5 Drinks that Promote Digestive Health
Digestion is the single most important place to start looking for imbalances when health challenges present themselves.
The body has an amazing ability to heal itself, there are back-up systems to the back-up systems to keep you alive, and all it really needs is the fuel from a properly balanced nutrient-dense diet to do that. However, if there is an imbalance that is preventing you from digesting and absorbing your food, you can have the healthiest diet in the world and those nutrients will just go in one end and out the other...
So, keeping your digestive system healthy is pretty important. Here’s a few easy drinks you can add in to your daily diet to support your digestive system.
Starting in the stomach – it’s important to get those stomach juices flowing. Those large food particles (that you hopefully chewed into smaller pieces in your mouth) need to be broken down into smaller pieces, and your stomach acid is responsible for that breakdown. Your body can’t recognize the nutrients from food unless they are the right size.
1) Apple Cider Vinegar- This adds additional acid to the stomach to help digest proteins. Try 1 tablespoon in a cup of water before you eat. It’s important to find Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the “mother”.
2) Lemon Water – Drink this either warm or at room temperature. The pH of lemon is alkaline but it turns acidic in the stomach, stimulating more acid production.
As the food particles enter the beginning of your intestinal tract (the duodenum), the gallbladder releases bile to digest the fats in your food. This bile also is used to get rid of the toxins in your body, making it a pretty important substance for digestion.
3) Dandelion Root Tea – This tea enhances the flow of bile by increasing bile production and flow to the gallbladder. It also has a direct effect on the gallbladder by causing contractions and releasing stored bile. Dandelion root improves conditions such as liver congestion, bile duct inflammation, hepatitis, gallstones and jaundice. It also contains inulin which promotes the growth of good bacteria further down in the digestive system. Warning – This tea is an acquired taste!
Moving on to your intestines – those particles of food from your stomach now need to get broken down further and absorbed, both of which occurs in your intestines.
4) Ginger Tea – The healing properties of ginger start in your stomach, where it can help improve the function of the lower esophageal sphincter (or the valve) that helps to prevent acid reflux. Once in the gut, it relaxes the intestinal tract and can help relieve and reduce intestinal gas that is often caused by tension and spasms in your tract.
5) Bone Broth – There are so many awesome qualities to good old fashioned bone broth! Folks that chicken noodle soup your Mom gave you when you were sick wasn’t about the chicken or the noodles, it was really about the bone broth!
The gelatin in a slow cooked bone broth heals the gut lining, helps promote growth of good bacteria, and has been found to be an effective treatment of intestinal inflammatory conditions. The collagen found in bone broth also helps support the intestinal lining of the digestive tract.