I recently watched a video that was trying to sell an expensive formula to improve people's digestive health. I really enjoyed the video and thought they had many great ideas, and explained why our digestive health is so important. However I always believe that we should address our lifestyle and eating habits if we are suffering poor health, rather than reaching for expensive pills and formulas.
The Effect of Our Digestive System On Our Health.
The American College of Gastroenterology says that 95 million Americans suffer with digestive problems. Many holistic health practitionersВ release that the key to good health is through the gut, however with conventional medical treatment the gut is often overlooked as the cause for illnesses.
Our digestive system plays a crucial role, not only in breaking down food, but also gives out the nutrients needed by each of the cells in our bodies, aids the elimination process, helps to regulate our sleeping, defends us from toxins, can boost our sex drive and is constantly communicating with our brain.
How to Ensure your Digestive System is Healthy
Firstly it is vital that we avoid processed foods and foods that contain high levels of processed sugar, which are void of nutrients, and instead we need to be eating fresh vegetables and fruits which are preferably organically grown. Eating plant foods ensures our bodies get essential phytonutrients which help, our bodies blood sugar levels to remain stable, our energy levels to be optimized and helps our emotional well-being.
It is also important to detox. Detoxing allows our bodies to get rid of the toxins that we accumulate in our bodies from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the processed foods, alcohol and tobacco smoke. This can be done by juice fasting, and doing colon cleanses.
Gut health can also be improved by taking chlorella and spirulina, as well as being sure to get good probiotics and prebiotics into your body.
Once you have detoxed you may want to consider how to continually optimise your digestive systems health. Here are three tips I recently learnt.
- Be sure to chew your food until it is like liquid in your mouth, this means your digestive system will have less work to do.
- Include salads before your meals, doing this creates an enzyme friendly environment in your gut. The enzymes then transfer energy from your food to your body more efficiently.
- Eat bitter foods. When we taste bitter foods this stimulates our saliva glands as well as activating gastric secretion of hydrochloric acid and other enzymes which boost our digestion. Bitter foods are things such as dandelion greens, melon bitters and even cacao nibs and powder
Finally, as the gut is so vital for longevity if you are worried about your gut health it may be worth your while to see a naturopath who can assist you in ensuring your digestive system is as healthy as possible.