Written by Dr. Kasia J.Przechodzka Ph.D., MS, CSCS
Digestive health depends on many different factors. Here are 4 tips for great digestive health!
1) Chew your food slowly and efficiently. This process sends a signal to your stomach to secrete hydrochloric acid (HCL) and a variety of digestive juices that help break down food as it enters the stomach and small intestines. Quickly eating food bombards your stomach with huge food components before the digestive juices are efficiently flowing which hinders digestion and absorption. This, in turn, sets up a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and dangerous pathogens which colonize the intestines, leading to a plethora of diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), food allergies & intolerances, Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and bacterial & yeast overgrowth (ie. candida albicans).
2) Slowly introduce fermented foods in your diet that are rich in healthy bacteria. Fermented or "cultured" foods are a very convenient way to obtain beneficial bacteria in your diet. Throughout history, fermenting foods gave our ancestors the ability to prolong the freshness of food and beverages that was available to them during different seasons. Several examples of widely available fermented foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, cultured nut cheese, and kombucha. Many of these can be purchased at your local health food store or conveniently made at home.
3) Take a full spectrum medical strength digestive enzyme formula combined with high potency probiotics to significantly enhance digestion and assimilation of your food. As we age, our digestive enzyme capacity diminishes significantly, often resulting in bloating, gas, indigestion, fatigue, compromised immune function, skin reactions (ie. acne, rashes, etc) and irritable bowel syndrome. I see this very often in my practice, even in very young patients. A medical strength probiotic and digestive enzyme formula work synergistically to overcome the diminished capacity of the pancreas and digestive organs which steadily decline with age. I only recommend medical strength scientifically tested products with the highest quality, potency, and safety such as those found at Doctors Made. Doctors Made – Health = Happiness (use coupon code special15% for a 15% discount)
4) Use medical strength transdermal delivery systems to bypass the limitations of the digestive system. The most effective transdermal formulas that I have ever encountered are in the product line, ANSHI. ANSHI has a unique transdermal delivery system that provides 100% absorption with no side effects. They have four unique formulas including the first high potency turmeric transdermal formula with natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. I have used all 4 unique formulas in my practice with excellent results. ANSHI contains organic and pure ingredients that have been laboratory tested for purity and potency, the highest standard in the industry. Combining ANSHI with the above 3 strategies for optimal digestive health will yield profound results. ANSHI can be found at ANSHI | Transdermal Rubs (use coupon code KASIA15 for a discount).
Dr. Kasia J. Przechodzka holds a double Masters from Columbia University in Clinical Nutrition and Applied Physiology where she graduated with the highest honors, Summa Cum Laude. She completed advanced clinical training in integrative and naturopathic medicine and received her doctorate degree in nutrition. She is the owner and founder of The Optimal Physique, where she conducts extensive research and develops Medical Nutrition Programs for difficult to treat diseases such as advanced metastatic cancers, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, CFS/MCS, fibromyalgia, Autism, complicated autoimmune conditions, digestive and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, SIBO, treatment-resistant depression/anxiety, ADD/ADHD, thyroid and hormone disorders and many more. Her detailed, comprehensive analysis often uncovers the missing links to untreatable chronic illnesses and she is sought after for her expertise worldwide.