Healthy Living Magazine

by

Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most important – and that definitely applies to digestion. Remember when your grandmother told you to sit up straight, chew your food and eat slowly? Well, she was right.

Today’s society has forgotten that food is our nourishment to live and not just something to fill us up until the next meal. Perhaps that’s why so many of us suffer from digestive problems, many of which can be easily prevented.

Digestion, the breakdown of food into smaller components that can be easily absorbed and assimilated by the body, occurs in the gastrointestinal tract. While everything we eat travels through this long system, only those food molecules that are sufficiently broken down into smaller particles will enter the bloodstream to nourish the body, maintain organ function, and provide energy and nourishment for the growth and repair of cells and tissues.

Digestion begins with the thought of food, then the aroma. That’s why it’s so important to take time to eat and enjoy every bite. In our fast-track society, sometimes we can eat an entire meal not totally aware of what we are eating.
When rushed, digestion is compromised, making the breakdown and absorption of nutrients more difficult.

Signs of Poor Digestion

The most common and obvious signs of poor digestion include: gas, bloating, heartburn, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, poor energy levels, mood swings, decreased concentration and focus, joint pain, headaches and sinus congestion.

Often we ignore these symptoms until our health becomes compromised. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, take action today to resolve them naturally because these signs are compromising your absorption of nutrients.

Remember: we are made up, not of the food we eat, but the nutrients we absorb.

Bowel Movements

The characteristics of your bowel movements are the most important indicators for the health of the digestive system. Constipation, diarrhea, pain, straining, urgency and leakage are all signs of digestive system dysfunction. Blood, undigested food, mucus and fat in the stool also indicate problems with digestion and absorption. One to three satisfying bowel movements per day is normal and healthy. A satisfying bowel movement should feel like a full evacuation that didn’t require strain or stress to complete. If not, your body is telling you something is wrong and you should make some changes.

How to Improve your Digestion

Chew thoroughly! Inadequate chewing results in incomplete digestion which can increase bacterial overgrowth, gas and symptoms of indigestion. Eat in a relaxed state so your stomach can make adequate amounts of stomach acid. Research suggests as many as half of people over 60 years of age have low stomach acid, so chew your food, take your time when eating, and relax!

Identify and eliminate food allergens. Eliminate the most common allergenic foods from your diet for a trial period of two weeks. These might include sugar, dairy, yeast, peanuts, corn, alcohol, red meats, bad oils (too many saturated fats, hydrogenated oils, vegetable oils, cottonseed oils), gluten containing grains (spelt, wheat, rye), citrus and caffeine. As many of these foods can compromise your intestinal border, sometimes removing these foods for a while can improve your digestion.  

Foods that Nourish Your Digestive System

Nourish your body and intestinal lining with health-promoting foods such as non-GMO soy products, vegetables (except corn), fruits (except grapefruits and oranges), olive oil, organic butter, coconut oil, all nuts except peanuts, organic eggs, beans, organic chicken and turkey, oily fish in moderation, and whole-grain products such as buckwheat, brown rice, millet and quinoa.

Support the growth of probiotic bacteria as well. A good balance of probiotic bacteria in the colon crowds out pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms that compromise your health, preventing them from growing. Add fermented foods such as organic unsweetened yogurt to your daily diet, and decrease the amount of sugar you consume because sugar feeds the negative pathogens such as yeast.

Bon appetit!  

Did You Know?

  • The health of your digestive system affects your food cravings, moods and sleep patterns. Why do you crave sweet foods or carbohydrates when you feel sad? That is because 2/3 of the serotonin ‘happy hormones’ come from cells in your digestive tract and not your brain.
  • Stress has a negative effect on your body’s ability to digest food and can lead to leaky gut syndrome and lack of absorption of nutrients.
  • You should eat only at the table, never while standing up.
  • Sitting up straight and chewing your food thoroughly promote good digestion.
  • You should eat slowly and refrain from talking while chewing.

