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12 Ways to Supercharge Your Digestion

7.  Take a full-spectrum digestive enzyme to help digest food. Ideally it should include: lipase (for fats), proteases (for proteins), lactase (for milk sugar), amylase (for starches), invertase (for sugars), and cellulase and/or hemicellulase (for fiber).

8.  Avoid eating when you’re feeling severely stressed or overly emotional as stress hormones can interfere with adequate digestion.

9.  Taking herbal bitters like common or red centaury (Centaurium minus or erythraea) or gentian (Gentiana lutea) have traditionally helped increase stomach acid and improve digestion. They are normally found in health food stores in liquid form and are taken with meals according to package directions.

10.  Spices like ginger (Zingiber officinale), black pepper (Piper nigrum), and cayenne pepper (Capsicum annum) can be added to meals to aid digestion.

11.  Take a full-spectrum probiotic supplement on an empty stomach. I usually find first thing in the morning or in the evening before bed is best. Beneficial bacteria are needed in the intestines to manufacture essential nutrients like vitamin B12, to keep harmful bacterial and yeast infections under control, and to ensure proper absorption of nutrients in your food.  Ideally, look for one that contains a variety of Lactobacilli (L.) and Bifidobacteria (B.), including:  L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, L. paracasei, L. salivarius, B. animalis lactis, B. bifidum, B. breve, B. infantis, and B. longum.

12.  Chew your food well. The stomach can’t do the job of the teeth so it’s important that food is well chewed by the time it gets to the stomach.

Subscribe to my free e-mag World’s Healthiest News to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow me on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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5:24PM PDT on Sep 19, 2014

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12:49PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

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12:16PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

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7:18PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Thanks for the tips

8:51AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Thanks for the tips.

5:18PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

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12:42AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing! I've heard that having 2 spoonfuls of honey and then 1 glass of water mixed with 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar 5 minutes before a meal is also really good for digestion...

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