Diet

Food Combinations for Good Digestion

The basic premise of proper food combining is that when foods are combined correctly, they absorb properly during digestion and they digest efficiently. When foods are combined incorrectly, they can’t be absorbed during digestion. Weight gain is very often a result of improper eating rather than of too many calories. Proper food combining is based on the chemistry of digestion – simple physiological formulas. For example when you combine starches with proteins (like meat with potatoes) they each conflict with the digestion of the other, causing digestion to slow, and even not properly to occur. We are told about all of these new digestive disorders that now have names “IBS” “Acid Reflux.” I just don’t believe in them. My guess is that maybe 1% have the actual disorder as doctors are defining it. But I have known people personally and there are thousands on the web that have cured these “disorders” or “diseases” by changing their diets. For people who suffer from gas, indigestion, acid stomach, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, bad breath, proper food combining is one of these simple approaches that can cause huge transformations. Today’s food combining lesson: don’t combine starches with proteins. They digest differently, each causing the other to digest more slowly and improperly. This contributes to afore mentioned problems like bloating, indigestion, weight gain, and many more problems. Avoid combinations like meat and potatoes, chicken and rice. Eat veggies with your meats: lots of them. If you have steamed veggies, put them in a bowl (after cooking) and toss with a little extra virgin olive oil and good quality natural salt and pepper. If you eat sandwiches, stick to vegetable only sandwiches like avocado and sprouts, portabello mushroom with roasted peppers. Stuff like that.
By |January 29th, 2014|Diet|0 Comments

Why Pistachios Are Good for Digestion

A pistachio is like Jack Nicholson’s character Randle McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”: a nut with a hard shell covering a center of genuine goodness. An interesting study reveals the amount of healthful bacteria in the poop of people who ate pistachios compared to that of people who ate other nuts or none at all. Pistachios came out the winner for promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive tract. Almonds ranked No. 2 (no pun intended). What’s so special about this little green seed? It’s packed with dietary fiber and nutrients such as B6, thiamin, manganese, and copper. Bacteria in our guts — necessary for a healthy digestive and immune system — dine happily on that mixture. Gut bacteria are a hungry lot. Five hundred to 1,000 species of bacteria live in our intestines (the total count of bacteria inside you is in the trillions). This community can make up 3 to 5 pounds of your body weight and about 60% of the solid matter in your feces. That’s why you need to constantly replenish and nurture your intestinal flora (such a pretty-sounding word for the bacteria that lives inside us). So, have a handful of pistachios (1 ounce is 160 calories) in place of a nutrient-empty snack, such as chips or soda, and you’ll crack the secret to better digestive health. (By the way, eating a handful of walnuts 30 minutes before a meal can help you lose weight.)
By |January 28th, 2014|Diet|0 Comments

Benefits of red Wine for Digestion

Red wine not only goes well with a nice meal, it helps the stomach convert potentially harmful chemicals into less dangerous molecules before they’re circulated in the body, according to a new study slated to be published in an upcoming journal of Toxicology. A team of Portuguese researchers found that specific polyphenols in red wine trigger the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes the stomach wall, helping to optimize digestion. According to co-author Dr. João Laranjinha, an associate professor at the Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, the research bucks current theory. Since the 1990s, many researchers have believed that many of wine’s observed health benefits are due to the antioxidative properties of polyphenols. Studies have found wine appears to counteract deleterious, oxidative injury to the body’s molecules and cells, as with chronic, inflammatory conditions such as atherosclerosis, a condition in which fatty material collects along the walls of arteries. Many of these studies suggest that people would need to consume impossibly large amounts of red wine in order to see any antioxidative benefit, because polyphenols are extensively metabolized during absorption in the intestines, said Laranjinha. Estimates range anywhere from a couple of bottles per day, to 10,000 per week. While in large doses nitric oxide is a pollutant, in smaller amounts it can dilate arteries, helping blood flow. It also has the ability to “relax” the walls of the stomach, allowing nutrients to pass more freely into the bloodstream. In the earlier study, Laranjinha and his team noted that red wine showed a higher level of another chemical, called ethyl nitrite, when compared to non-alcoholic beverages and brandy. Ethyl nitrite, they found, reacts with potentially harmful free radicals, […]

