You are not what you eat, you are what you digest
These days many people have problems with digestion and this is for good reasons. 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 which are a root cause of many diseases and food intolerances.
Having problems with digestion is not something you should be ashamed of but 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!
Eat real food
The first tip to loving your gut is to Eat Real Food! Try to eliminate processed foods from your diet as much as possible. The easiest way to support your digestion is to eat real, fresh whole foods (preferably organic) 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 are difficult to digest and without good nutritional qualities.
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. 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.
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!
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. These are the good bacteria that keep your gut healthy.
Natural fermentation breaks the food down to a more digestible form that also supports the good bacteria population. Try to experiment with different fermented foods and include them into your daily diet such as Kimchi, Kefir and Miso!
List of some fermented foods
- Apple cider vinegar
Sitting down and being still for long periods of time not only effects your mood, your energy level and your weight in a negative way, it also has a negative affect on your digestion.
Exercise helps to stimulate intestinal contractility and speeds up your digestion. Aim for around 20-30 minutes of light movement like yoga, walking or swimming if you have digestive issues as these light movements can help your digestive system to work more smoothly.
Can you commit to trying a few of these suggestions this week? Your tummy will thank you 🙂