Ridiculously Simple Ways To Radically Improve Digestion
As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, I believe that most disease begins in the gut. In our modern day lives, filled with toxins and stress, we really need to pay close attention to the overall health of our gastrointestinal tract. After all, it is where 2/3 of our immune system lies, and a large population of our body’s micbrobes live. 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the gut from the millions of neurons that act as our second brain. So it’s no myth that we all experience “gut feelings” such as when you feel nervous you get butterflies, and that the state of our gut heath has a major impact on our mood. Have you found that when you eat junk foods, you feel really crumby both physically and mentally later on? Listen to what your body is telling you and make food choices that enhance your life force!
More than ever, we need to fight to protect the “good guys” that reside in our GI tract. On a daily basis we throttle these microbes with stress, medications, alcohol, sugar, processed foods, chemicals, pollution and other harmful toxins. If we treat them well, then they will treat us well. To thrive, they need daily nourishment from a wide variety of nutrients found naturally in real whole foods, particularly fibrous plant foods. As Michael Pollen simply yet profoundly says, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” Of all the diet trends out there from Veganism to Paleo, the one things they can all agree on is this! Good health starts with what you decide to put in your mouth and what your body is actually able to absorb. Digestion is an involuntary action by the body’s intelligent and fine tuned system, just like blinking, breathing and your heart beating. But there are a few simple things we can consciously do to reduce stress on the GI tract and radically improve digestion for vibrant health.
1. Engage your senses. When we see and smell food our body starts to release gastric juices and signals get sent out all over the GI tract to get ready to receive and process food. So plate your food nicely and take a moment to appreciate how it looks. Also pick up your plate and smell the food before you eat. If you are the one cooking, taste test the food as you go as a little teaser for the stomach… it’s a sure way to get the stomach churning with strong digestive fire (also known as hydrochloric acid).