Burning. Tightness. Indigestion. Heartburn is no fun!
In this blog, we’re going to talk about three natural health hacks that can really make a difference in your indigestion and heartburn.
Heartburn is a very common issue around digestion and indigestion, one that we see a lot in practice in clinical natural health and acupuncture. There are some easy things that you can do that can potentially make a difference.
Reminder: this is just for your information purposes only. You should always work with a licensed practitioner if you’re implementing any of these strategies in your life.
1. Cold Foods and Drinks
One of the things that make a big difference is to realize that some of the things you thought were actually fine are actually secretly sabotaging your digestion and number one on this list is cold foods and drinks.
I remember I was very early on in my acupuncture practice and I had a gentleman who came in who was having terrible daily burning heartburn and indigestion. I said, “gosh heck are you drinking a lot of cold icy liquids by any chance?” and he said, “well yeah, I drink ice water all day long.”
Just changing this one aspect of removing lots of icy cold drinks from your diet can actually make a huge difference.
This gentleman was unknowingly super sabotaging his digestive fire.
It’s important to understand that your stomach is like a cauldron. It’s meant to break down and digest food. That’s why we have stomach acid.
If you need to bring something to a boil, if you want to support a beautiful cauldron of acid that is going to shred apart your food and make it digestible for the rest of your body, you don’t want to pour a bunch of cold liquid in there.
Cutting out cold liquids is a huge step.
In that same way, you should also reduce the number of cold foods that you’re eating, now this depends on:
- your energetic type
- the season that you’re in
If you live in a tropical area where it’s hot and warm all the time, you can get away with a little bit more cold temperature and cold-natured foods but if you’re living in a cold place and you’re having weak digestive energy, you do not really want to be eating a lot of cold raw foods or foods cold in temperature.
More cooked and steamed foods would be better and cold in nature. For example, coconut and dairy are colder-natured food than maybe for example chicken and other types of food that are just the more neutral or warm type of food.
Every food has sort of an energetic quality and you want to stay more from those cold damp foods and eat less of those.
2. Digestive Enzyme
I would recommend that you look into incorporating a generally supportive digestive enzyme into your diet.
Obviously, talk with your practitioner.
Some brands that I tend to like that are good broad digestive enzymes:
You can go to any natural food store, whole foods, and find one that works best for your body.
Sometimes you just need a little boost and things like stress reduce the effectiveness of your stomach acid.
Generally, the supportive digestive enzyme can be really helpful especially when you know you are eating something that’s a little challenging for your digestion in general.
3. Drinking Liquids During Meals
A similar reason that we talked about in number one is that actually, while you’re eating you want your digestive cauldron and that digestive acid to be in there and to be really focused.
You can always spot a group of natural health acupuncturists at a restaurant because when the waiter or waitress comes and says, “does anyone want anything to drink?” Usually, they’ll say, “oh, can I have some warm water or some warm tea?” Or “can I have some water without ice?”
Easy to spot the acupuncturist in the restaurant because we know that having a strong digestive fire is going to be helpful for digesting that meal.
Do stay hydrated at other times between meals. It’s good to be drinking water and liquids but while you’re eating, reducing that will help increase the effectiveness of your stomach acid and that cooking stomach cauldron that’s helping.
These 3 steps:
- Cold Foods and Drinks
- Digestive Enzyme
- Drinking Liquids During Meals
Three easy things that you can do right away to boost your digestive fire.
There are other things that require a little bit more one-on-one and I recommend you work with a practitioner who can test out for food sensitivities or things that aren’t quite an allergy, but maybe that your body doesn’t really like.
You can also learn a technique to actually ask your body what your body wants and use that for a really wide variety of things to start to learn. Maybe it’s not going to show up on an IgA or IgG allergy test in a lab but your body can start to tell you, “Ooh, I don’t really feel so good with this” or “Ooh, stay away from those.”
These are some tips to really improve your digestion. I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog and got some value. If you know somebody else that’s always complaining about feeling kind of crappy after eating, forward this blog it might help them.
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