Yogies, what is the Bitter Principle and why do we need to add it to our Detox?
The bitter principle works by stimulating the bitter receptors in our tongue, boosting digestive enzymes in our stomach, thereby improving and strengthening the digestive system.
Digestive weakness and decrease in stomach enzymes both reduce the assimilation of nutrients by the body. Stress can disrupt digestion and this further decreases the body’s vital energy.
We all suffer from weak digestion at some point here are a few indicators to be conscious of:
- excessive gas
- painful digestion and intestinal cramps
- poor fat digestion
- poor protein digestion
- irritable bowel syndrome
- loss of energy and vitality
- excessive craving for sweets, fats, and carbohydrates
- food allergies
- digestive weakness due to mental overwork and lack of exercise
How to add this to your diet?
Twenty minutes before eating stimulate your taste buds with something bitter. Bitter gourd is a great one, cut a slice of it and eat it raw or cut 2 inches of the bitter gourd blend it with a little water and drink a teaspoon like a shot.
If you have a neem or margosa tree in your garden, take a leaf wash it and chew on it. It is not only a wonderful bitter but it also is a boost for your immune system.
After Dinner Calmative Foods.
After you have eaten your meal, to finish the digestive process why not chomp on our wonderful Sri Lankan cinnamon. Do you know we grow the most valuable cinnamon in the world? Buy yourself some cinnamon sticks, preferably organic and chew a 1/4 inch of a cinnamon stick after dinner. It will make your mouth taste and smell fragrant. It helps reduce candida a bad fungus in the body, reduces the rise in blood sugar after food and also increases the bodies ability to respond to insulin, thereby making it a perfect way for diabetics to finish off their meal. Finally cinnamon calms the digestive system allowing you to finish the digestive process you began with your bitters.
May the detox be with you! Still a few spaces left on the Guava House Retreat for anyone interested please telephone 0778011984.
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