Digestion is the process of our body breaking down the food we eat to obtain the nutrients from it. Food enters our mouth and throughout its journey, the body takes what it needs from the food in order to function, grow and heal its self.
It is the first main process that will enable cells to function. Care should be taken to maximize effective digestion within the body to feed the cells with as many nutrients as they need.
The body will absorb the nutrients during digestion, however, if the body is unable to absorb the nutrients the cells will still be missing the nutrients!
Once the nutrients are absorbed, they need to circulate in the bloodstream. If there are circulatory problems, again the cells will have problems receiving their much-needed nutrients.
Health begins and ends at a cellular level and to be healthy we must ensure that our cells have all that they need to survive!
The by-products of healthy digestion include –
- Fat burning,
- Extra energy
- Better sleep
- Stronger immune system
- Better mood
- More efficient mind
- Less discomfort
- Less bloating
To achieve Healthy Digestion
Achieving healthy digestion is quite simple really but in today’s modern world, it seems to be quiet hard to do.
We need to make sure we at foods rich in fibre (ideally, you should consume 30g of fibre a day).
This does not mean going out and eating tonnes of fibre based processed breakfast cereals, it means eating lots of fibre-based carbohydrates already containing natural vitamins and minerals!
For healthy digestion, we also want to reduce processed foods.
Foods high in fibre include (but not exclusive to) –
- Pearl Barley
- Split Peas
- Chia Seeds
- Dark-coloured vegetables. In general, the darker the colour of the vegetable, the higher the fibre content.
To obtain healthy digestion we also need to eat a moderate amount of ‘good fats’.
Examples of good fats include (but not exclusive to) –
- Nut oil
- Olive oil
- Oily Fish such as Salmon
- Avocado oil
- Seed oil
- Coconut oil
This really is just scraping the surface, there is lots of information out there about the Gut and how important its health is, Google can be your friend, as well as the numerous amount of books that have been written on the subject. Being mindful and aware is always 1st step!
Take time to eat your food, try not to eat when stressed or on the go. Give your body the right fuel and give it time to access it.
Maybe have a check to see how many of the above are on your shopping list?