Shawn M. Nisbet, RHN, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher & Nordic Pole Walking Master Instructor. 416.804.0938; info@shawnnisbet.com; www.shawnnisbet.com;
www.shawnnisbet.canada.juiceplus.com.

 

39 thoughts on “The Basic Rules of Digestion: Why your grandmother really was right

  1. Hello! I simply want to give an enormous thumbs up for the good info you’ve right here on this post. I will probably be coming back to your weblog for extra soon.

  2. I used to be suggested this blog via my cousin. I am no longer certain whether or not this put up is written by means of him as nobody else recognise such particular
    approximately my trouble. You are amazing! Thanks!

  3. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  4. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Very useful info specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  5. I like this blog so much, saved to my bookmarks. “To hold a pen is to be at war.” by Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire.

  6. I have learn some just right stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how much effort you set to create any such magnificent informative web site.

  7. You can definitely see your skills within the work you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t
    afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go
    after your heart.

  8. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and interesting, and without a
    doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too
    few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy I found this in my search for something relating
    to this.

  9. Thanks for another great article. The place else may just anyone get that type of information in such an ideal means of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the look for such information.

  10. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate
    to this outstanding blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to
    my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will talk about this
    blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  11. Este site é realmente fascinate. Sempre que consigo acessar eu encontro novidades Você também vai querer acessar o nosso site e descobrir mais detalhes! Conteúdo exclusivo. Venha saber mais agora! 🙂

  12. Thank you so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily superb chance to read in detail from here. It is often so excellent plus jam-packed with a great time for me personally and my office colleagues to search your blog at a minimum 3 times every week to learn the latest guides you have got. Not to mention, I am just always satisfied considering the awesome methods you give. Selected 4 tips in this posting are rather the finest we’ve ever had.

  13. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout in your weblog. Is that this a paid subject matter or did you customize it your self? Anyway stay up the nice quality writing, it’s uncommon to look a great weblog like this one today..

  14. I just want to mention I am just very new to weblog and actually loved this page. Probably I’m want to bookmark your website . You really come with beneficial articles. Appreciate it for sharing with us your webpage.

  15. I?m amazed, I need to say. Actually rarely do I come across a blog that?s both instructional and also amusing, and also let me tell you, you have struck the nail on the head. Your idea is impressive; the problem is something that not nearly enough individuals are talking intelligently around. I am extremely delighted that I came across this in my search for something relating to this.

  16. Needed to compose you a tiny note to finally thank you very much yet again for your personal splendid methods you have discussed above. It is strangely open-handed with people like you to provide publicly all that a number of people would have marketed as an electronic book to generate some bucks for their own end, primarily now that you could possibly have tried it if you ever wanted. These inspiring ideas likewise acted like a fantastic way to know that the rest have the same dreams really like my personal own to see a whole lot more concerning this problem. I’m sure there are thousands of more enjoyable times in the future for many who check out your blog.

  17. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  18. Those are yours alright! . We at least need to get these people stealing images to start blogging! They probably just did a image search and grabbed them. They look good though!

  19. Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  20. Aw, i thought this was a very nice post. In idea I must place in writing this way moreover – spending time and actual effort to manufacture a top notch article… but exactly what can I say… I procrastinate alot through no means often get something carried out.

  21. I¦ve read several just right stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how so much effort you set to create any such magnificent informative web site.

  22. An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

  23. whoah this blog is great i love reading your articles. Keep up the great paintings! You already know, many persons are searching round for this info, you could help them greatly.

  24. I have been browsing on-line more than 3 hours lately, yet I by no means discovered any fascinating article like yours. It is pretty value enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content as you did, the internet will be much more helpful than ever before. “I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.” by James Grover Thurber.

  25. The very root of your writing whilst sounding agreeable at first, did not really settle perfectly with me after some time. Someplace throughout the paragraphs you managed to make me a believer unfortunately just for a very short while. I however have got a problem with your jumps in assumptions and one would do nicely to help fill in those breaks. In the event that you can accomplish that, I would undoubtedly be impressed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.