Gastrointestinal disorders are very common. In fact, one out of three Americans at one time or another will have a digestive condition. Pharmacy shelves are brimming with remedies such as antacids, laxatives, and drugs for indigestion, intestinal gas, diarrhea, and nausea. In addition to having unpleasant side effects, drugs often hide the cause of the problem. They interfere with the body’s own healing systems, allowing digestion to get worse, not better. In contrast, the Digestive Clearing Diet is a natural approach to healing your digestive system for life. You can Heal.

I have never met a person with a digestive disorder who has not been able to improve his or her condition with natural treatments. Does this mean that all these people are symptom-free all the time? No, that would be unrealistic. What is realistic is that you can take some of the bite out of your digestive symptoms. In others words, you control your digestive system rather than letting it control you. Many clients have been able to reduce their symptoms so that they can lead more normal lives. Some of my clients have been able to avoid drastic surgeries, and others have been able to be weaned off strong pharmaceutical drugs that have debilitating side effects.

We live in an instant age with instant breakfast, instant banking, and computer dating; it’s no wonder that we desire an instant cure. Rather than use a “Band-Aid approach”we can often obtain greater results by identifying the underlying cause of symptoms. Identifying the underlying reasons for the digestive disorder allows us to work on the root of the problem. Excess stress; eating foods we do not tolerate; and exposure to toxins such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi are often the basis for digestive problems. Digestive Clearing Diet is created for the person with limited access to holistic practitioners. It is designed as a supplement to my book Healing Digestive Disorders: Natural Treatments for Gastrointestinal Conditions. The Digestive Clearing Program, introduced in Healing Digestive Disorders, will be revisited.

The Digestive Clearing Diet has helped thousands of people improve their digestive health. This program is suitable for most patients with chronic indigestion, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, intestinal gas, diarrhea, diverticular disorders, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and gallbladder disease. We have found our program to be 90 percent effective for those who faithfully follow it.

The Digestive Clearing Diet addresses exercise, stress reduction, and a change in diet. Although this is a self-treatment program, it is essential that you also see a health professional to get a thorough diagnosis. Your symptoms might be caused by something other than a digestive disorder, or you may have a rare condition that is not mentioned here, so please get a thorough biomedical evaluation. It is fine to show your health professional this program and to inform him or her about your decision to follow this program. Derivatives of this program are used in many clinics across the country.

By focusing on diet and the emotions, we can find the underlying cause of your symptoms. Even if you have inherited a gene that predisposes you to a digestive disorder, it is still possible through stress reduction and some diet detective work to overcome your condition. The treatment is to identify stressful emotions as well as discover which foods may be triggering symptoms in your body. If you think you may have come in contact with a toxin that is causing your digestive problem, it is essential that you see a health professional to be evaluated.

We will be focusing on stress-reduction techniques, exercise, and a specific way of eating that will help you evaluate your own food reactions. The program consists of a two-week introduction phase in which changes to your diet will be made gradually, followed by the two-week clearing phase. It is important to get daily exercise and do the stress-reduction techniques as specified. For best results, it is important that you follow the plan as stated. We recommend that you do twenty minutes of daily exercise. If walking twenty minutes per day sounds like too much, you may need to work up to this level before starting the program.

There are two stress-reduction techniques: meditation and abdominal massage. Certain experienced meditators may look at these techniques and think they are not advanced enough, but remember we are taking a vacation from our former lives. You can get back to your own routine at the end of the five weeks. Think of the five weeks as an experiment to regain your digestive health. It is important not to fight the program. Although at times you might get frustrated while undergoing the program, sabotaging it will only hurt you, as will trying to tweak the program by adding “just one little thing.” The program is so powerful that some individuals find their digestive symptoms dramatically reduced in the first two weeks. Sound good? Let’s get Started!