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10 Free Ways to Support Healthy Digestion

According to Chinese Medicine, digestion is more than just breaking down your food. This is miraculous in and of itself, if you think about it; your body takes a sandwich and turns it into useable fuel, in a matter of hours! But we also think about digestion as the larger intelligence of assimilation and discrimination; what do I take in, and what do I leave behind. So some schools of thought attribute all health fundamentally to your ability to utilize such intelligence. Several of my teachers have said "just get the patient to eat and sleep, the rest will take care of itself."

So much more to be said on this topic, and to be covered in articles to come. For now, here are ten quick and easy ways to support your body's ability to nourish you. Do not underestimate the power of the simple; what we practice every day matters more than anything else!

1."Rest and digest": breath, smell, and taste slowly, enjoying your meal, making it easier for your body to break it down

2. Stick to healthy daily staples

3. Eat "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper", eating an early dinner (no big meals 3 hours before bed)

4. Eat regularly and rhythmically: around the same time each day, before you get overly hungry

5. Stop eating before you are full

6. Refrain from drinking cold beverages with meals; instead, have a little warm water or broth

7. Choose "real food": whole, organic, fresh and local

8. Spare your body from pollution: choose not to eat processed, refined, or packaged

9. Incorporate lacto-fermented/probiotic foods into daily meals (non-vinegar sauerkraut and pickles, kim chee, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, beet kvass)

10. Drink soup broth: more healing and nutrition than any vitamin, and easier to absorb