4 Steps to Proper Digestion

YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU EAT, YOU ARE WHAT YOU DIGEST

These days most people tend to have problems with digestion and this is for good reason. In general, we eat too many processed foods, don´t move enough (or at all) and are stressed for a good portion of our day. All of this can lead to digestive problems. Digestive problems are the root cause of many diseases and food intolerances.

Having digestive problems is not something you should be ashamed of but rather, something you should take seriously. A change of lifestyle is the most efficient way to get your digestion back on track so you can absorb all the good nutrients of your food to get you feeling your best!

Before you eat, stop and check to see if the food you are about to consume is full of fiber and beneficial nutrients. If it’s not, then chances are it’s going to hinder your health and cause you digestive distress. It’s time to love your gut again!

LOVE YOUR GUT: EAT REAL FOOD

An essential part of loving your gut and getting your digestive health back on track is to eat real food! Try to eliminate processed foods from your diet as much as possible as these burn out the digestive tract and cause bad bacteria to over populate your system.

The easiest way to support your digestion is to eat real, fresh whole foods (preferably organic whenever possible) that are packed full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, enzymes without artificial colors, preservatives and unnatural chemicals.

Our bodies are not meant to process artificial foods made in a lab that is difficult to digest. We are designed to eat and absorb real food grown from the ground! Have you had something fresh and nutritious today?

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LOVE YOUR GUT: CHEW YOUR FOOD

Did you know that digestion begins in your mouth with chewing your food properly? Most people chew each mouthful only 5-10 times resulting in food that isn’t broken down enough. For your body to absorb nutrients and break down enzymes in the food you eat, your mouthful of food should become liquid before it is swallowed.

It is recommended that you chew every mouthful of food a minimum of 20-30 times before swallowing so it becomes liquid and therefor easier to digest. By doing so your body will be able to maximize the nutritional benefits to support your digestive system, get healthier and maybe even lose some weight along the way!

It’s important to remember that when eating, try to avoid distractions such as watching TV, playing a game, answering emails or reading the newspaper so that you can sit and really focus on chewing your food.

Your gut will love you for it!

LOVE YOUR GUT: EAT FERMENTED FOODS

Fermented foods are a real superfood for your gut and digestion because they are full of beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins and various strains of probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that keep your gut healthy and maintain a healthy body.

Natural fermentation breaks the food down into a more digestible form which in turn, supports the good bacteria population. Try to experiment with different fermented foods and include them in your daily diet such as Kimchi, Kefir and Miso!

A few others you might want to try:

Sauerkraut
Kimchi
Kombucha
Kefir
Pickles
Miso
Lassi
Tempeh
Apple cider vinegar
Yogurt

LOVE YOUR GUT: MOVE!

Sitting down and being still for long periods of time not only affects your mood, your energy level, and your weight in a negative way, but it also has a negative effect on your digestion. If you struggle with digestive distress in any way, then keep reading…

It’s time to move your body! Exercise helps to stimulate intestinal contractility and speeds up your digestion process. This means getting up and moving your body (even lightly) for a minimum of 15 minutes a day.

For good digestive (and of course, overall) health, try to aim for around 20-30 minutes of light movement such as walking or swimming. These additional movements in the body can help your digestive system to operate more smoothly.

Afterall, a happy tummy is a happy YOU!

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