12 Super Tips to Improve Your Digestion and Improve Your Life!

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Your body’s digestive system is one of the most important systems you have. Taking care of it and helping it do its job is something everyone should be aware of and know how to do.

Unfortunately, the only advice most of us ever get is chew well before you swallow, don’t drink salt water, and don’t swim after you eat. Our digestive system is much more complicated than that, however, but it’s often overlooked. Many people have seriously compromised digestive systems due to a lack of knowledge. This leads us to have many illnesses and annoying symptoms.

Stomach pain, headaches, bloating, excessive gas, diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, and lack of energy are all signs of problems within the digestive system. When this important part of your body is working properly, it provides support for the entire body so it can heal and restore itself.

The three major concerns for a compromised digestive system are the body’s inability to absorb nutrients from the foods we eat, energy loss, and a backed up lymphatic system.

When the colon becomes back logged the digestive system is then forced to constantly use energy to work it loose. The lymphatic system will then low down because most of the body’s waste material is removed from the body through the colon. This causes a serious back up of toxins that should be leaving the body but instead begin to build up and then pass through the intestines and into the cells. When the colon is backed up and/or our intestinal flora isn’t properly balanced, then we are not absorbing nutrients properly and none of the body’s vital organs are being supported properly.

It’s easy to see how all these things are tied together. In order to support the movement of waste that must exit the colon, we need to rebuild the internal flora of the digestive system. To do this, we will need to develop some new lifestyle habits as well as adopt healthier eating habits. In this way, the body can remove toxins, heal itself, and restore its natural balance and energy levels.

Take a look at the top 12 tips we have for improving your overall digestion. If you focus on your weak areas, you can improve them and thereby strengthen your digestive system, which will in turn, improve your energy levels and health.

 

1.  Hydration

Your entire body, especially your colon, must have adequate water in order to move things along. If your body is lacking water, then you need to do whatever it takes to be sure you are drinking sufficient amounts of water throughout the day.

This sometimes feels like a broken record “drink more water drink more water” but if it wasn’t so important, it wouldn’t need to be repeated endlessly. You need to drink between 3 to 6 liters of water every single day, depending on your situation. So drink, drink, and then drink some more. Find out reasons for dehydration.

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2. Whole Foods

This means unrefined and unprocessed foods or processed as minimally as possible. Whole foods do not generally have added ingredients such as salt or sugar.

Whole foods are the perfect and natural foods that Mother Nature gave to us to feed ourselves. We shouldn’t have to alter them much before eating.

Yes, this means eating a lot more organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and raw dairy.

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3. Move It!

Yes, we mean exercise. Active movement creates movement in your bowels and promotes, well, you know, poop. Exercises that involve major muscle groups such as when you do weight lifting or calisthenics, can improve your digestive capacity for up to 24 hours. So get that body going and get sweaty. It’s good for you. Read more about vital exercises you can do.

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4. Eat Foods with High Water Content

Eating raw fruits and veggies with a high water content is perhaps one of the best ways to hydrate our bodies, while giving it the highest possible nutritional content.

If you find that eating raw foods doesn’t agree with you, it’s because your digestive system is still severely compromised. Steam your veggies and see it that brings about an improvement.

Once your digestive system is working properly and your gut bacteria levels are more in balance, you will find that it’s easier to consume the raw foods that your body desperately needs.

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5. Get Sufficient Sleep

This is another broken record, right up there with “drink more water” but it’s just as important, which is why it continues to get repeated. Stop eating at least 2 hours before bedtime.

This reduces the amount of energy your body will need to spend digesting the food during the night when it should be resting. This energy is better used for other purposes than for the digestion of food. Also be sure you are getting a minimum of 7 to 9 hours sleep every night. It’s when you are sleeping that your body does most of its repairing, restoration, and removal of toxins.

So turn off that TV and put down your phone for the night and give your body the rest it needs.

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6. Sequential Eating and Combining Food

Our bodies use different types of enzymes in order to digest different types of foods. Some foods create a more alkaline environment in the body, and others create a more acidic environment.

When we eat certain food groups together it can create a neutral state in the digestive system so that foods do not get digested the way they should. Food combining is easier than you think.

Don’t mix starches and proteins; eat fruit on an empty stomach and by themselves. Eat greens whenever, wherever, and as much as you want, they mix with anything.

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7.  Eat Simple Meals

The less complex the meal the better our digestive system can sort through them.

Eat as simply as you can, which means the fewer ingredients in your food, the better.

You don’t have to change all at once, start slowly and work yourself towards eating more whole, raw foods.

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8. Mental State and Your Digestion

Stress is a silent killer. Before you sit down to eat, allow your mind to settle.

Don’t eat when you are angry or stressed out.

Do some deep breathing; perhaps take a short walk, or some meditation, whatever it takes to get your mind off your worries and into your food.

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9. Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes

These are two great supplements you can take to help improve your digestive system until it can take over for itself.

These are a must if you have any type of digestive problems at all.

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10.   Enemas and Colon-Hydrotherapy

These have gotten some bad press over the past few years with many people stating that they are unnatural or could even cause harm to the body.

Well, to those folks we would like to say that  diet sodas, regular sodas, fast food, sugar, and processed foods are not natural either but you don’t see anyone stopping those from being sold. Sometimes we need to use what some would consider “unnatural” means to regain a sense of balance in the body.

Many people find great relief in using enemas for cleaning out dangerous toxins in the colon that have gotten blocked from eating too much junk. 

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11. Eat bone broths

Bone broth, which is soup made from the carcasses of animals, is loaded with nutrients and good bacteria that our digestive systems need to work properly.

The natural gelatin in the broth also sooths our digestive tracks and allows for a better absorption of nutrients.

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12. Improve your magnesium intake

Many of us are extremely deficient in this vital mineral. It’s absolutely necessary for at least 300 reactions in your body to work properly.

This problem is easily fixed by either taking magnesium supplements or by using magnesium skin oil to help improve your levels of magnesium.

Many people who thought they didn’t have a digestive problem notice a huge improvement once they begin taking magnesium supplements. Find out signs of magnesium deficiency.

As always, implement these changes slowly and listen to your body. Without an optimally functioning digestive system, the body cannot heal itself.

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