In today's busy world of processed foods, eating what is convenient and eating on the go, there are many common indigestion problems that people deal with. Indigestion is so common that some of the hottest selling products in America for many years have been various types of antacid remedies. If you are like many people, you would like to know how to cure indigestion and get rid of stomach pain, acid reflux and everything that goes with them. There is a very good chance that you can get relief by simply changing the way you eat. More specifically, by changing the way you combine your food types. As a matter of fact so many of the following ailments can be completely cured by changing the way you combine your foods, and they have very little to do with what kind of foods you are eating. Look at the list below. Do you suffer from any of these?
- Acid reflux
- Bloating and stomach rumbling after eating
- Stomach pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chances are that nearly everyone you know suffers from one or more of these energy stealing ailments. There are some very simple things you can do, without medication and without denying yourself the foods you love. It comes down to how you combine your different types of food.
All of the symptoms listed above in most cases are brought on by difficulties digesting your food. Your digestive process plays an extremely important role in maintaining a high energy level. If your foods do not digest efficiently and properly, you will pay with a loss of energy and most likely you will eventually suffer from one or more of the problems listed above. Digestion is one of the most important functions your body performs. Here are three simple things that can dramatically change your body's ability to digest food efficiently.
- Don't eat fruit with other types of food. Only eat fruit alone or twenty to thirty minutes before you eat any other type of food. If you think back to sometime when you may have eaten fruit for dessert, you may remember feeling bloated. There is a scientific explanation for why this happens, but the quick explanation is this: when fruit is eaten before previously eaten foods are digested, the fruit sort of sits on top and begins to ferment. It then creates gas and discomfort and slows down your digestive process..
- Don't mix meat and carbohydrates. This may almost seem un-American. The fact of the matter is however those meat and potatoes don't mix well. Here's why. The enzymes that your body secretes to digest carbohydrates is alkaline. The enzyme your body secretes to digest animal protein is acidic. When you combine an alkaline and an acid they neutralize and the result is: not much. In other words the meat and potatoes in your belly just kind of sit there and do all kinds of weird things except digest quickly. You now have the rumbles.
- Eat more fiber and drink more water every day. One of the most effective ways to improve your digestion is to eat a lot more fiber. You should have at least 25 grams of fiber a day. Good quality fiber found in vegetables and whole grains. If you are eating the right amounts of fiber than it's real important to drink lots of water throughout the day. The water is important because among other things, it kind of keeps things moving, if you know what I mean. One way to determine if you are getting enough water and fiber is if your visits to the "sandbox" are quick and satisfying. Most nutritionists recommend at least eight to ten large glasses of water per day minimum.