Are You Properly Supporting Your Digestion?

In the last several decades we have become disconnected from our food. When people used to work the land for their food they had a much deeper appreciation and respect for the whole process, including digestion.  Studies have shown that people who raise and grow their own food have healthier digestive systems overall.  There are many contributing factors for why this happens.  One thing is for sure, we can do a lot to be more mindful when we eat and improve our digestion and gut health.

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While we may not all be able to grow our own food, eating local is a great choice.  By exposing our systems to food pollinated with local pollens and local microbes, our guts get a huge benefit.

Visiting the local farms where we get our food is also beneficial for long-term gut health.  We have more respect for our food when we know the people who have worked so hard to grow it.  Plus, local farmers are usually grateful and more than willing to have helpers come out too.

How many of you can hear Grandma saying “chew each bite at least 30 times?”  She wasn’t just trying to keep you from choking.  Chewing is a vital process in digestion and proper production of digestive enzymes and fluids.

In addition to chewing, slowing down when we eat is something we can all benefit from.  Rushing through a meal prevents our digestion from having the time it needs to function properly.

Saying a prayer or word of gratitude before eating has also been shown to be beneficial.  When we’re grateful for our food, we are more likely to eat  mindfully and slow down.

Managing our stress levels is another huge component to gut health.  Nutrient absorption, blood flow to the digestive system, damaged microbiome and a decrease in adrenal and metabolic function are side-effects of stress.  Prolonged stress can really wreak havoc on our digestion.  Prayer, meditation, breathing exercises, and exposure to plenty of sunshine are all great stress relievers.

Unwinding with a warm cup of tea is also a great stress reliever.  Plus you get the added benefit of being able to use gut-healing and soothing herbs.  Licorice root, peppermint, ginger and marshmallow are some of the most commonly used herbs.  You can also dilute some Tummy Plus in a glass of warm water and sip it as a tea.

How about you?  What are some of your favorite ways to improve and nourish your digestion?  Share your tips with us on Facebook.

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