Full and No Room For More…And You’ve Just Woken?

Good Sunny Saturday!

Wow - this is the best time of the year to do liquid fasting days, juicing and lean meals.  Have you adapted to the weather with your diet?  I wonder how many of you have kept up your daily routine - cereal or toast in the morning, sandwich at lunch, meat and 3 veges (and the largest meal) for dinner?  If you wake the next morning full and not really ready to eat, but you do anyway, you could be a slow empty-er.

Slow stomach emptying is a condition that leaves you feeling full for a long time after meals, and if it is happening after waking from your sleep, it would indicate your digestive system is very sluggish, probably retaining old fecal matter, generating toxic residue, creating an overgrowth and transportation of unhealthy yeasts and bacteria, contributing to physical and mental sluggishness, potentially irritable resulting in swings between constipation and diarrhea and a hot spot for longer term illnesses.

Speeding up the emptying at the stomach level (the actual stomach, not your colon which is further down under your ribs and around behind your belly button) can be an effective way to solve some of the health issues above simply by improving how your food is broken down soon after you chew and swallow (assuming you do chew!).  In fact, if you are waking without an appetite for your first meal, and perhaps even feeling a little queasy and off, this is a sign that you may be heading for a day of being well and truly behind your 8 ball and further away from the potential you could have achieved in your to do list that day.

There are a couple of things you may need to employ to get your hunger back for the first meal of the day.  Here are my top 8 stomach emptying stimulators:

1.  Chew way slower during the meals to start with, a fast food intake can skip important digestive acid and enzyme chemical output which help to regulate what happens at the next phase of your digestive processing unit.

2.  Start your day with a large drink of filtered water - 300 - 600 ml is recommended.  A hydration start is a great way to flush old toxins through the system, hydrate the bowel after rest and gently wake up the digestive organs to prime them for work.  Add a little fresh lemon or diluted dandelion tea/ginger tea for extra therapeutic action.

3.  Every few days, swap your cereal for a blended juice - a cashew/berrie/coconut milk/cinnamon or macadamia/banana/kale/water blend can be enough to give your body some liquefied sustenance whilst flushing through your old meals.

4.  Pop 2 high strength probiotics the night before at dinner to help the processing in your colon over night as well as correcting bacterial imbalances.

5.  Consider herbs to stimulate stomach emptying and hydrochloric acid promotion - gentian, meadowsweet, ginger are just a few that work really well.

6.  Train your body to eliminate through the bowels in the morning soon after waking - the big drink of water can really help here.  Also having a box to prop your feet onto can angle your knees and therefore your colon for easier elimination.  When you eliminate well, you are clearing the 'tube' above for more room.

7.  If you are particularly nauseas, employ antifungal herbs under supervision to move adverse bacteria along faster.  One indication you may have this going on is that you are craving sugar, experience bloating and are irritable and foggy from morning to night.

8. Avoid high volumes of liquids whilst eating dinner. A small sip of water with a tsp of apple cider vinegar can be helpful to stimulate digestive acids and enzymes, but only about 100ml is required.  If you suffer heart burn or indigestion, you may need to dilute this further or consult me for some guidance on your digestive tract healing as a first step measure.

Remember - your last meal of the day is best to be the lightest so you can wake up hungry - this morning at 5.40 am - my hunger actually woke me!

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