience any stress—no matter how small—you must remember to chew your food to start digestion again. Or you might want to take a digestive supplement that contains all the essentials for good digestion.
Stress Stops Digestion—Chewing Starts Digestion
Enzymes are proteins that facilitate specific chemical reactions. Every action and reaction in your body is possible because of enzymes. When you blink, move your arm, or run, enzymes make it possible. Digestive enzymes facilitate the chemical breakdown of food into smaller, absorbable components. Enzymes called amylases break down starches into sugar molecules; proteases break down proteins into amino acids; and lipases break down fat into its component parts. A good digestive enzyme supplement will contain all of these and often bromelain, betaine, or hydrochloric acid. Papaya and pineapple are often helpful as they contain enzymes that can help with digestion. Many Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formulas for assimilation and digestion contain herbs that can help as well.
- Chewing breaks down the actual food.
- Saliva starts the digestion of starches.
- Chewing starts the digestion process.
- Hunks of swallowed food can suppress your immune function.
- Undigested foods in the stomach can cause stress.
- Stress of all kinds stops digestion
If you want to be healthy, you will concentrate on chewing each mouthful until it is completely liquid in your mouth. Do not swallow it sooner. Do not wash the food down with a liquid. If you chew your food thoroughly, it will go down easily. Just like in the old proverb: Let your food be your liquid and your liquid be your food. Food that is thoroughly chewed will digest better and not stay in your stomach for too long creating fermentation and gas.
All starch begins to be digested with the saliva in your mouth. This means that to really digest starch—peas, carrots, potatoes, lima beans, corn, bread, wheat, rice, oats, grains, fruit, and anything made of them—you will need to chew it well, including carrot and beet juice. The ptyalin, also called amylase, in your saliva helps to digest starches of all kinds. So the more you chew starches the easier they are to digest.
Take the Chewing Test. Put a piece of food in your mouth. Please use real food like whole grains, fresh vegetables, or protein. Count the number of times you chew the mouthful. Start by counting the number of times you would normally chew it and write that down. Swallow the food. Now take another bite and chew it for ten times. How was that? Was it difficult? Is it really chewed enough? Are ten chews more than you chew each mouthful normally? Keep going; take another mouthful and chew it twenty times. That may be more difficult. Health experts say we should chew each mouthful fifty times! Who has that amount of time to eat? Who has that kind of patience? You should. I should. We all should. All food should be chewed until it is liquid before you swallow it.
How Do I Start?
The best way to start to improve your digestion is to take small bites and chew each mouthful until it is liquid before you swallow. Never wash your food down with a liquid. If you feel you have to do this you have not chewed your food enough. If conscious chewing does not completely help your digestion improve then you might want to take a complete digestive aid such as Assimilaid®. There are so many available now including vegan digestive supplements that talking to a helpful sales person can point you to the right type for you.
Eating real natural food can be healing to your body and mind. Fresh and raw food, especially organic vegetables and fruits, contains an energy that gives plants their vitality. This energy is similar to the light of the sun and fills all plant-based non-processed foods. To gain the healing benefits of this energy chewing is essential. Take a bite of some raw vegetable like organic carrot or kale. Hold it in your mouth for a second or two and feel the loving energy like a light radiating from the food. Let that vital healing energy fill your mouth and spread to the rest of your body as you consciously chew it releasing the healing power of the food. Feel your body becoming healthier, youthful, and more alive as you chew the food. Feel yourself becoming lighter and lighter as you chew. Feel yourself becoming less stressed and more peaceful as you absorb the energy of the light that is in all things fresh and vital. Unite with this universal healing element in all fresh and vital foods. Feel the plant sterols healing your immune system as you lovingly break them down for your body to assimilate and revitalize. Enjoy the healing power of the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in the food as you chew each mouthful until it is liquid. Feel peace and joy spread throughout your body as you become vital and alive and filled with positive energy. This is what food is meant to do restore, revitalize, and energize your body and attract health and healing into your life. Eating should be an act of love, a way to get healthy and stay healthy that uplifts your body, mind, and spirit.
You will feel younger and more vibrant when you improve your digestion with chewing and eliminate heartburn, indigestion, gas, and acid reflux.
This blog is for educational purposes and should not be construed as diagnosing or prescribing anything that can cure a disease. Nor should it be a substitute for seeing your doctor. If you have a health condition, check with your practitioner before doing these or any exercises.
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