Q. I seem to be having more stomach upsets than usual; even foods that I was able to eat before are now bothering me. Do you have any ideas of what might be the problem?
A. Ask yourself if you are having more stress for any reason, even stopping to ‘take inventory’ may have positive benefits. Stress affects our entire body as is well known – including our digestion and sleep patterns and our emotional wellbeing. Eating habits affect our digestion: eating after 6 or 7 pm does not allow enough time to digest your meal prior to sleep; especially avoid spicy and rich foods eaten late at night. The combination of lying down flat and our reduced metabolic rate during sleep wreaks havoc with undigested food in our stomachs and can even contribute to the development of acid reflux. Avoid drinking large amounts of beverages with meals (especially iced beverages). The volume of liquids dilutes stomach acid and the cold temperature slows down the chemical reactions of digestion. Suggestions: Drink warm peppermint tea for indigestion, upset stomach and stomachaches. Ginger tea is good for nausea.
The Body Ecology Diet book (by Donna Gates and Linda Schatz) is recommended in Almine’s book and 2-hour audio lecture, How to Facilitate the Healing of Chronic and Systemic Disease. The ‘BED’ book teaches the principles of food combination to restore the bodily terrain, making it inhospitable to viral and bacterial infections, parasites and viruses. The book is an excellent resource for everyone who wishes to improve their diet and digestion, and especially for those that suffer from chronic or regularly occurring gastric upset. It may seem ‘normal’ for everyone to have colds, but it is not. Many people only experience rapidly passing, mild colds or no colds at all. Undigested food becomes tomorrow’s food allergies and health conditions.
Simple guidelines that to follow for improved digestion include:
Replace dairy with unsweetened almond milk and sweeten with stevia if desired.
If you use dairy products, eat them away from other foods as they slow down
the digestion when combined with other foods.
Avoid eating fruit with any other food. Like milk, eat fruit alone.
Avoid combining protein and carbohydrates together in the same meal.
As each food group requires a different process and time for digestion,
eating them at the same time means that neither group is digested properly.
Small children are unable to digest heavy oils and even olive oil is
too heavy. Use coconut butter, not oil or ghee (clarified butter) for cooking.
Use cold-pressed flaxseed oil for salad dressings.
An excerpt from Handbook for Healers, “Encyclopedia of A-Z”section.