Five Foods for Better Digestion

1.)    Zucchini is high in both water and fiber, making it a great food for promoting good digestive health and detoxifying the body. Snack on some fresh zucchini spears during the day or serve a zucchini and corn salad with dinner. 2.)    Okra is a great source of folate and fiber, excellent for promoting digestive health. It also contains potassium, which helps to keep our electrolytes in balance and bloating at bay. 3.)    Beans are not only loaded with fiber that helps us keep our digestive systems in working order, but also are packed with protein, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Aim to eat 2-3 servings per week of low-sodium canned beans (or dry ones you soak overnight). Serve them with shopped onions to help lower cholesterol and detoxify the body too. 4.)    Chicory contains a good amount of fiber, which helps promote healthy digestion. The more that we are able to digest our food, the easier it is to lose weight. Like onions, chicory is low in calories. 5.)    Oatmeal is not only high in fiber, but also a fantastic source of vitamin B complex, meaning that this healthy carbohydrate is not only great for your digestive system, but also wonderful for your nervous system and even for your bones. But don’t just think of oats as a breakfast food. Rather, serve oats with beans, chicory, olive oil and a bit of salt for a savory take on oatmeal perfect for lunch or dinner – and great for your digestive system
By |January 11th, 2014|Diet|0 Comments

Coffee Digestion

Most people enjoy a cup of coffee. It is indeed a tasty beverage. Americans are addicted to it and drink a lot of coffee during the day. In India the southerners prefer coffee in the morning whereas in the north of India people take tea. Coffee digestion which is very much confused and we would try to discuss more about it here. It is indeed enjoyable to have a hot cup of creamy coffee after a good meal. Some prefer to have it black or without sugar. Which ever way, the fact remains one does relish it a lot. Coffee is considered to be good for digestion no doubt, but some feel otherwise. Some experts opine that it causes stomach upsets and is a stimulant and is bad for one’s health. Many people are addicted to it. They simply cannot do without their morning cup of coffee. Coffee is supposed to help digestion. How? How does coffee help digestion? ◾Coffee as an infusion aids digestion. ◾Too much boiling of coffee may be not good for digestion. ◾It is good to have after a meal as it aids digestion. ◾It increases the acid level in one’s stomach thus promoting protein digestion.   Some experts view that coffee does not help digestion. How?   Why coffee does not help digestion? ◾It contains caffeine which is not good for health and can cause acidity. ◾One experiences stomach upsets. ◾Coffee is a stimulant and it acts upon one’s gastro-intestinal tract. ◾Coffee is supposed to increase stress hormones ◾It acts a s a laxative.   Coffee no doubt is an enjoyable drink but it can aid digestion as well as cause upset stomach. Whatever said and done coffee lovers cannot do without it.
By |January 8th, 2014|Diet|0 Comments

Eat More Bananas to Improve Digestion

Digestive disorders affect tens of millions of Americans, but diet is rarely examined as a cause or solution in conventional medicine. Certain foods have the power to soothe and heal the digestive system. Bananas, in particular, offer benefits for those suffering from digestive ailments and poor gut health. Bananas are coincidentally recommended for easing both constipation and diarrhea, and their benefits extend to the entire digestive system. Bananas Are Easy to Digest When digestive health is weak, it may be hard for your body to assimilate the nutrients from the food you eat. Adding easy to digest foods to your diet eases digestive strain and provides your body with energy to heal. Compared to complex starches, the carbohydrates in bananas are easily broken down into energy for your cells. Bananas Are Full of Prebiotics Bananas are a rich source of fructooligosaccharides, a prebiotic that feeds friendly bacteria in the digestive system. Prebiotics are crucial for improving the balance of gut flora in your digestive tract, and most likely far more effective than probiotics. When populations of beneficial bacteria are fed well with prebiotics, they can establish a stronghold in the gut to fend off overgrowth of pathogenic organisms like yeast. Even the most potent probiotic supplement doesn`t stand a chance if the live cultures don`t receive the nourishment they need once they reach the gut. Feeding your digestive system with fructooligosaccharides will help ensure that friendly bacteria have the fuel they need to do their job. Bananas are one of the easiest ways to include more prebiotics in your diet.      
By |December 21st, 2013|Diet|0 Comments

Does Yogurt Help Digestion?

Your digestive tract contains living bacteria that are important in metabolic functions that support digestion, the digestive system and produce essential nutrients for your body. Keeping these bacteria in balance is essential to good health. Yogurt that contains probiotics helps your digestive system function properly. Probiotic yogurts are fermented dairy products that contain beneficial bacteria. Not all yogurts are considered probiotic, so check the label for the statement “live active cultures.” Lactobacillus Acidophilus Probiotic yogurts can contain a variety of live active bacteria cultures that aid in digestion. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one bacterium that aids digestion in the small intestine. Lactobacillus acidophilus also produces vitamin K, which is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps your blood clot, or coagulate. Bifidobacterium Lactis Another beneficial bacteria in probiotic yogurt is bifidobacterium lactis, which improves digestive comfort. Bifidobacterium lactis helps your digestion and has been shown to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, according to a study headed by D. Guyonnet, published in the 2009 issue of the “Journal of Digestive Disease.” Bifidobacterium lactis also helps to prevent constipation and irregularity. Adding probiotic yogurt with a variety of live active cultures to your diet will aid digestion and may help prevent chronic intestinal disease. Streptococcus Thermophilus Streptococcus thermopohilus is another beneficial bacteria in probiotic yogurt. Streptococcus thermopohilus bacteria fight lactic acid bacterium that can impede proper digestion of your food. Streptococcus thermophilus soothes the stomach, which helps to reduce upset stomach and lactose intolerance. The beneficial effects in the digestive tract include improved lactose digestion, and reduce abdominal pain, diarrhea and flatulence from indigestion. Live and Active Cultures Standards Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobactium lactis and streptococcus thermophilus are the more common bacteria found in yogurt, but there are other strains of beneficial bacteria such as […]

