Digestion issues are something that affects so many people in America every day. We all know someone personally that has been diagnosed with a digestion disease or inflammation problem. We all seem to suffer from an upset stomach from time to time and we rarely think anything of it, we quickly turn to pop a few Tums or Rolaids for fast relief. Too many times we rely on these over the counter antacids to help our stomach feel less pain and lower the bloating. It is not uncommon to hear when someone says I cannot have a certain food item due to its ingredients containing dairy, gluten, wheat, food allergies, food sensitivity we take it with a grain of salt and understand their pain. But my question is why do we suffer from poor digestion and rely on pills such as probiotics in order to feel more “regular” and whole.
70,000,000 people everyday suffer from digestion issues such as GERD, IBS, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Where did all these problems stem from and how do we help our gut feel better without running to the supermarket for fast relief? Good question, I am a firm believer of healing your inside by the choices of food that you eat. What you eat has a direct correlation with how you feel and I cannot help but wonder when someone has digestion problems why they do not reflect on what they are ingesting. We hear the phrase you are what you eat but does that register with us enough to stop us from making poor food decisions over and over again. I found writing in a food journal could help clarify the issue of “wow I cannot believe I ate that”. Writing in a food journal is therapeutic to see what someone may actually eat in a day and also help you to notice a difference in how you feel day by day. If you suffer from poor digestion one day and not the next then you have a paper trail of what you ate when your stomach was acting up. Digestion problems cause bloating, gassiness, constipation, diarrhea you name something that you would not want and it is caused by digestion problems. No one wants to suffer from these symptoms but thousands of Americans do every day. There are ways to help alleviate the pain that you may have by incorporating foods that help aid digestion.
A common question that I hear today is, how do you fix your gut health? Well here are some things that you could incorporate into your life today for starters. The best way to keep your gut healthy is to start eating fermented food. The best fermented foods for your internal health are:
Fermented foods are loaded with good bacteria that provide us with a good overall internal health. Most of these foods are easily accessible, which is awesome but even better is that you could make your own fermented foods! Research indicates that good probiotics help with food digestion and utilization. They help digest lactose and proteins as well as balance the pH and increase absorption of minerals. Probiotics help our bodies detoxify heavy metals as well as help us absorb minerals, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
So you suffer from poor digestion and you would like to learn how to make your own probiotics? We have an easy way to make your own pickles and you can make them just how you like them! Who would have known how easy it is to make your own pickles, and the fun thing is you are the cultivator of how you want them to taste and can add whatever spices you want.
Homemade Pickles Recipe:
- 1 clove of garlic
- 6 cucumbers
- 1 large Mason jar
- 1 teaspoon of dill
- Juniper berries, cloves
- 1 tbs of water dissolved in water in the Mason jar
- 1 grape leaf to keep the pickles crunchy
Have the jar sit on your counter for a few days and wait until you like the taste then put in the refrigerator. It only takes a few minutes to put the ingredients into the jar but the trick is to be able to wait until it is properly fermented to eat!
Another amazing probiotic food to eat that aids digestion for the stomach is sauerkraut. Sauerkraut has amazing benefits for your body it is known to help improve immune function, detoxify the body by helping to prevent infection. Sauerkraut is such a good source of vitamin B which is an awesome gut healer as well and it contains natural probiotics. Most importantly probiotics help control inflammation that it is the root of the problem of digestion issues. Making sauerkraut is so easy, after reading how easy it is I am sure you will never have to buy sauerkraut from the grocery store ever again! To make sauerkraut make sure you buy purple cabbage and take off the outer leaf of the cabbage and thinly slice the leaves. The probiotics that is on the red cabbage matures as it becomes sauerkraut and it is good to eat if you have any inflammation in your stomach. Once the cabbage is cut, add a tablespoon of salt and mash the cabbage with your hands. While mashing the cabbage you will notice a glistening color that will appear on your hands. These juices promote digestion and are natural lactic acid that inhibits growth of undesired intestinal bacteria and encourages the growth of good bacteria. Kneed the cabbage for a few minutes to make sure you are releasing the liquids to make sure you will be able to ferment the cabbage properly. After it is properly kneaded all you have to do is take it and put it into a Mason jar and voila you will have your own sauerkraut within a few days!
We have a lot of delicious recipes on our website that have benefits that will alleviate digestive problems. Log onto VWell Health and sign up to have a nutrition and wellness coach work alongside of you to become your best version of yourself! If you personally suffer from poor digestion and have any comments and tips you would love to share we would love to hear from you. Also join us on Facebook Livestream on our VWell Facebook page weekly.
Peace and Blessings