ALL ABOUT DIGESTION

Why is digestion important?

The digestive system is a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the body. Your digestive system breaks nutrients into parts small enough for your body to absorb and use for energy, growth, and cell repair.

When the digestive system is out of balance, we can become less efficient at breaking down food and absorbing what we need from it. This results in symptoms like nausea, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, low energy, and eventually malnutrition.

Digestive problems are best considered by asking three fundamental questions.

Are you digesting your food properly?
Are you absorbing your nutrients?
Are you eliminating efficiently?

These three stages - digestion, absorption and elimination are vital for overall health and wellbeing.

How does digestion work?

The digestive process begins as soon as we see, smell or even think about food. We salivate to get ready for swallowing and begin to break down food as soon as it enters our mouths.

Once we swallow, food travels through the oesophagus and into the stomach where it is combined with acid and enzymes that break down our food a little bit more. Once the food reaches the small intestine, a secretion of enzymes are released to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. Our colons then help absorb whats left of the fluids and nutrients before we form stool and eliminate what we don’t need.

 

 

Healthy Belly Tips
Everyday tips
1 tbsp. apple cider in a small amount of water before each main meal
Slow down and chew eat mouthful of food
Eat real food - more from the earth, less from a packet
Reduce portion sizes and avoid overeating
Make sure you stay hydrated! Drink between 2-3 litres of filtered water per day, more if exercising or in hot conditions
Move your body - anything is better than none, aim for 30-60 minutes per day

 

Foods to avoid:
Process and packaged foods
Milk and dairy foods
Gluten and wheat
High sugar foods
Store bought juices
Processed and non-organic meats

 

Foods to include:

Choose organic where possible
Slow cooked foods and meats
Broths and soups
Herbal tea - peppermint, chamomile
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Probiotic rich foods - kombucha/sauerkraut

 

 

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