Digestion Support: 4 Easy Ways
Updated: Apr 12
We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat". To break down our food into the nutrients our bodies needs, we must have a healthy digestive system that works in sync.
The digestive system can be supported with a few simple steps. To ensure your digestion is running smoothly, consider implementing these tips into your daily routine.
1. Eating times are an invitation to “chill”
By taking 3 deep belly breaths slowly, you can relax your body before eating. This supports our bodies to activate the calm parasympathetic system which helps our bodies ability to digest food more efficiently. Stress can cause the sympathetic nervous system to go into overload, which we refer to as the fight or flight response. In this state, we are prevented from digesting to protect ourselves from an imagined or real perceived threat. It has been found that even stressful thoughts can affect the digestive system, by suppressing gut motility, enzyme production, salivary production, and acid flow.
2. Food is to be loved + intentionally chewed
Did you know that digestion starts in the mouth? The act of chewing breaks food into smaller particles, which help us to absorb more nutrients, resulting in a satiating experience with our food. Through this process, the saliva is stimulated to produce enzymes that break down nutrients. When food reaches the digestive tract, it starts producing gastric juices.
3. Increase what?
The stomach contains hydrochloric acid, which is a part of gastric juices. In addition to breaking down proteins, it also destroys pathogenic organisms that enter our bodies through our food. Symptoms of low HCl include indigestion, bloating, flatulence, burping and feeling as though food has been sitting in the stomach for a while as well as unpleasant breath, no thank you!
You can boost your HCl by following these steps:
Take two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 6-8oz of water before meals
Consume bitter vegetables such as arugula, radicchio, and dandelion greens; take bitter tinctures prior to eating. Consume chamomile, dandelion, and lemon balm tea for an extra boost.
Zinc and magnesium are essential for acid secretion, and eating enough of these minerals can ensure your diet is rich and well-rounded. There are several foods that are rich in these minerals such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, swiss chard, sesame seeds, quinoa, and avocados.
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Anna Frumkin N.C.