Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means that the Holidays are quickly approaching, and that is synonymous to overeating. Just the thought of it makes my jeans feel tighter already!
How about we do things a little different this year?
As a holistic nutritionist, I am super passionate about improving my clients’ digestion as a starting point to better health and increased energy. Yes, eating more veggies and whole foods is our ultimate health goal, but even that won’t be very helpful unless our digestive system is functioning optimally.
So today, I want to share my top 10 tips on how to improve your digestion with you. All of the items are readily available at SPUD.ca (simply click on each product below and you’ll be redirected) or at your local health food store if you live outside of SPUD’s delivery areas.
By including the tips below into your diet on a daily basis, you will notice a huge difference in your digestion and energy levels.
10 Tips To Improve Your Digestion
Digestion starts in the mouth as carbohydrate digesting enzymes are present in our saliva. Instead of chewing a meager 3 times, as we tend to, we should be chewing until the food we eat has lost all texture and is mostly liquid. This allows saliva to get in there and start digesting. Any food chunks that are not properly masticated will land in your gut, causing bloating and constipation.
2) Take 3 deep breaths before you eat
If your body and mind are not in a relaxed state, your digestive system will not be activated. By taking 3 deep, belly-filling breaths, your nervous system will switch to a more relaxed more, preparing your body for the feast that is to come.
3) Apple cider vinegar
Add 2 Tbsp of ACV to half a glass of warm water and drink 20 minutes before you eat to get your digestive juices flowing. If you can't handle the vinegar, start with adding the juice of half a lemon.
Kombucha is a delicious, carbonated beverages not only satisfies your sweet tooth, it is also full of beneficial probiotics which are essential for healthy digestion.
Just like kombucha, raw sauerkraut is packed with probiotics. Add as a side to any meal for additional help with digestion, especially meats!
A more flavorful, exotic version of sauerkraut, kimchi is just as beneficial. Swap between one and the other to keep things interesting.
Miso is one of my personal favorites. Simply dissolve a Tbsp of this probiotic packed paste in 1/3 cup of warm water (never boil as it kills the probiotic bacteria) and add to your favorite sauce, soup or simply pour over roasted veggies.
8) Betaine Hydrochloride (HCL)*
If you are on the go or can’t stand the taste of apple cider vinegar,HCL tablets will come in handy. Take before meals and follow instructions on the label.
9) Digestive Enzymes*
Digestive enzymes are ideal if you know you have a compromised digestive system that needs a little extra help and/or if you’ve had a heavy late night dinner and just need a little extra help.
If you’ve never ever done anything to help your digestive system, probiotics come highly recommended. A healthy gut is one of the most important prerequisites for good health. If you know that the above food recommendations are not likely to land on your plate anytime soon, probiotic supplements should be a must for you.
In health & happiness,
Natalie McCrae R.H.N.
I transform women's body's by teaching them to eat balanced meals so that they can quickly lose weight, without giving up 🍫 & 🍷