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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