Improving digestion is the most important health subject to me. When I was younger, I suffered from a disease called inflammatory bowel disease, which is inflammationof the colon, also known as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Once I discovered the connection between my unhealthy Standard American Diet (SAD) and my illness, I had to make a choice. Was I willing to let go of most of my poor food choices or would I continue with my way of eating and rely on doctors, drugs and surgery as my way of life?
For me, the decision was easy because I had gained a vastamount of knowledge about true health. I understood early in my research that the conventional medical way would not lead to vibrant
health, unless I was willing to change my way of eating so my digestion could work properly. For the last 20 years, I have been on a mostly raw vegan diet and it has worked! The reason the raw vegan diet has improved my condition is what I call the Formula for Health. That formula is: power–destruction = vitality. Another way to put it would be health–disease = wellness.
The raw vegan diet itself is not a panacea or a cure-all. It must be done with wisdom for it to work. That is why an understanding about the Formula for Health is essential when choosing
proper foods to improve your digestion. The key factor in improving digestion and having great gut health is to eat foods that have the most of what thebody needs (nutrients) while using
the least amount of energy for your body to process them. Most foods on the SAD fail miserably when put tothis test.
To understand this concept, imagine the world’s best juicer and what it does. When you put the right food in it, it will give you a beautiful glass ofhigh-nutrient liquid and the juicer will
also get rid of the waste. The more highquality foods you put in the juicer, the easier it will work to do its job correctly. These high quality foods would consistof raw, ripe fresh fruits and vegetables. If you tried to put something like bread or an animal or cheese in the juicer, it wouldn’t work at all, and eventually it would break.
Your body is not much different. You need to give it the foods that will break down easily. In addition, chewing your food well and not eating late at night will help assure that you are giving your body the best chance for great digestion and, ultimately, wonderful gut health. The raw vegan diet, if done correctly, is the best way to eat for guthealth and improved digestion because fresh fruits and vegetables are healing and building. Not all raw foods are the same. Many raw food recipes and raw food snacks that are not combined correctly cancause a big issue with your digestion. Learning and understanding proper food combining is one of the main differences between success and failure on a living food diet. Another important aspect is eating
a vegan diet. Once you consume any animal products, you are getting away from the ‘body as a juicer’ ideal because you make it complicated for the body to digest properly. We are not designed
to consume animals or animal products. We have to remember just because we can get away with doing something for a certain period of time doesn’t meanit is good for us.
Another important factor to help improve gut health that many people miss is to learn not to eat when under stress. The body has an amazing power to adapt to things going on around us.
We need to be careful and do a better job learning to identify stress. The best thing to do for your gut health when you are pressured is to fast and not eat. Emotional eating is directly connected to stressful eating and this creates a big impact on your gut health. The reason is that you cannot digest food properly if you are eating when understress.
How far are you willing to go to assure great gut health? My advice to everyone is you have to understand your vibrant health is much more valuable than the tastes of certain foods.
It may be hard at first to give up the things that are not healthy. In time, your true taste buds will kick in and you will come to love the taste of fruits andvegetables and won’t miss the junk food at all. You can do it!