Are we all aware of the importance and absolute crucial nature of a healthy and thriving digestive system? Without optimal functioning of stomach, intestines, kidneys and liver, our bodies would deteriorate from decay and waste.
It is with the aide of these organs that allow our bodies to maximize to its fullest potential. Our digestive system is designed to, clear out the waste, or, in more blatant terms: go #2. (Or however you’d like to phrase it.)
Here are some tips to create a healthy environment for your inner body to thrive at its most optimal level:
1. Drink coconut water and eat coconut meat.
This stuff is so nourishing and refreshing for the body. Each sip consists of simple sugar, electrolytes and minerals to replenish the hydration levels within the body. If your inner body is not hydrated, that means your organs are not moisturized and hydrated enough to aide in the pushing out process of the digestive tract.
2. Eat vegetables and fruits.
Veggies and fruits are low in calories and fats, but high in dietary fiber, which means they will provide you the nutrients needed to prevent constipation for healthy bowel movements.
High-fiber veggies include: avocado, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, chickpeas, garbanzos, eggplant, kale, collard, lima beans, mushrooms, potato, pumpkin, peppers, rhubarb, spinach, sweet potatoes.
High fiber fruits include: apple, avocado, banana, berries, figs, raisins, guava, kiwi, orange, pear, prunes.
3. Get some triphala - The three sacred fruits!
Triphala is an Ayurvedic formula made from the powder of three fruits: Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki. The literal translation of the Sanskrit word “triphala” is “three fruits.” For more info on this, please see my MBG article on triphala. This potent concoction is believed to care for the human body’s internal organs, specifically, the intestinal tract, as a mother cares for her own children.
4. Get some digestive enzymes and probiotics.
Digestive enzymes help our bodies break down the food we eat. They are found in our saliva, stomachs and small intestine. As we age as humans, around the age of 30, we decrease our level of production of enzymes. Receiving the proper amount of enzymes will help in gas and bloating and will make you less tired.
Probiotics are “good” and “friendly” bacteria that live in our intestinal tract. they keep the environment of our digestive system fertile and thriving. They keep our pH levels conducive for absorption, as well as digestion. They also support in peristalsis, the muscular contraction that moves food and waste through our digestive tract as well as providing a “boost” to the immune system.
5. Have an apple cider vinegar “shot.”
Apple cider vinegar is one of Nature’s gems and secrets along side triphala, grapefruit seed extract and water. There is an infinite list of why ACV is great for the body to intake, but one of the key elements as to why is simply because it is a vinegar, which is a product of fermentation. I recommend a small shot of apple cider vinegar a day. Any fermented foods contain the acids, vitamins, minerals, salts and bacterias needed to aide in easing digestion and washing away toxins from the body.