Slippery Elm Tea
We have used slippery elm in our house for over 40 years now. Our youngest, now in his 50's, used to ask for a cup of the tea if he had a tummy ache when he was much younger. It is the go to cure for diarrhea or constipation. It works both ways. Something I just discovered is that if you take it before eating a "gassy" food, you will have no problems. We have the 'sawdust' handy for tea, but you can also get capsules from S.....n Vitamin, or Amazon for such a reasonable price that it isn't worth the effort of making a cup of tea. Hope you find this helpful. We wouldn't be without it.
Hydrate 30 Minutes Before Eating
I read a lot and Dr. Batmanghelidj wrote in his books that if you drank water half an hour before you ate, your stomach would be coated so your organs could dump the acids and bile to digest the food. He said without the water it would harm your stomach to drop the acid in, because most of us are unaware of our level of dehydration. He taught that most digestion issues would begin with dehydration, which includes minerals in balance.
Dehydration is interesting and I am not one that has it figured out because cortisol plays into it. Many people were raised in fear, worry, stress, and anxiety all of which produce cortisol . You learn how to live by watching those who role model for you. My parents were not worriers and I don't tend to worry. I do fear though because they created an unpredictable stressful atmosphere around me.
I find that I have to unlearn those thought patterns even after years of being away from them. So cortisol is made when the body is getting ready to run from the bear and it is a steroid hormone that requires borrowing from different areas of the body hormones, minerals, and water to get it all going .( Your body does not plan to digest food when planning to run from the bear, it is preparing for the crisis only).
When you get low on something, your body makes choices for you. Like the heart needs to keep beating but you could live without magnesium for other functions. Blood test usually don't pick up magnesium shortages until your heart is stopped. So there are like 300 enzyme systems using magnesium in the body and producing stress hormone, cortisol affects that.
So magnesium is what calms you down and helps you rest, sleep .
If you produce a lot of cortisol your body is probably not making any bile in the liver to drop into the gallbladder and you have a lot problems with the whole digestive system. You can take ox bile to prime your bile pumps in your liver if you are living on cortisol.
You can take hydrochloric acid to aid in digestion but it would be better to learn and overcome the root issues. Acid affects bacteria and enzymes in your gut. Too low on acid will make bad microbes flourish and infections can set in.
There are things you can do to lower cortisol, but if your adrenal glands are working overtime you can get adrenal failure and that will affect your life. It's called addison's disease. Baths and swimming take water from you and your skin wrinkles . Sweating removes water and minerals . Coffee and diuretics remove water and minerals. Lack of minerals or an imbalance of them can make water flow right through you and not stop to hydrate you. Well, this section needed this light from our friend Batman. Blessings, Charity
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I occasionally have acid indigestion from not eating enough high-fiber fruits and vegetables, which really do more good than those over the counter fiber powders. I have found that eating a couple of bananas a day when I get this not only puts an end to the excessive acid, because it keeps my stomach busy. I also feel better physically because bananas contain potassium, which is a vital trace element that is easily washed out of the body by drinking commercial soft drinks. The pectin in apples and other fruit will reduce your cholesterol count, especially the bad cholesterol, and using extra virgin olive oil in a salad dressing, instead of a bottled dressing, will do the same thing.
Here is my salad dressing for a salad of mixed greens and cut up vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery (I'm getting hungry!!)
Sprinkle freeze-dried mixed Italian herbs (you can mix them yourself) on the salad after all the vegetables and lettuce are in the bowl. This includes marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil. There is also the popular salt-free brand which has been around for decades, and I use that a lot in cooking. Add some fresh or freeze-dried dill. Add garlic salt to taste and coarsely ground black pepper. Drizzle the juice of half to one full lemon - stick to your taste level on this -- over the salad and herbs, then drizzle about one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over that, and toss the whole salad thoroughly, to coat all the lettuce and vegetables. Taste it before you finish it. Be conservative with the lemon juice, it can be bitter if too much is used.
My mother showed me how to make salad this way many long years ago, and it is the best thing you can eat. It is filling and will keep your digestive system regular if you eat this kind of salad every day.