6 Tips for Healthy Digestion
Good digestion is a cornerstone of optimal health. It's essential to extract the maximum amount of nutrition from food and eliminate toxins as efficiently as possible. When digestion isn't working properly, the body can feel fatigued, bloated, and constipated, leading to an overall decline in quality of life. In order for our bodies to de-toxify all the toxins we are exposed to through our food, air, water and skin (think of all the body care products), it’s important for our digestive system to work properly and efficiently.
In the US, Americans are plagued with poor digestion and even worse, symptoms of leaky gut. Do you have issues with food or environmental allergies? Skin rashes? Joint pain? IBS issues? The list related to leaky gut is endless. More than 90% of chronic illness starts in the GUT and our “happy hormones” are also created in the gut. Soooooo, if you also struggle with mood or anxiety issues, your gut could actually be to blame!
Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps that can be taken to ensure healthy digestion. Developing and maintaining good digestion habits is essential for long-term wellness - if you want to live your best life, make taking care of your gut a vital part of it.
Part of my wellness coaching is to help clients get to the root of their gut issues, improve their digestion and begin the journey of self-healing! Believe it or not, there are some simple measures you can take to heal your gut AND some supplements that can support you during this time. When clients work directly with me, I am able to offer education, support and guidance on which supplements are the best bang for the buck! We don’t need “expensive pee” with wasted $$ on supplements that don’t work for you. But here’s some tips to get started.
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Here are six tips on how to improve your digestion.
Eat Slowly and Mindfully
Most people have experienced the feeling of eating too quickly and not being able to finish—or worse yet, feeling bloated or uncomfortable after consuming a meal. Eating slowly allows you to savor the flavors of each bite while allowing your stomach enough time to signal when it's full. Additionally, eating mindfully encourages mindful eating habits and helps you practice mindful chewing habits, which can also help improve digestion. Eating a variety of fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds, can provide bulk to stool which will help move food waste through more efficiently.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water plays an essential role in digestion by helping break down food particles into smaller pieces from which the body can easily absorb nutrients. Additionally, water helps transport those nutrients throughout the body to be used for energy and other bodily functions. Aim for at least half of your body weight in ounces of water daily for optimal hydration levels and improved digestion.
Proper supplement can play a key role in supporting the digestive system while you are working on getting to the roots! Supplements should supplement a good diet, not take the place of it so they have their role AND should only need to be used for a short time! If you’re searching for a good place to start with supplements, I HIGHLY recommend JustThrive’s probiotic and prebiotic system! Thrive is a trusted and effective source for all your gut health needs, is third party tested and even provides a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. I want to mention on VERY important thing, though. Most people do not see the benefits of this supplement if they don’t change their diet and lifestyle! I can help with both of these things so reach out to me!!! If you would like to try Thrive products for yourself, click this link to enjoy 15% off your order! This link can be used multiple times!!! https://justthrivehealth.com/discount/weigh15
Exercise helps stimulate digestive juices, which aids in breaking down food more quickly and speeding up the process by which waste is eliminated from the body through sweating and movement. Even just 15 minutes of light exercise, such as walking or yoga per day can make a world of difference when it comes to improving digestion.
Avoid Trigger Foods
Everyone has a list of trigger foods that can cause discomfort or bloating after consumption, including dairy products or fried foods. Keeping an eye out for these triggers can help identify what foods may be causing distress to avoid them in the future until your digestive system has had a chance to readjust.
Improving your digestion doesn't have to be complicated; with simple lifestyle changes such as eating slowly and mindfully, drinking plenty of water each day, getting regular exercise, and avoiding trigger foods, you can experience improved digestive health in no time.
Simple changes can go a long way but it can be overwhelming to know where to start and if the juice is worth the squeeze. I am passionate about helping others to the root of their issues so Click HERE to schedule your FREE Discovery Call! and learn how I can help you feel better fast!!!
Katie has been passionately serving her community and assisting them in Getting Well and Staying Well for over 12 years. After spending 14 years as a licensed nurse, she wanted to help people prevent their disease and learn how to heal their bodies with nutrition and lifestyle changes. Her nursing knowledge and extensive health coaching experience come together in the signature program she created called LiveWell to help people take control of their health and wellness and live longer and fuller lives! This isn't about weight management but true HEALTH care!! Katie manages a busy practice in Westminster, MD and is a wife to her amazing husband Josh of 22 years and mom to three awesome kids, Brady, Luke and Talia! When she's not helping people get well, Katie can be found on the golf course, ballroom floor or camping in the mountains!