If you suffer from any symptoms or ailments, please understand that your body is trying to communicate an issue. You’re not broken and your body does not hate you. It is simply trying to talk to you, so start listening.
The sooner we listen, the easier the issues may be to resolve. And since our gut, or more specifically our small intestine, is the window to the rest of our internal ecosystem and is where a large part of the microbes that call us home live, we know that disturbances in the small intestine can cause a domino effect throughout our bodies.
Mastering digestion (both of food and of life) is often the lowest hanging fruit and can be a great place to start when trying to solve (not mask!) the problem.
Here, we focus on internal digestion.
Four Considerations when Optimizing Digestion.
If you’re looking for a magic pill and that one-size-fits-all approach, you probably already know that that’s not what I do, but I can say that many of my clients have seen positive change just from incorporating fennel, coriander, ginger, cumin, and cardamom into their menus and taking good, colonizing probiotics, but it is also critical to “gently” eradicate the bag bugs, and this requires extra caution, especially for those with SIBO, a fungal overgrowth such as candida, or with food allergies and food sensitivities.
There are multiple beneficial “gut kits” that I have had positive experiences with that effectively and gently eradicate the bad bugs (#NoAffiliations), and when paired with colonizing probiotics that populate the small intestine with good and diverse flora.
Whether you’re looking for a herbal-kit to optimize digestion or you prefer the DIY approach, these important rules of thumb should be considered when rebooting your “second brain”:
First, gentler is better. The lining of your small intestine plays a critical role, and harsh, though effective treatments such as spicy herbs (or even high potency non-spicy herbs), essential oils, or pharmaceuticals can cause harm even though they may be performing the desired function.
Second, stress leads to oxidation or “internal rusting” so if we are constantly poisoning the system with rust, and not alleviating the stress, none of our changes will lead to long-term success.
Third, there is something to say about nutrition. Now, I am not a nutritionist, but I do know that the literature proves time and time again that processed foods are not promote a healthy and vibrant microbiome, so keep this in mind.
Fourth, knowing your body is everything! For example, vata-imbalanced people do not do well with raw foods, so cutting out the salad and lightly cooking their veggies serves them very well.