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Optimal digestion depends upon food being doused with a healthy amount of stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (HCL) when it gets to the stomach. Without HCL, the digestion of protein, carbohydrates, and fat will become incomplete. Carbohydrates need a less acidic environment in our stomach than protein. Diets consisting mostly of protein and carbohydrate combinations like sandwiches and meat and potatoes will slow the production of HCL. Protein signals the production of HCL and carbohydrates signal the stomach to slow HCL production. The body adjusts to your eating habits by producing less HCL to accommodate both protein and carbohydrates. This leaves a great deal of undigested food in the stomach that eventually begins to ferment creating acid reflux, heartburn and ulcer type symptoms. Taking antacids in this state will only signal to the body to continue to make less HCL, eventually leading to an addiction to things like Tums or Prilosec. Read More
In a quality blender:
1 cup of filtered water
1 shot of Aloe Vera juice
Half a small grapefruit peeled or one small lemon
1/3 piece of cucumber with skin
1/2 stalk of celery
½ an organic granny smith apple
Small nub of fresh ginger to taste
1 tsp Himalayan Salt
1 T of bee pollen
Other options are to add half cup of spinach, a carrot, or half an orange peeled, or half a lemon or lime peeled. I also like to add seasonal fruits like organic grapes or pomegranates.
Aloe Vera Juice is known to aid in the healing of ulcers and help the digestive tract to work smoothly. Aloe is also used to detoxify the body and cleanse the colon. The detoxification properties of the juice also work to detoxify the blood stream. Aloe vera juice also acts as an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent, preventing illness. Cucumbers are one of the best kidney cleansers and paired with celery and apples, they are super hydrating. Cucumbers also contain the enzyme erepsin which helps digest proteins and is known to kill tape worms. Celery’s sodium content stimulates HCL production that also promotes protein digestion. Grapefruits are easy on blood sugar but are high in the enzyme bromelain, another protein digestive enzyme. (Pineapple is also known to contain high levels of bromelain). Grapefruit (like lemons and sour apples) also contains malic acid which is known to help eliminate and prevent both kidney and gall stones. Bee Pollen is an excellent source of predigested proteins. It is also a great source of choline.