Healthy digestion plays a major part in our overall health. Did you know that around 40 Million Americans have been diagnosed with a Digestive Disease? These can range from constipation, diverticulitis, Crohn's, IBS, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, and ulcers. With this huge rise in Digestive Diseases, here are some tips that not many people know about. These things can help keep your digestion running smoothly.
- No Cold Foods or Beverages
This comes as a surprise to most people. Basically, our digestive organs must be at a certain (warm) temperature in order for them to work properly. If we are constantly freezing our stomach with the things we are eating, it will slow down the digestion. When the digestion is slowed down, it also slows down our metabolism, and stores excess in the body. This excess in Chinese Medicine is known as "Dampness". Dampness can cause weight gain, foggy head, muscles pains, joint pains, and fatigue. It is recommended to drink room temperature water and other fluids to prevent this from happening. It's also best to eat cooked foods, rather than raw or cold foods directly from the fridge.
- Taking the Time
It's easy to eat a quick lunch while working on the computer, or standing during a break. However, this also slows down digestion. It is important to eat sitting down, and be mindful of slowly chewing all the food we are eating. It's also best to avoid any stress or conflict during a meal. I recommend to my patients to eat on a schedule. Always eat breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day, along with eating at similar times every day. Our bodies love working on a schedule. Diet is a major factor in our digestion as well.
- Regular Acupuncture
Acupuncture can help decrease the inflammation in our guts, and strengthen our digestive organs. Many acupuncture treatments also focus on controlling appetite and cravings. Acupuncture points are used on channels that are connected to organs involved in digestion. Regular acupuncture treatments can strongly benefit any digestive disorder.
Moxibustion can be used as a great therapy to benefit lots of digestive issues. This herb warms our digestion to promote healthy organ function. It decreases inflammation, and can help regulate healthy bowel movements.
- Herbal Medicine
There are many Chinese herbal formulas that can decrease unwanted symptoms with IBS, constipation, diarrhea, Crohn's, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and much more. Just like acupuncture, they help to reduce inflammation, and strengthen the digestion. In many cases, I have seen herbal medicine reverse the unwanted affects of digestive disorders, and repair the damage. Their are hundreds of natural herbs that can promote a healthy digestion.