Easily Digestible Foods

Well-Cooked Green Leafy Vegetables Green leafy vegetables are high in insoluble fiber, therefore easier to digest. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals, and unlike high fat foods do not slow down the digestion process. These vegetables also increase the production of enzymes that help to detoxify the digestive system. So, if your digestive system has become sluggish, eating green leafy vegetables like spinach, alfalfa sprouts, zucchini and squash is recommended. Rice Doctor often recommend to include more rice in the diet for better digestion. The contents of rice often help to stimulate the digestion process. The digestive system has to do minimal amount of work to promote breakdown of carbohydrates present in rice. Although brown rice is a healthier option, white rice is digested quickly than brown rice. The carbohydrates present in white rice are converted to sugar at a faster rate, hence white rice is digested pretty quickly. Fruits Fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya and oranges requires very less time to get digested due to their high water content. Watermelon is considered to be the most quickly digestible food, with a digestion time of around 20 minutes. Whereas, fruits like bananas, peaches and apricots contain certain enzymes that also help promote digestion. Boiled Chicken If you are thinking what to give to a person with an upset tummy, skinless boiled chicken can be a good choice. Meal consisting of low fat chicken and cooked rice certainly won’t irritate your gastrointestinal tract and burden your digestive system, as these are very easy to digest. Oats Oats are very easy to digest as they are high in dietary fiber. People with digestion problems are often advised to include oats in their diet. Whole-grain oat foods that include oat bran and oatmeal […]
By |December 19th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments

Treating Digestive Problems with Fresh Pineapple

Suffering from digestive issues isn’t fun. Sometimes you end up with an upset stomach or the runs. One of the best whole foods we can use to help promote healthy digestion and ease digestion discomforts is Pineapples. Pineapples contain medicinal properties in them that help soothe and comfort the stomach naturally when it is in distress. How Does Pineapples Help Digestive Issues? Well, pineapples contain digestive a digestive enzyme in them called, “Bromelain”. Bromelain helps break down hard to digest proteins in our digestive tract naturally so we do not end up with gas, bloating, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, burping or constipation Best Ways to Eat Pineapples to Prevent and Relieve Digestive Issues The key to preventing digestive issues is eating fresh well ripened sliced of pineapple in between meals throughout the day. However, the pineapple slices must be fresh for them to contain medicinal doses of Bromelain in them to help prevent digestive discomforts. However, fresh frozen pineapples are options too. If you’re trying to relieve digestive discomforts after a meal have one cup of fresh pineapple for dessert or snack and it should soothe any digestive discomforts you may have right away. If you find eating slices of fresh pineapple hard to do, you may make fresh pineapple smoothies using organic yogurt or a pineapple slushy using ice and water. When I have digestive discomforts I prefer to apple 1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks into a blender with some ice to make a pineapple slushy because I find it is more soothing than just eating fresh pineapples. In addition, I find it help hydrate me better especially if my digestive discomforts caused diarrhea and vomiting. Pineapples for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Those of you who suffer from irritable […]
By |December 17th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments

Combining Foods for Better Digestion

You’ve heard it before; “you are what you eat.” But there is more truth to that old adage than you know. How we feel on a daily basis is a direct result of what we put into our bodies and how or when we put it in there. Improper food combining in the short term can cause gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, stomach ache etc. In the long term you may suffer from symptoms of IBS, ulcers, arthritis, hypoglycemia, eczema, colon cancer and so on. Here’s the problem, you think you’re eating healthy on a daily basis, you’re getting your five servings of fruits and vegetables, 25-30 grams of fiber, and you’re drinking plenty of water. So why do you still feel bad? The answer may be in how you are eating and the combinations of foods that you are eating. Each food that we put in our body affects our digestive system in its own way. They each take a certain amount of time and certain types of enzymes to be properly digested. Combining certain foods can lead to improper digestion and a chain reaction of digestive discomfort.   Digestion and Eating Behaviors In order to adjust the combinations of foods that we eat, we first need to look at our eating behaviors. If we can correct our behaviors, using proper food combining will become easier. Eat Consciously. The first rule of digestion that almost everyone violates is over-consumption. It may sound shocking, but you can survive on one-third of your daily food intake. Our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs. The number one cause of indigestion is over-consumption. One problem is that our brains are about ten minutes behind our stomachs. This means that once our stomachs are full, […]