Have you ever noticed how icky you feel when you haven’t gone to the bathroom first thing in the morning? Stuck, skin break outs, and even painful cramps? Sometimes, maybe we don’t hit it for a whole day. When things get really bleak it takes two or three days to get the led out. Inspired Potentials offers Digestive Support and Recipes.
If you’re in a crisis situation, consult your physician immediately. If not, and you’re looking for a few tips and tricks to help with digestion and elimination these are my sure fire ways for well, moving things through…..
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
According to Chinese medicine, the stomach is “the sea of grain and water” because everything assimilates in this important organ. The spleen takes care of transportation. It moves everything along. Absorbing and moving: these are the essential actions which define the spleen/stomach network as the largest source of life-sustaining energy.
1 or 2 cups of clean hot water (you can boil it)
2 T. of fresh organic lemon juice Juice
2 T. of maple syrup
1/8 tsp. of cayenne
Sip one or two cups at 7am to allow your digestive system to wake up and start groovin’.
1 Head of Kale
4 Sticks of Celery
1 – 2 Cucumbers
1 Small bunch of Italian Parsley
1 – 2 Lemons
1 Inch piece of Ginger
Juice, strain and enjoy!
1 cup milk (use your favorite dairy or plant-based) Find my almond mylk recipe here
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon powdered ginger
1 tablespoon mild tasting honey
Place milk in a small saucepan and scald (heat) on low until hot but not boiling. Stir in the cinnamon, ginger, and honey until well mixed. Sip to soothe. Stir, and sip. Stir, and sip.
8 to 10 Large kale, collard, swiss chard leaves, or a combination
4 pears or apples
4 to 6 pitted prunes
Run all ingredients through a juicer. This one has never let me down:)
3 Beets, tops intact
Using a juicer process beets, beet tops, carrots and apples. Whisk and pour into glasses.
So, with this in mind, we want to support this important network by providing helpful nourishing nutrients, actions, and elements. We want to make their job easy. When digestions shuts down it is a warning sign the body is out of balance, digestive fire is low, and special care is now needed for reducing stress in the gut. This could be adding more acid in order to increase digestive fires, which might help take some of the stress off the intestinal track, but more importantly you need to look at what is underneath the symptoms.
Assimilating and expelling are essential for maintaining optimum health. Try this easy triggers which help digestive action.
The best time for breakfast is between 7AM and 9AM. Remember to eat slowly. If it’s possible try to allow for a movement before eating breakfast so that there is plenty of space in the intestinal tract.
There is a lining underneath your stomach made up of 80% water. It buffers your stomach. So if you have a big glass of water before you eat the food, then that buffer is hydrated and the body is ready to process food (it says lets make some acid!). It prepares the way because it’s thinking, we better make some enzymes to neutralize this.
Not too much, you want to go slowly with the heat. You will want just enough to trigger your digestive bile. You don’t want too much because you want to make sure the de-congestive buffer is established first.
Cinnamon is the like roto-rooter for bile ducts. Cinnamon has a warming affect as a tonic that alleviates bowel tension and helps in relaxation too. So it plays a serious role in boosting circulation and digestion.
Fenugreek is an excellent tea for flushing out the bile ducts. Beets are also great bile flowing agents. And green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of cellulose. Cellulose is crucial for a healthy gut because it binds to the bile and escorts it out of the body. Why is this healthy? Because if bile doesn’t leave the body and get eliminated it is reabsorbed back into the liver. Bile is a linchpin for elimination because it takes toxic chemicals out of the body. When it gets reabsorbed back into the system it harms and damages your arteries.
Natural sugars are molasses, maple syrup, rice syrup, and honey.
Start slow with this. Allow your system time to adjust to chia because it can constipate if not integrated properly into your diet. But, used wisely and judiciously, it will aid in moving everything through because of it’s gel-like quality. Chia is soothing, mellow, and gentle. Limit your intake to three tablespoons per day. Make sure you drink plenty of water with your chia. Unlike flaxseed, chia seeds don’t need to be ground in order to receive benefits from their nutritional compounds. You may pre-soak them prior to eating them. Or you can add chia seeds to smoothies, eat them as a pudding, sprinkle on cereal or salads, or add them into your baked goods.
L-Glutamine is a powerhouse for restoring gut health. L-Glutamine is also used to protect the immune system.
It is especially good for chronic bowel conditions such as stomach ulcers, colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Since so much of our gut health is connected to our mental health, it’s no surprise glutamine is also good for depression, moodiness, irritability and anxiety.
In a distressing situation, take an epsom salt bath instead of a laxative. It will not only relax you, the side effects from taking a laxative can be down right harmful. When you’re backed up, it’s common to want immediate relief. Stimulant laxatives work, but they lead to painful cramping and uncomfortable sometimes explosive bowel movements. Epsom salt provides a gentler alternative and it’s still very effective.
You can expect relief from 30 minutes up to several hours, but you will find relief because epsoms increase water in your intestines. This softens stool, breaks it up, and allows it to pass through.
Directions for using magnesium. Internally, for adults and children 12 years old and older, dissolve 2-4 level teaspoons of epsom salt in 8 ounces of water and drink immediately. For children 6 to 11 years old, dissolve 1-2 level teaspoons of epsom salt in 8 ounces of water and drink.
If you find the taste of salt hard to tolerate, add fresh lemon juice. I’ve also included a picture of a product I really love and have used for myself and my kiddos, Natural Vitality Calm. If the first dose doesn’t work, repeat after four hours. Don’t take more than two doses of epsom salt daily. Don’t use it for more than one week without consulting your doctor. Contact your doctor if you don’t have a bowel movement after two doses.
Using epsom salt externally may also relieve constipation. Dissolve 5 cups of Epsom salt in a bath full of warm water. Soaking in it may help relax your gut and soften your stool as you absorb magnesium through your skin. This should produce a movement.
Best of luck and best wishes! Be well, Courtney:)