Good Nutrition Needs Good Digestion
Good nutrition supports good health only when those good foods can be properly digested. So in short, you can’t just take for granted that because you eat healthy foods, you are getting the benefits of good nutrition. It’s important to assess the quality of your digestion. Good nutrition NEEDS good digestion.
If food is poorly digested, it can stress your body and compromise your immune system.
But how in the world can you control your digestive system? Well, in many ways you can’t. Those are up to the wonders of the human body. However, there are things you can do to aid your digestive system.Â To optimize it, if you will. You can assist your digestion with Mother Nature via herbs. Plus there are some actions you can take to assist your digestion.
Let’s start right at the top level. Your mouth. In a word, CHEW. Chewing your food thoroughly is the single best way to promote good digestion. How does this make a difference? Digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes work on the surface area of foods they are exposed to. Humans have relatively weak digestive enzymes that cannot do the work that is left undone by poor chewing.
There are two ways you can determine and achieve proper chewing. First, take 30, 40 or even more chews per mouthful. Now counting your chews can sound silly, but after a time you’ll do it by rote. Because you’ll start to recognize the second way you help your digestion. This means not swallowing your food until it has been chewed to a smooth, semi-liquid form. When your tongue no longer detects any significant lumps, you’ve properly chewed your food and can swallow.
Back to those enzymes. Good chewing stimulates increased production of digestive enzymes. This works on your behalf further down in the digestive tract promoting more efficient digestion of food. You can even “chew” liquids a few times to initiate this reflex mechanism. Seriously!
Your salivary glands secrete saliva to wet down your food. This process is aided by mucous – sounds yucky but it is what it is. The point is, all of this works together to to make your food easier to swallow and to digest, which allows your body to get the most nourishment from the food.
Saliva contains many enzymes and getting into them is just confusing and not really necessary. The most interesting is the fat-metabolizing enzyme known as lingual lipase. They help to break down saturated fatty acids and help greatly with the digestion process. Lingual lipase is not just another enzyme, it is very important and it plays a very key role in the process of digestion.
So our advice for today is: CHEW CHEW CHEW.
- The less completely a food is digested, the more likely it is that one will develop an allergy to that food.
- The longer you chew, the less food you will eat.
- Larger meals are more likely than smaller meals to digest incompletely. This can lead to a degree of rotting and putrefaction with significant toxicity.
Supplements That Aid Digestion for Good Nutrition
Take supplements to improve your digestive health. The following supplements can help build your gastrointestinal tract (GIT):
- Vitamin C can help reduce allergic reactions and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Digestive enzymes improve GIT function.
- B Complex Vitamins vitamins help break down foods, which aids absorption.
- Probiotics. These contain beneficial bacteria that helps improve digestion, assist GIT repair and strengthening.
- Fish oil (EFA and DHA) can help reduce inflammation and repair and strengthen the GIT.
- Evening primrose oil reduces inflammation, repairs and strengthens.
- Echinacea Root Complex and Astragalus Root boosts immune function and lessens reactivity to allergens.
- Selenium and Zinc Supplement are minerals that are essential for healthy digestion and immune function.