Improve Your Digestion
There is a tremendous amount of research tying common health issues, which most would consider unrelated to gut health. When you think about it… it makes a lot of sense. Your gastrointestinal tract (GI) is one of the largest systems in your body (about 30ft long!) and is made up of: the mouth, the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine (or "small bowel") and the large intestine, which are supported by enzymes from the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Your GI tract acts as your body’s food processor, and if it’s blocked, overloaded, polluted with toxins such as food additives, pesticides, and preservatives, it is going to let you know how it feels. Digestive problems such as gas, bloating, reflux, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease can seriously hinder our daily functioning and make us miserable. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg – an unhealthy gut has also been linked to poor sleeping, low energy, food sensitivity, autoimmune conditions, and skin problems. How is this possible? Simply put, when you eat, you’re not just feeding your stomach, your feeding the trillions of microorganisms that make up every component of your body.
When it comes down to it, your gut has two jobs is to break down food into easily absorbable components that every part of your body can use, and expelling toxins. If you’re feeding your body “food” that it can’t break down – additives, pesticides, and preservatives- it can’t do its job.
So what can you do to make it easier? There are a few things that aid in digestion:
- Eat Clean – limit the amount of additives and preservatives you are putting into your body.
- Pro/Prebiotics – consuming foods with prebiotics in them (yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut), or taking a probiotic can aid with digestion and give your healthy guy bacteria a boost. Side note, if you are taking probiotic capsules consume them slightly before eating your food otherwise they sit on top of the food you eat, which can lead to upset stomach.
- Chew Your Food - The best way to ensure that we are helping make it easy for our bodies to digest our food is to chew, chewing triggers cephalic phase digestion. This will help break down the food which will aid digestion AND better absorbed for optimal nutrition.
As mentioned above, chewing is one of the best ways to aids to digestion; however, it’s also one we often take for granted so much so that we sometimes just swallow our food whole, not chewing it at all. This will ultimately lead to poor digestion and cravings since the food won’t be able to be broken down and absorbed by your body.
Learning how to chew your food properly (up to 30 times per bite) will help you extract the maximum nutrients from your food and get your digestive juices flowing right AND help keep your weight down and your tummy flat.
Contact me today to begin your journey with better health and better digestion.