An Easy Way to Improve Your Digestion
If you suffer from poor digestion, bloating, stomach aches, constipation or diarrhea, odds are there’s one thing you’re not doing.
This is by far the simplest, most effective way to improve your digestion exponentially right away. You might be surprised by how incredibly improving your gut health really is.
chew your food more.
So simple right?! Yet so often moms (and kids) rush through their meals and aren’t consciously chewing their food until it’s ready to enter the other digestive phases.
What most people don’t know is that the digestive process starts in the mouth. When we chew our food, the digestive enzyme amylase is released through our saliva and begins the process of breaking down starches. When the amylase doesn’t get even time to interact with the food, it skips the important first step of the digestive process!
This is when you run into common problems like acid reflux, bloating and general digestive discomfort.
A good rule of thumb is to chew each bite of food at least 30 times.
Now I’m not saying sit there and spend forever chewing your food. But it’s useful to get an idea of how long this really takes. For most people, this will likely double the amount of time you spend eating. I realize that may not be ideal if you have little kids who can’t sit for more than a couple minutes. Do what you can though.
When you eat too quickly your body can’t catch up to let your brain know when you’re actually full. Slowing down helps you to only eat what your body needs and avoid the digestive discomfort that comes along with overeating.
In France, Spain and Italy it’s much more common to take your time eating. These cultures have lower incidence of modern diseases and digestive disorders than North America, as well as a lower incidence of obesity.
When you slow down and thoroughly chew every bite of food that enters your body it opens the space for more enjoyment and gratitude.
These things might not seem important, but they’ll do more for your health than any green juice ever will.
So slow down, and start thoroughly enjoying every bite you eat, your belly will thank you.
Chew your smoothie?
Yes, you should chew smoothies and soups as well. While you don’t really need to chew them in order to break down the food, the chewing signals to your body it’s time to digest. There is a saying that you should chew your drinks and drink your food, or something like that, I can’t remember the exact wording. What it means though is you should be chewing your food until it’s a liquid and chewing your liquids as if they were solid food. This will improve your digestion, which in turn can affect your overall health as well. No, you don’t need to chew your water.
Here is a cranberry smoothie recipe just in time for Thanksgiving. If you have issues with your thyroid you might want to avoid the raw kale in the smoothie. Raw cruciferous vegetables can suppress the function of the thyroid.
- 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup coconut milk kefir or unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup kale
- 1/2 avocado
- Dash of cinnamon
- Sweeten as needed with honey or stevia
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I suffered for years from fatigue, anxiety, depression, hormone issues, digestive issues and just overall not feeling like I felt I should. I thought maybe it was just because I was a mom and my kids had sucked the life out of me. My doctor told me I was just getting older.
I couldn’t accept that this was how I would feel everyday, I wanted to enjoy time with my kids, not dread them asking me to play with them.
Fast forward through many health struggles and now I finally feel like I am in control of my health.
It has been a long journey to get to where I am now but what I have learned is that the basic principles of health, are some of the most important pieces of where I am today. Understanding what your body needs to function at it’s best is one of the most powerful tools, it’s not some fancy, expensive gadget or supplement. It’s the basics that are important! Diet and Lifestyle can make a huge impact on your health and well being.
My mission is to teach other moms how to take back their health, energy and mood naturally. Empowering them to take charge of their own health and well being, as well as raise healthy, happy kids.