If you suffer from frequent acid reflux, you may need to build up your stomach acids. Stomach acid allows your food to be digested with any discomfort. Stomach acid is beneficial for adequate digestion. Historically people have used teas, tinctures, and essential oils. Different cultural groups also consumed fermented foods daily which were prebiotics that aided their digestion. Examples are dill pickles and sauerkraut made in crocks without the process of canning. In Korea, kimchi is the same lacto-fermentation. These food prepare the stomach for digestion. To be beneficial to stomach health, the fermented foods cannot be canned or processed. You can make yourself or purchase from the refrigerated section of many graocery stores. Traditionally these fermented foods were most of our salad dressings, including mayonaisse. Now processing has made the ones on the grocery shelves ineffective.
Easiest way to aid digestion is to take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (brand name like Bragg’s) with water before the meal. You may wish to add an herbal tincture of digestive bitters or make your own using chamomile flowers, dill leaf and seeds, and peppermint leaf. (Can be purchased as well) .
Essential oil DoTerra’s Digestzen can be added with coconut oil to a veggie cap or purchased as a softgel. This can also be put into a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and rubbed on tummy.
Another helpful aid is Manuka honey from New Zealand (purchased in health food stores). Take 1 teaspoon before meals to aid in digestion.
Lastly is our meals themselves. Chew our food at least 30 times each mouthful. Some doctors say up to 100 times until food turns to liquid. Also smaller meals to reduce amount of stomach acid to digest intake. To give the stomach a break, you may wish to fast with bone broth or juice. Both allow nutrients through the intestional walls but help repair intestional cells,
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If you dare, check the labels in your bath and kitchen. I will guarantee that that many contain fragrance. Fragrance sounds good. Everyone likes things to smell good, but what is really in fragrance? Not even the FDA knows, as they are only loosely regulated after the products have been marketed and have been proven to cause problems. Only then, will the product contain a warning label. Actually a fragrance is most likely a chemcial combination to replace the natural scents of flowers, trees, herbs, and spices. Lemon and pine scented, floral, and ocean breeze are on cleaning products and personal hygience products, and usually contain chemicals. Actually these fragrances are lose dose poisons that can cause major health issues, as cancer and auto-immune diseases.
Think about your exposure in your own home. Does your daily routine start with a shower that includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash or soap, facial cleanser, mouthwash, toothpaste, moisturizer, hair mousse, hair gel, hair spray, deodarant, and possibly make up and perfume. You haven’t left the bathroom and the average American has used 9 products containing toxins labeled fragrance.
Each day we freshen our homes and clothese with detergents, sprays, and softeners loaded with fragrance. We breathe these constantly. We use candles and plug-ins to mask foul odors. All loaded with fragrance.
These daily routines are loaded with toxic chemicals that are dragging down our immune system and making us sick. America is getting sicker because we live in an environment full of chemicals. They are in our homes and we brought them in. We asked for them and we paid for them. The result is more asthma - more digestive issues - more migraines - more depression.
So what can we do? We can either throw out all of the toxins today or slowly begin to replace the contaminants in our household. This means we have more labels to read, more internet searche for DIY products that are safe or for purchase.
Natural ingredients and real fragrance need to be in our homes. We need to clean up our personal environments. Outside air is usually far less polluted than our inside air. We need to spray real scents and put natural ingredients on our skin. The best place to start is with essential oils and a diffuser. Clean your home with real citrus (lemon and orange) in the diffuser and use the lemon to clean out the skin.
More ideas and a place to start with essential oils is