Do you struggle with digestive problems more than you should? Have you got to the stage where you’re afraid to eat certain foods or even whole meals because of the after effects?
If you’re one of the 70 million Americans with some kind of digestive disorder or the 1 in 10 Australians who suffer from GERD, then this article is definitely for you…
I know how frustrating it is to suffer with acid reflux, IBS, constipation, gas and gastritis, because I was once just like you.
My only (temporary) relief came from antacids and elevated pillows to keep me from waking up in the middle of the night.
Thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way… so I found out. I feel blessed to have been shown a natural cure for reflux acid and want to share my best tips with you now…
Tip #1 – Increase whole, ripe, raw fruits and vegetables in your diet
You know you should, but you’re scared of irritating your already-inflamed digestive tract? I can totally relate to this.
However, the flip-side is that it’s only the nutrients in whole, ripe, raw and preferably organic fruits and veggies that are going to heal your condition.
Cooked food unfortunately has most of the nutrients cooked out. So how do you give your body what it needs without hurting it?
For a period of time you’ll need to cut acidic foods (like tomatoes, oranges, pineapples) from your menu, and focus on soothing fruits and vegetables like bananas, papayas and leafy green vegetables. Bananas, specifically, are a magical healing food. They’re actually a pre-biotic, which means that they provide the conditions for good bacteria to flourish in your intestinal tract.
It didn’t take me long to move beyond this stage (about 4 weeks) and then I was able to start introducing small quantities of acid fruits again. Now I’m able to consume a litre of OJ with no problems at all.
Tip # 2 – Cut down on fat
If you’re eating a standard western diet replete with meat, eggs and dairy then you are eating a lot of excess fat and this is not helping your digestive system. Fat seriously slows down digestion leading to fermentation and toxic bi-products. Fat also coats the cells of our bodies preventing optimal nutrient assimilation.
Most people have very little awareness of how much fat they’re eating, because we can’t taste fat like we can sugar or salt. A really good way of finding out how much you’re eating is by logging 3 or 4 days worth of meals into an online diet diary like cronometer.com, fitday.comor nutridiary.com.
Many health organizations like the World Health Organisation and nutrition specialists like those for the Olympic bodies recommend we consume no more than 10% of calories from fat. This is equivalent to about one half of an avocado for someone on a 2000 calorie/day diet.
Tip #3 – Green Smoothies for breakfast
Chlorophyll is going to play a major role in improving your digestive health but because of your low stomach acid you’re going to find it a challenge to chew through all the green vegetables you need for healing.
Enter the green smoothie… Looks like a witch’s brew, tastes divine. And, if you start with one of these babies first thing it will set you up for a day of craving healthy foods rather than garbage. Here’s an easy and super tasty recipe to try.
Banana-Berry Green Smoothie
1-2 cups water
1 cup of berries
2-4 cups of romaine (aka cos) lettuce
Note: If you’re new to the green smoothie start with a few handfuls of greens and work up to more. Also, if you pulse blend your smoothie it will taste sweeter due to less oxidization and will give you something to chew on rather than just slugging it back.
Tip #4 – Pay attention to proper food combining
Your body produces different digestive enzymes for different food types (proteins and starches, fats, sweet fruits) and when you combine certain foods in a meal (eg. Protein and starch) the enzymes effectively cancel each other out making it very difficult for your meal to be digested.
Try this out next time you have a meal: If you have a starch like potato or rice, combine it with vegetables and avoid protein at that meal. If you have a protein, steer away from starchy vegetables.
Experiment and see how it affects your digestion. I guarantee it will make a big difference.
Make sure you eat fruit on an empty stomach (in the early part of the day) because fruit digests the most quickly of any food and you don’t want it to be held up and fermenting in your digestive tract because you ate heavier foods before it.
Tip#5 – Go on a Raw Food Cleanse
A period of time where you just eat whole, ripe, raw fruits and vegetables is simply the best way I know of resetting your whole system and giving your digestive system a rest.
Raw fruits and vegetables, particularly if they’re juiced or blended, require a lot less energy to digest and will free up your body to focus on healing. Even a short period of time like 7 days will allow you to heal. During this cleanse focus on mono-fruit meals with some leafy greens either blended in, juiced or munched whole.
Life is just too short to waste any moments in pain and ill-health, so do what you can to educate yourself about natural cures for acid reflux gerd and other digestive disorders.
Try my suggestions and please let me know how you go.
Anthea Frances is an author, raw food health coach and host of the Raw Life Summit series. Grab a copy of her free Balanced Raw Vegan Nutrition Checklist and start improving your health today!