5 Ways to Support Digestion

5 Ways to Support Digestion

Coming from a history of IBS, I spent a lot of time and energy figuring out ways to correct my daily nagging symptoms.

That meant not only healing my gut, but supporting proper digestion so I could better breakdown food and therefore absorb more nutrients and avoid inflammatory responses caused by a leaky gut.

Here are a few ways that I support my digestive system daily. I recommend giving all of these a try or at the very least starting with one and adding to your digestive support routine in time. These simple tips go a long way especially when practiced regularly.

5 Ways to Support Digestion

1. GINGER

  • Helps to relax the smooth muscles of the digestive tract.
  • Add a 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp. ginger powder to your smoothie or incorporate it into your other meals.
  • Drink ginger tea in-between meals.

2. EAT/DRINK SLOWLY & CHEW THOROUGHLY

  • Digestion begins in the mouth.
  • Chew your food 20-30 times before swallowing.
  • Sip (don’t gulp) your smoothie. Take at least 20 minutes to consume it.

3. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

  • Helps prepare the gut for incoming food by releasing enzymes that breakdown food.
  • Add 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar to water and consume 15-20 minutes before your meals.

4. AVOID EATING WHEN STRESSED

  • Stress compromises your bodies ability to digest food properly.
  • Here are some tips to help: 1. Eat sitting, not standing. 2. Take a few deep breaths before eating. 3. Avoid eating when emotions are strong (sad, angry, excited) and 1-hour before or after a workout. These tips apply to drinking your smoothies as well.

5. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES & BITTERS

  • Try the above suggestions first. If you continue to deal with digestive issues I recommend trying a digestive enzyme like Digestzymes.
  • Digestive enzymes are important for people who fall into one or more of the following groups: 1. No gallbladder 2. Prior use of antacids (prescription, Tums, Rolaids, etc.) 3. Older adults. 4. Chronic illness or high stress.
  • Digestive bitters can be helpful as well. Just add to water and drink in-between meals.

Digestzymes

For optimal digestion. Say goodbye to gas & bloating after meals or that feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.

Fried Eggs & Broccoli Sprouts on Coleslaw

Fried Eggs & Broccoli Sprouts on Coleslaw

I put that $#!+ on everything!

Broccoli sprouts that is.

“Why?” – you may ask.

These little guys contain a WONDER CHEMICAL called SULFORAPHANE that triggers antioxidant compounds in the body’s cells therefore boosting the body’s defense system against all kinds of disease.

Not only are we talking about inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, but also repairing damaged DNA and reducing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease!

It’s a no brainer – buy or grow broccoli sprouts and throw them in and on everything. Give this recipe a try!

Fried Eggs & Broccoli Sprouts on Coleslaw

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)

2 eggs (pastured or free-run)
1 cup homemade coleslaw (try Creamy Dill or Italian)
1 oz. broccoli sprouts
1 tbsp avocado oil
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Heat oil in pan and fry two eggs sunny side up. Add salt and pepper.

2. Place coleslaw on a plate and top with fried eggs and broccoli sprouts.

Lemon Ginger Tea

Lemon Ginger Tea

Are you looking for effective ways to prevent and/or treat the cold or flu?

Did you know that ginger has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties, making it the perfect natural remedy to help prevent and treat certain conditions.

So, if you find yourself surrounded by sick people or maybe you’re trying to treat a cold or flu that hit you hard and fast – try this potent Lemon Ginger Tea recipe.

Consume 2-6 cups daily for prevention and/or treatment of the cold or flu.

This tea is also excellent before or after meals to help reduce symptoms of gas, bloating, acid reflux or digestive discomfort.

Lemon Ginger Tea

INGREDIENTS: (4-5 servings)
1 lb fresh ginger root
1.5 liters filtered water
2-3 lemons
Honey (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Bring pot of water to a boil.

2. Peel and finely grate ginger. Add to boiling water.

3. Let boil for 5 minutes then bring to a simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Strain ginger tea into a mason jar using a fine mesh sifter. Let cool then store in the fridge.

For a cup of hot lemon ginger tea: Heat 3/4 cup of ginger tea in a pot, pour into mug and squeeze in 1/2 a lemon. Add 1 tsp honey if desired.

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Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost

Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost

Is your immune system in need of a boost?

Support a strong immune system during cold and flu season (and all year round) with this powerful immunity booster. Loaded with whole food forms of vitamin C, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, plus antibacterial & antiviral properties.

Check out what one of my followers had to say about this drink:

“Thank you for this recipe Jennifer. It was my go to drink during chemotherapy. When my white blood cell count was low and the docs told me I may not be able to do chemo, I started to drink this and boom – my WBC count went up and I was able to do the next round of chemo. I never missed a round of chemo with this drink. Thank you for this.”

– C.C.

Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 orange (peeled)
1/4 cup frozen cranberries
1 inch piece of ginger (peeled)
1 tsp honey (manuka honey – my go to)
1 tsp raw coconut oil
1/2 – 1 cup water

BOOST your smoothie with collagen & protein – add 1 scoop PurePaleo Protein vanilla (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.

Consume 3-4 times a week to support a strong immune system throughout the year.

Pumpkin Leek Soup (Plant-Based, Paleo)

Pumpkin Leek Soup (Plant-Based, Paleo)

Pumpkin Leek Soup is warming and delicious! It’s the perfect recipe for fall with simple ingredients like pumpkin, leeks & carrots.

It’s pumpkin season! Whether you enjoy roasting your own pumpkin or using canned pumpkin for all those great Autumn recipes, you can’t go wrong …

Pumpkin is super low in calories despite being packed with nutrients.

1 cup of pumpkin contains under 50 calories, as it’s 94% water. This makes pumpkin a weight-loss friendly food since you can consume more of it than other carb sources (like grains and potatoes) but still take in fewer calories.

In addition, pumpkin is a good source of fiber, which can keep you feeling fuller for longer and support good gut health.

Pumpkin is very versatile and easy to add to your diet in both sweet and savory dishes. Give this Pumpkin Leek Soup a try – or browse my blog for more great pumpkin recipes!

Pumpkin Leek Soup

INGREDIENTS: (4-6 servings)
1 can pumpkin
1 whole leek
5 large carrots
5 celery stalks
1 pack mushrooms
1 lemon
2 tbsp ghee/butter or coconut oil
1 tsp cumin, ground (optional)
1 tsp coriander, ground (optional)
1 tsp rosemary
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Filtered water

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Chop and place all vegetables into a slow cooker.

2. Add all spices.

3. Add filtered water (enough to cover 3/4 of the vegetables).

4. Cook for 4 hours at high setting or 6 hours at low setting.

5. Put cooked vegetables and liquid in a blender, add ghee/butter/coconut oil, and lemon juice (you will probably have to do this in two batches).

6. Blend until a thick and creamy purée is formed.

7. Jar any extra soup, store in the fridge and use within the week.

Pumpkin Leek Soup