Something I discuss with my patients daily is the importance of good digestion; because as the saying goes, I believe that health begins in the gut.
You’ve got many important organs to consider – the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and of course the small & large intestines. These organs are where you break down your food and absorb your nutrients. So if you don’t have optimal digestion, you won’t absorb crucial nutrients from your food, even if you are eating an ideal diet!
Bloating, indigestion and acid reflux are super common symptoms…and lots of us just think that it’s simply unavoidable. Well, I’m here to say that these symptoms need to be addressed.
A few of the factors that can impair efficient digestion include stress, eating too quickly, eating large quantities, eating too close to bedtime, food allergies and even inflammation.
Also something to consider if you have been trying to lose weight and are not getting your desired results, is to look at improving your overall digestion.
So what can you do? One easy fix is to take digestive enzymes with your meals, especially while eating cooked and processed foods. The older we get the fewer enzymes our bodies produce, and enzymes are crucial for helping to properly break down your food.Another solid fix is to improve your good gut flora by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, plain yogurt or kefir, Kombucha, pickles or kimchi. When that’s not possible or if you don’t like the taste of fermented foods you can always supplement with a high quality probiotic which offers concentrated amounts of beneficial bacteria in a convenient dose.
There are lots of natural methods out there for treating digestive issues, so it’s really just a question of becoming aware and educated on what your options are. It’s truly worth the effort to find solutions, because as you can see there is more to digestion than most of us realize…and our health depends on it!
Yours in health,
We have at least another month of social distancing. I know many of us are struggling with the disruptions to our lives.
If you are feeling disjointed, here are a few strategies to help you cope during these trying times:
Forty-seven percent of Americans report experiencing higher levels of anxiety than the prior year.
The human brain is wired to experience anxiety when it signals something is not right and can help us avoid a dangerous situation. But persistent anxiety that disrupts our lives can signal an anxiety disorder. One-third of adults will grapple with this at some point in their lives.
When we experience anxiety, the brain signals to our gut we are under stress and a combination of hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol are released. This can affect us in different ways. Common reactions to anxiety are heart palpitations, knots in the stomach or dizziness and light-headedness.
While encountering a saber tooth tiger may not be a problem these days, there are many less-lethal stressors that affect us today.
Winter is the time for rest. In many places, the land becomes barren, frozen and appears dead. Trees shed their leaves. Animals hibernate or spend more time in their dens and burrows. Birds migrate to warmer places.
But all is not dead, it’s simply hidden. Winter is the time when living things rest and replenish.
How can we better rest and replenish ourselves to cultivate what will bloom in the spring?