There’s a high chance that as you read this you’ll be sitting at your desk eating a meal or maybe munching a snack, so I’m going to ask you to set your food aside, read and then eat. You see good digestion is vital to good health. It starts from the moment you see your food and is supported by what you physically put into your body.
Digestion commences way before food even enters your mouth. From the moment you think about and look at food, the mental process switching on the pathways for digestion begin. From there the production of enzymes in our saliva and gastro intestinal system rapidly increase ready to break down and absorb the nutrition in your food. Ever noticed that when you are stressed or rushed to eat your food it seems to just ÔÇÿsit’ in your stomach and things feel a little sedentary? Or even when you share meals with others, it’s much easier for your body to digest as the meal is generally slower, more considered and you are engaged with the food. These are simple practices to ensure you can flick the ÔÇÿon’ switch for your gastro intestinal system (GIT).
Naturally, what is going into your body plays an imperative role in the state of your gut also. When you eat poorly both your GIT and the quality of your health suffers. Poor gut health can affect your mental clarity, emotions, immunity, weight, uptake of essential nutrients and the onset of chronic disease just to start. So I encourage you to consider some simple dietary practices to improve and support your digestion. Let’s walk through a few togetherÔÇª
Fibre: is important in the GIT to keep everything moving. It creates the ÔÇÿbulk’ (and a sense of fullness) which ensures your bowel movements are normal and your overall bowel health is in good stead. We find both soluble and insoluble fiber in different foods. Soluble fibre features in foods such as oats, peas, beans, psyllium, apples and citrus fruits. Insoluble fibre can be found in foods such as nuts, vegetables and whole grains. The beautiful thing is you can tick both insoluble and soluble fibre boxes with beautiful superfoods such as Bioglan SuperFoods Chia Seeds and Bioglan SuperFoods Fibre Boost. I’ll include chia seeds in in breakfast bowls, for muesli and granola, on steamed vegetables and sprinkled over avocado and eggs to get my chia hit. Bioglan SuperFoods Fibre Boost is a frequent player in our baked goods, as a booster in soups (providing a lovely natural, wholefoods thickener) and in smoothies to really get things moving!
Water: the simplest yet one of the most important components in overall health but particularly digestive health is water. Fortunately with a diet rich in plant foods you can obtain a substantial amount of water via your food, but that doesn’t dismiss the importance of drinking water throughout the day. Water not only keeps you hydrated and energized but ensures your stools are softened for elimination and aids the break down of food so your body can absorb nutrients efficiently.
Probiotics: are vital for good gut flora. When the gut flora or bacteria are well established our digestive system functions optimally. As a result the uptake of nutrients from food increases, detoxification pathways improve and your immunity is boosted. You can obtain probiotics in your diet through whole milk natural yoghurt, miso and fermented foods for example. In addition, Bioglan Probiotic 30s provides billions of good bacteria from lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis, which are two of the main strains of probiotics to improve the health of your gut.
As you begin to incorporate practices to support your digestion, remember that patience and consistency is key. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but within a few weeks you will begin to notice a difference to the state of your digestion and in the long term a turn around in your overall health and wellbeing.