21 ways to improve your digestion

Monday, June 4, 2018 in News, Tips

Eat Well and Feel Great!







The key to great health is good digestion

Focusing on your digestion is paramount to creating lasting health and weight management. Nowadays, the gastrointestinal tract is sadly neglected, impacting how we feel on a daily basis.

As a colonic hydrotherapist, you could say that I’m somewhat of a specialist when it comes to gut health – from my own experience, I’ve seen some of the symptoms experienced by sluggish digestion including; bloating, skin issues, tiredness, lack of enthusiasm, food cravings, bad wind, bad breath, headaches, constipation and IBS; the list goes on…

The good news is, I’ve also seen how great you can feel when you look after your digestive system. With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of easy to follow ways that will improve your digestion. Implementing just some of these will help you reap the rewards with better health, increased vitality and weight loss.

21 ways to improve your digestion

  1. Water: drink 2-3 litres of room temperature, filtered water daily. Incorporating warm lemon water and herbal teas is a great way to increase hydration. Always focus on your fluids being tepid/room temperature, not hot or cold, as your digestion doesn’t like this.
  2. Avoid caffeine, sugary and carbonated style drinks, as these fluids put a lot of strain on the body and cause dehydration. They can also spike your blood sugar and adrenals, making you feel tired.
  3. Add good bacteria (fermented foods) like kombucha, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, live organic natural yoghurt, a good strain of pro-biotic supplement.
  4. Add pre-biotics to your diet (artichokes, green bananas, leeks, onions, garlic and asparagus) to help your good bacteria thrive! We need to create the right environment for our lovely good bacteria to thrive and keep us well.
  5. Drink bone or potassium broth to help soothe and heal your digestive system. A calming drink to help when your gut is unhappy.
  6. Drink vegetable/fruit juices and smoothies daily (3/4 veg and 1/4 fruit). You can add nuts/seeds and avocado for a filling drink.
  7. Stick garlic up your bum. Oh yes! Garlic is great for bad wind, sore bottom, itchy bottom, bloating. Gently squeeze a clove, dip in olive oil and insert up the rectum as far as the finger takes it. Ideally do this just before bed and you’ll poop it out the next day! Garlic is very healing.
  8. Eat high fibre foods – beans, lentils, vegetables, fruit quinoa, buckwheat, nuts, seeds.
  9. Eat vegetables half raw and half steamed daily. Remember to chew your food really well to release all of the lovely enzymes that will aid digestion.
  10. Avoid grain style foods like bread, pasta, rice. These foods are very sticky, cause inflammation in the body (plus water retention) and cause more harm than good.
  11. Eat more good fats like avocados, olives, seeds, nuts, coconut oil, hemp seep oil, olive oil and MCT oil.
  12. Eat organic meats (if you like eating meat). Avoid pork, which is terrible for digestion. The gut prefers lighter meats or fish.
  13. Have more Vegetarian or Vegan days.
  14. Avoid spicy foods that irritate your gut; listen to your body, if your stools become soft or you experience diarrhoea, then don’t eat them.
  15. Learn to manage the stress in your life. The brain and the gut talk to each-other so if you are stressed, then so is your gut and it will react. Focus on de-stressing techniques like yoga, breathing, meditation, mindfulness, a warm epsom salt bath or walks in the fresh air.
  16. Chew your food slowly. Very very important. Get that mucous coating your food before it enters the stomach. We tend to swallow not chew our food, and this can cause many digestive issues. Take your time and chew your food until its a soupy consistency, enjoy the taste and texture. Digestion is very sensitive to stress and will shut down temporarily. You don’t want undigested food stagnating in your gut, this will cause many problems.
  17. Have 1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar before a meal, to help with digestion.
  18. Don’t drink fluids whilst eating as this interferes with and dilutes with your digestive juices. It is paramount the secretions are the correct ratio so they can work for you and break down your food effectively.
  19. Don’t over eat- only eat when hungry. Listen to your body.
  20. Fast. Fortnightly or monthly, give your gut a complete day to rest (preferably fasting on water or vegetable juices). It’s easy to do 24 hours by having your last meal at 6pm then don’t eat again until 6pm the following day. You’ll be amazed how easy it is, how much more energy you have and that you actually feel less hungry.
  21. Exercise is important for many reasons, not least because by breathing more deeply, your lungs massage your gut and help to keep things moving.

All disease starts in the gut. Therefore, the solution to ANY issue facing you today, not just digestive problems, will begin by giving your digestive system some care and attention.

Start slowly, but start today.

