Posts Tagged ‘digestion’
Growing up, I would usually drink 2 glasses of water or soda with every large meal.
Then for many years I listened to a lot of the diet dogma that says don’t drink anything with food EVER or else you’ll dilute your stomach acid, your enzymes and your soul itself! But is that true?
What are the most optimal choices for drinking liquids with your solids?
It’s a question that comes up on our path to greater health and our journey to perfect our digestion (and thus improve our immune system, energy levels and utilization of essential nutrients).
I’ve discovered that there is a middle way that works for my body, and according to much science and testimonial, this homemade elixir 4-point formula works for many health-driven people like you too. And it’s the absolutely fun, mood-lifting, digestion-boosting, food-assimilation-enhancing, hydrating, soda-like beverage you may gulp guilt-free with lunch, dinner and snacks.
If you don’t crave liquid when eating (I usually don’t), you may drink this simple concoction before or after your meal.
If you have sensitive digestion, the following may be crucial to your continued healing. If your digestion is already strong and regular, consider this rocket fuel to go that much farther with your state of health.
Here’s the 4-point formula for a digestion-aiding** elixir imbibed with a meal.
Try to have at least 2 out of 4 of these qualities when creating your elixir (the absolute best ever recipe version of this follows.)
1. Contains some acidity: Not acid-forming, but simply acidic (a.k.a. slightly sour). May contain lemon/lime juice, vitamin C rich berries, natural carbonation which is gently acidic, or lactic acid (in fermented beverages). This makes your drink agreeable to your stomach environment.
2. Contains some unrefined sea salt: Sodium chloride (salt) goes great with hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). Many cases of low stomach acid are related to a salt deficiency or an imbalance of electrolytes which may be corrected with more slightly salty pure water in elixir form.
3. Contains digestion and assimilation boosting herbs or spices. From ginger to goji berry, there are substances that taste amazing and stimulate healthy digestion and nutrient absorption in your GI tract.
4. Low to no sugar or is fermented. A sugary or fruit drink will tend to create a bad fermentation bloating bomb. Best to consume stevia-sweetened elixirs or probiotic-rich fermented drinks (water kefirs, kombucha, etc. in which the sugar has been converted by the beneficial bacteria into lactic acid and nutrients).
Tonic ‘Roy Rogers’ Cocktail
When I was a kid I would always order a ‘Shirley Temple’ (lemon-lime soda or ginger ale mixed with grenadine syrup) or a ‘Roy Rogers’ (cola mixed with grenadine) when dining out with my folks. I survived the sugar load! However, in appreciation for non-alcoholic cocktail nostalgia, I present to you the most bliss-inducing, digestion and nutrient assimilation enhancing beverage – perfect for you, family, friends, and kids 8 to 108+!
Blend on medium for 20 seconds in a blender:
5 cups spring water
1 tablespoon Longevity Power Goji Joy (goji synergizes the efficacy of food and herbs and enhances their assimilation in the digestive system)
Juice of 1 organic lime
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon KAL Stevia Extract powder, or more to taste
Likey the alcohol? Give this drink a few squirts of your favorite tonic herb tincture. 😉
Desire probiotics and fizz? Replace half the spring water with fresh coconut water kefir
For more digestion boosting: 1/4 teaspoon freshly micro-planed organic finer
Pour into glasses with a few ice cubes. Serve with a glass or plastic-free straw. Love your food. Love your drink. Love yourself. Happy belly! Cheers!