0:00 Improving digestion 0:23 Breaking down the digestive tract—stomach 2:25 Breaking down the digestive tract—bile 3:52 Breaking down the digestive tract—enzymes 5:10 Breaking down the digestive tract—flora 6:05 Breaking down the digestive tract—P.N.S
In this video, we’re going to talk about how to speed up your digestion. If you have constipation, indigestion, gas, bloating, or stomach pain, this video is for you. I’m actually going to break down each part of your digestive tract and explain a little bit about it. Breaking down the digestive tract:
Stomach — Acid is the key thing in your stomach. It helps you break down protein, absorb certain minerals, and kill pathogens. Many people do not have enough strong acid in their stomach.
To support healthy stomach acid levels, consider:
• Hydrochloric acid (betaine hydrochloride) • Salt • Potassium • Apple cider vinegar • Kombucha tea
• Antacids • Calcium carbonate Bile — Bile is made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile helps you break down fats. Supporting bile production can also help with bloating and belching.
To support bile production, consider:
• Bile salts • Beet tops • Ginger • Artichokes • Lemon • Milk thistle • Choline
• Decreasing friendly bacteria • Taking out the gallbladder if possible • A fatty liver situation
Enzymes — A lot of enzymes are produced by your pancreas. Your small intestine, stomach, and microbes in your intestines can also make certain enzymes. Enzymes help you break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Heat destroys enzymes.
To support enzymes, consider:
• Taking a blend of enzymes • Consuming more raw foods Consider avoiding: • Too many cooked foods • Pasteurized foods
Flora — This is your friendly bacteria. Most of the flora in your body are in your large intestine. To support your flora, consider: • Taking a probiotic • Consuming prebiotic foods (vegetable fiber)
Consider avoiding: • Frequent antibiotic use if possible • GMO foods P.N.S — Your parasympathetic nervous system is all about rest and digestion.
To support and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, consider: • Lowering stress • Increasing B1 • Increasing potassium • Increasing magnesium