To your digestive health,

Danielle Parkinson.

Colon Hydrotherapist & Nutritionist

Need help?

For further help when it comes to digestive complaints try Colon Hydrotherapy. Cleanse your system of toxic waste, hydrate and learn about the right foods to eat to reduce digestive issues.

Call: 07737 204 866

email: danielle@essentialhealthcolonics.co.uk


Southville Clinic, 68 Coronation Road, Southville Bristol BS3 1AS

Flax Seed Crackers which are low in carbs and vegan!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Essential Health Recipes, News, Tips

God I love these!  I really wanted a cracker that I can enjoy which is low in refined sugar.  These crackers are delicious and are high in protein, fat, fibre and low in carbs!  Fantastic.

I added, sea salt, pepper, cajun spice and seaweed to my crackers, you can add whatever you like.


Tasty, healthy and low in carbs!!

Oat, Banana, Peanut butter and Cocoa nib Biscuits

Friday, April 13, 2018 in Essential Health Recipes, News
  • mash up 3 ripe bananas
  • add Oats 2-3 small cups
  • add Choc chips 1-2 small cups
  • 2 tbsp Peanut butter
  • Mix together so all combined and slightly gooey and sticky, taste it to see if sweet enough
  • add honey to sweeten
  • take little balls and flatten into biscuit shape on parchment paper
  • Bake in the oven at 180°c until they are cooked to your liking!


NEWS AND TIPS PAGE – Did you know activated charcoal, could help reduce wind?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Essential Health Recipes, News, Tips

Are you suffering with IBS? 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Essential Health Recipes, News, Tips


Maybe you want to improve you diet to help with your symptoms?  Try colon hydrotherapy, coupled with lots of diet advice to try and get you feeling back on track.  Call Danielle to book on 07737 204866 #colonics #coloncleanse #IBS #digestivecomplaints

News and Tips Page – did you know we produce upto 1.5 litres of wind per day?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Essential Health Recipes, News, Tips

Tofu and Quinoa with Miso

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Essential Health Recipes, News, Tips


This was a delicious lunch that I made yesterday, so I’m having it again today!!  It was very fresh, zingy and filling.  Full of goodness and looks beautiful on the plate!

  • Gently fry 1/2 a pack of firm tofu, 1 red pepper, 1 celery stick, 2 palm fulls of spinach, a palm full of cashew nuts (unsalted); in a little organic butter, 1 clove of garlic, 1 -2 tbsp of miso, salt, pepper and seaweed seasoning to your liking.  Then squeeze 1/2 a lemon, and you may need to add a little filtered water to make a slight sauce to soak into the ingredients.
  • A side of romaine lettuce, 1/2 avocado, alfalfa and tomatoes with a sprinkle of olive oil, seaweed, salt and pepper.
  • Perfecto!

Psuedocereals can be used as  a substitute for grains.  These cereals are actually seeds, so are nicer on our digestion, have more nutrients, and are less carby, but fill you up.

Quinoa is a great substitute for rice or pasta and much better for you!




Monday, March 19, 2018 in News, Tips

What are your farts telling you!

Monday, March 19, 2018 in Essential Health Recipes, News, Tips

Don’t suffer with bad wind!


I see a lot of gassy clients in my clinic.  Its a very uncomfortable and embarrassing symptom to deal with on a daily basis.  There are many reasons for this, Alternative Daily write tell us why, and here are a few of my own:







  1. Not chewing your food.  You need to take your time and chew your food to a soupy consistency, before swallowing.
  2. Stop drinking liquids with your food. This dilutes your digestive juices, so will prevent you from breaking down your food effectively. Hold back on fluids say 1 hour before eating, during and 1 hour afterwards.
  3. Don’t eat if you are in a rush on feeling stressed. Digestion shuts down when the body is under pressure.
  4. Diary style foods can cause flatulence and bad smelling wind.  Try cutting down or stopping these foods to see if this helps.
  5. If you don’t soak nuts/seeds/dried fruit/beans/lentils, these foods can cause bad wind.
  6. Eating a diet high in animal meats, can cause smelly wind, due to these foods staying in your digestive system longer.
  7. Eating foods high in refined carbohydrates and low in nutrients. Convenience foods cause bad wind.
  8. Digestive issues like constipation or IBS can cause terrible wind.

Have a read from Alternative Daily and see what other reasons are causing you wind CLICK ME TO READ MORE!

Try Colon Hydrotherapy to see if this treatment can ease your symptoms

Call 0117 9632335 to book.



Monday, March 19, 2018 in News, Tips