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Food intolerance remedies
Food intolerances result from the gutís inability to digest certain foods normally. Many carbohydrates require specific enzymes to be digested. Individuals who lack these enzymes experience abdominal pain, gas, bloating, burping and other gastrointestinal symptoms when eating foods with lactose, fructose, resistant starch, fiber and sugar alcohols.
Here are some simple ways to try to improve your digestion of these problematic foods.
No. 1: Make sure your have plenty of good bacteria in your gut. Drink lactose-free kefir, eat lactose-free yogurt and supplement with probiotics.
No. 2: Individuals with food intolerances often have low stomach acid. Supplement with Betaine HCL-Pepsin (Hydrochloric Acid) to correct low stomach acid. Suppressing bad bacteria is one of the chief roles of stomach acid.
No. 3: DON'T take antacids. They suppress stomach acid.
No. 4: How to test for low stomach acid:
First things in the a.m. before breakfast, drink one cup of water with 1/4 tsp. baking soda mixed in. Time how long it takes until you burp. Repeat for four days in a row to get a pattern.
Burp within two minutes: adequate acid.
Longer than two minutes: low stomach acid.
Burp immediately: high stomach acid.
No. 5: Increase your stomach acid by drinking lemon water right before a meal or taking 1-2 T. of raw lightly filtered apple cider vinegar in water.
No. 6: Try to avoid drinking excessive liquids with a meal as it dilutes stomach acid.
No. 7: Eat lightest to heaviest foods on your plate. This means veggies first, next carbs, lastly protein and fats.
No. 8: Drink dandelion tea. It stimulates your digestion.
No. 9: Try digestive bitters. Take 30-45 drops three times a day in a little water on empty stomach. Bitters help speed up digestion by increasing secretions of liver, pancreas, stomach and small intestine.
No. 10: To reduce bloating, drink lemon and ginger tea. Make your own tea by mixing hot water, lemon juice and raw ginger.
No. 11: Chew your food well, at least 20 times per bite or until the food resembles a paste.
No. 12: Reduce consumption of offending foods which might include dairy; sugars found in cereals, bread biscuits, cakes, pasta; certain higher sugar fruits; grains, legumes, onions.
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