Secrets of Digestive Power
Getting rid of candida albicans requires a change in diet, and food choices. But it doesn’t just stop there - we also need to make sure we are digesting everything we eat properly. Digestive power is something many people don’t know about, because some of the guidelines are not intuitive.
Having digestive power simply means ensuring you have enough stomach acids, and enzymes breaking down everything you eat. It also means eating smaller meals.
Why is digestive power important? Because if you’re not digesting your food properly, the yeast wil. As a result, even though you aren’t consuming sugar, you are still feeding these yeasts. And ultimately your candida problem will never go away. So here are some guidelines to increasing your digestive power:
1. Prepare your food such that it is easily digestable. You don’t want to prepare food such that it is constipation-inducing. This only leads to mucoid plaque, and a clogged colon, which ultimately leads to a whole array of other ailments, as harmful toxins circulate back to your bloodstream, causing autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, and acne.
You can eat all the nutrients and vitamins you need, but if we aren’t eliminating our wastes properly, it won’t matter. Our colons will become clogged, and our body eventually has to work overdrive to absorb nutrients.
2. Don’t overeat.
This sounds intuitive, but it’s amazing how many people overeat. I’m not particularly talking about calories here, I’m talking about limiting the amount of food you eat in one seating. As a rule of thumb, do not eat more food than you can hold in 2 hands.
When you overeat, your digestive system becomes overworked, and the result is acid reflux disease. Instead of having a huge dinner, break up a huge meal into smaller, more frequent meals. If you insist of eating a large meal, make it lunch instead of dinner. Our bodies usually stop digesting soon after 8 PM.
3. Don’t drink iced beverages while eating
A rule I always follow is to not drink any liquids 30-40 minutes before any meal, and 30-40 minutes after every meal. Again, this is not intuitive, and stuff people almost never follow. How many times have you drank a coke, or even plain water while eating your lunch?
If you insist on drinking something while eating, make sure it’s herbal tea or peppermint tea. Lemon tea also works as well.
But why is drinking liquids while eating so harmful? The answer is that our stomach works best when it is filled a third with air, a third with food, and the rest with its own gastric juices. When we drink liquids while eating, it ultimately dilutes the acids that our stomach produces.
In the end, our stomach can’t digest our food fully, and our food reaches the colon partially undigested. Bacteria has to break our food down, and eventually this causes gas, bloating, and candida albicans.
4. Space your meals by 3 to 3.5 hrs
It’s usually a bad idea to have another meal a couple of hrs after another one. Try to wait at least 3 hours. This also means trying not to snack. I know it can be hard leaving your mouth empty, but try chewing some gum if you have that problem.
The best thing to do is to simply eat regular meals at regular periods of the day. Breakfast, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, and dinner are the optimal meals you should be consuming. Anything more than 5-6 a day is really overkill, unless you are a full-time athlete.
When you eat your meals, try and eat in a calm environment. Stress usually makes your digesive system not work as efficiently. Chew your food completely.. I know this sounds silly, but if you pay attention to the way you eat, you’ll see we don’t really do this on a daily basis. Most of us are busy watching TV, surfing the net, or listening to music while eating, and as a result, we’re not focusing on the way we eat. Chew, chew, chew!
5. Do not have your main meal at dinner
Like I mentioned previously, if you insist on eating a large meal, make it lunch, not dinner. And never eat any meals/food after 8 PM. Digestion is extremely weak during the night, and it just gets weaker and weaker, later in the day. Don’t even eat a piece of fruit or a small snack either.
On the same token, do not eat anything if you are feeling stressed or sick. Even if people tell you that you have to eat something, please do not. They don’t mean harm, but your digestive system simply shuts down if you are feeling stressed. Simply drink some soup, broths, or tea instead.
6. Consider walking after eating
I usually make it a habit to talk a walk around the neighborhood after eating. Walking really helps with digestion
7. Do not eat greasy foods
Greasy, fried foods such as french fries, potato chips, and some Chinese food really are hard to be digested, and are simply a burden to our digestive system. Also try not to eat foods that are extremely refined and processed. If you do insist or have to eat it (peer pressure, social event, etc), consider taking some digestive enzymes with it. I know, I know, noone takes a bottle of digestive enzymes everywhere they go.. but maybe you should!
Digestive enzymes are incredible for digesting “bad foods” and foods that are not easily digestable. The Garden of Life offers a good digestive enzyme, and I’m sure your local health store offers some good options.
If you don’t have digestive enzymes, consider asking the restaurant for some lemon or peppermint tea. Malic acid (green apples have ton of these) also can aid digestion.
In addition, anything spicy or pickled are great to eat before any meal. These include foods such as ginger, umbeoshi, and pickled cabbage. Radish with salt is also tremendous !
8. Don’t eat fruit after meat.
Most Chinese people I know often follow a huge meal with fruit as dessert. This is incredibly bad for your health. This is like fermentation, and is just turning your digestive system into a huge mess.
9. Don’t mix a ton of veggies in 1 meal.
At most, mix 4 veggies in a single meal. Anything more and it can be hard to digest.
10. Prepare gas producing foods with spices.
Foods that are gas-producing include veggies such as brocolli and brussel sprouts. If you are eating these foods, prepare them with spices to neutralize them such as ginger or turmeric. Indian food really does this greatly, as well as Morroccan food.
11. Eat Foods Good fo your Digestive System
These foods have healing effects on your system: kale, spinach, and carrots.
Digestive power is important, and definitely something that should not be overlooked when candida cleansing. Follow the above guidelines as well as your anti-candida regimen, and your digestion will improve, as well as your candida.