Why do you experience digestive dysfunction and how to support a properly functioning digestive system to eliminate your symptoms?
This is what I see day after day – clients DMing me on Instagram or booking discovery calls with the following experiences/symptoms:
- Diagnosed with IBS by the doctor and given no support other than eating low FODMAP
- Experiences chronic bloat and can’t figure out the triggers
- Irregular bowel movements with constipation for days on end or running to the bathroom 4x a day
Does any of this sound familiar?
Slapping a diagnosis or eliminating 30 foods isn’t going to help! What I work on with my clients is RESTORING and REPAIRING digestive FUNCTION. The problem isn’t the veggies or fruits you’re eating, it’s because of the digestive system dysfunction.
What does digestive dysfunction look like?
- Eating in a sympathetic nervous system state
- Not chewing enough
- Low salivary amylase
- Low stomach acid
- Poor protein breakdown
- Inappropriate communication at the duodenum
- Low digestive enzyme output
- Low liver bile production
- Bile stasis
- Mucosal tissue damage
- Hyperpermeable gut
- Low or high motility of bowels
SUPPORTING DIGESTIVE FUNCTION
So instead of cutting out onions and garlic, you have to address the function of the digestive system. So here are my TOP THREE tips for improving digestive function and eliminating your uncomfortable symptoms.
- Eat in a parasympathetic tone and wake up the digestive system
- Take time and sit when eating
- Take 5 deep breaths before eating
- Begin a meal with a gratitude practice
- “Wake up” the digestive system with bitters tincture
- Chew food 15-30x
- Support the stomach, liver, and gallbladder
- Drink a cup of water with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to stimulate stomach acid production
- Consume bitter foods or digestive bitters and adequate protein (my favorite protein powder) and fat at each meal to stimulate bile production
- Consume natural food-sourced enzymes: banana, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, avocado, fermented vegetables, kefir, or supplement with digestive enzymes
- Nourish the small and large intestines
- Consume healing nutrients: zinc, glutamine, cabbage juice, celery juice, chlorophyll, aloe vera juice, okra, and collagen
- Avoid inflammatory foods: gluten, sugar, soy, conventional dairy, alcohol, seed oils
- Nurture healthy gut microbiota: consume prebiotics like artichoke, asparagus, plantains, green banana flour, consume nutrients to support microbiome like grass-fed butter, brassica vegetables, bone broth, consume probiotics like grass-fed kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi kombucha, avoid processed carbohydrates
Nourish and support your digestive system. It’s connected to EVERY symptom you experience. Avoid practices where you’re eating on the go, cutting out huge food groups because of food sensitivity testing, and relying on PPIs. Focus on nourishment, support, and healing. You’ll reap the benefits of a bloat-free life!
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