Do you suffer from indigestion, bloating, burping and flatulence?
Has this become a chronic issue that you are putting up with?
What if you could change all of those issues with a few lifestyle modifications. What if you could really light your digestive fire, and in doing so improve your symptoms and overall health and wellness.
In our society, mild digestive issues are becoming more common. If left unchecked, digestive issues can become chronic and lead to other health concerns. Our digestive function requires both a chemical and mechanical sequence of events some of which we have complete control over which are:
- taking time out with ‘mindfulness eating’ to allow your parasympathetic nervous system to light your digestive fire
- our choice of ‘fuel’ (aka food)
It’s funny that the single most important thing you can do to improve your digestion, before taking any supplements, herbs, or medications is to chew your food. Many people just don’t chew their food adequately. Did you know that the average amount of time you should chew each mouthful of food is 30 times?
Here’s the thing…
Digesting your food properly is incredibly important because it allows you to get the most out of the food (or fuel) you’ve chosen for your body. I hear of so many situations where clients are literally ‘eating on the run’ from this task, to that. It may have worked for a while, but sooner or later it will catch up on you. When we scoff our food, we miss out on crucial digestive steps which places more stress and strain on our digestive system causing issues.
Prominent Signs and Symptoms of poor digestion
- Poor absorption of nutrients – especially Vitamin B12, Iron, Zinc.
- Soft, flaky nails, white spots
- Limp and dull hair, hair fall
- Digestive symptoms (as above)
- Undesirable bowel movements such as constipation, diarrhoea, or undigested food present
- Thyroid issues
- Anxiety (poor digestion can exacerbate anxiety, and anxiety can cause issues with digestion)
7 Keys for Better Digestion
- Home cooking activates the cephalic phase (the smell of food interacting with the brain) and this helps to stimulate your digestive enzymes. Think salivation from the smell of a roast dinner.
- Allocating a proper meal time allows us to relax into the parasympathetic nervous system which governs digestion. This allows blood flow to the digestive tract providing the fuel to boost our digestive fire.
- Having a ‘pause’ or saying grace or simple gratitude statement before each meal really enhances the time out for your meal.
- Chew chew chew chew for 30 times to activate the salivary amylase which starts to breakdown the starches in food.
- Prior to eating you may wish to sip on some apple cider vinegar in hot water. This bitterness will stimulate your digestive enzymes.
- Bring back the bitter foods – rocket, endive, baby spinach, lemons, limes, apple cider vinegar. Foods that are naturally bitter get those enzymes going for efficient chemical breakdown of your foods.
- Really take your time during meal times and practice mindfulness eating. No phone, emails, TV, or work. Just focus on the food you are chewing.
Take the challenge to improve your digestion and overall health
Practice ALL of these 7 steps over the next week. Really take it on as a challenge, and focus on completing each step with your meals. See how you feel at the end of the week.
P.S. Focus on choosing ‘whole’ foods – not processed or packaged foods. For example, think ¾ vegetables and salads on the plate with a few ‘bitter’ foods, and some lean protein, wholegrain carbohydrate.
See how you feel, if it improved your digestion somewhat. If not, you may be requiring some more complex digestive system support. Get in touch and we’ll support you.
Book your Health Care – Mini Consultation (15 mins) $45 for an overview of your digestive system.