From “Everyday Ayurveda”
How to Turn Up the Digestive Furnace
STEP 1: Thin Bile = Thin You & Good Digestion
Before we can turn the furnace back on, we better be sure we fixed the reason why it was turned off in the first place. In this case we need to thin the bile because thick bile is a sign of a congested liver and slows down digestion.
Eat Beets for Healthy Bile
The best food to thin the bile is beets. If you can eat one beet a day for 3 months, you will help cleanse your liver, thin your bile and allow your stomach to fire up that furnace.
Beets are best if eaten raw and grated with lemon juice and a little flax seed oil. Eat like a salad with lunch or dinner.
Herbal formulas like Turmeric Plus and Liver Repair are also effective tools to support the liver and gallbladder.
STEP 2: Hydrate!
One of the biggest causes of poor digestion is dehydration! Yup, many of us don’t drink enough water to allow the stomach to produce the needed amount of digestive acid. Underneath the lining of the stomach is a water-dependant, alkaline, bicarbonate layer that neutralizes the stomachs acids. Simply put, if there is not enough water in the body, this bicarbonate layer becomes thin and the hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach could burn a hole in the stomach wall. As this is obviously unacceptable, the stomach lining inhibits the production of HCL during times of dehydration to avoid an ulcer.
When the HCL of the stomach is inhibited due to dehydration, the strength of the digestive furnace is dialed down to save the lining of the stomach, and hard to digest foods enter the small intestine undigested. This may lead to the symptoms listed above.