16 Rules for Optimal Digestion



The following are certain things to keep in mind when eating to ensure that the nutrients from your food are making it to your cells- glands, organs and tissues so that they can perform well to keep us healthy.  If you have any health condition, please try to follow this advice which will help you to heal faster:


1. Fluids alone – drink no more than 4 oz. of fluid with a meal and don’t drink anything for 2 hours after a meal.  Fluids dilute digestive enzymes needed to break our food down.  Take digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your 4 oz. of water if needed.


2. Take digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL) in 4 oz. of water if needed before meals. A sign of needing digestive enzymes is gas and bloating after eating vegetables. A sign of needing hydrochloric acid to digest protein is gas and bloating after eating protein.


3. No coffee with meals – wait 1.5-2 hours after a meal or 1 hour before eating for your coffee.  Coffee, being a fluid, dilutes digestive enzymes and being highly acidic depletes our body of essential minerals like calcium and magnesium which can lead to muscle cramping and poor bone density.  It also depletes our battery (adrenal glands) which impacts the thyroid and pituitary glands.  This leads to a host of other health implications.  Coffee, which contains caffeine, similar in chemical structure to nicotine, is addictive.  A good alternative is Matcha latte (antioxidant-rich green tea powder with almond milk), Chai latte (make your own with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and almond milk), Yerba Matte and / or herbal teas.

 

4. No milk with meals- wait 1.5-2 hours after eating or drink milk 1 hour before.  Besides diluting digestive enzymes, milk is also a