Good Nutrition Needs Good Digestion

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.

Good Nutrition
Good Nutrition

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.  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.

Proper 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.

Digestive Enzymes

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!

Saliva’s Role

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.

Extras:

  • 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.

Free Printable Grocery Store Guide

Free Printable Grocery Store Guide

This Grocery Shopping Guide has tip sheets you can print out for suggestions on healthy buys on your trips to the grocery store. You will get many helpful tips on purchasing foods at the grocery store. Most of the major sections of the grocery store are covered.

    • Bread Products.
    • Sweets.
    • Snacks.
    • Cereals.
    • Meal Replacements.
    • Pasta.
    • Frozen Meals.
    • Rice.
    • Cheese.
    • Salad Dressing.
    • Condiments.
    • Milk Products.
    • Produce.
    • Soup.
    • Soy Products.
    • Meats.
    • Nut Spreads.

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Eat Better. On YOUR Terms.

Eat Better. On YOUR Terms.

Eat Better.
Eat Better.

Eat better. No doubt that can make a difference in your overall health. Like you haven’t heard that before!? Well, that’s because it is true. But you needn’t go to overt extremes. There are “forces” out there convincing us everything is bad – bad, bad, bad food! It’s just not so. No food is bad food. It’s what has been done to our food that can be bad.

But you won’t hear government nannies or food industry professionals explain that to you.

For example, many don’t realize that the rise in lactose intolerance is from the pasteurization of milk. The very thing we’re told makes it “better for us”. From FiascoFarm:

Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, alters vitamin B12, and vitamin B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

That’s some pretty heavy information – and that’s just the beginning. After you’re done here, visit their page if you’d like to learn more stunning facts on milk and what’s been done to it that harms us.

And how about sugar? Government regulations insist that white sugar must have all the vitamins and minerals removed so that it can be labeled sucrose. These nutrients and fiber waste products are the substances that help your body digest sugar without massive blood sugar fluctuations.

Instead of things like this being spread throughout the news outlets, all we hear is how we eat too many fatty foods.  We eat too much animal protein, too much sugar and too many packaged, prepared, or fast foods. Pure cane sugar is nature’s food. Eggs are natures food. Butter is natures food – margarine, man made and once touted as “better for us” turns out to be a main culprit of deadly trans fat.

Are you beginning to see where the real fat fight is? It didn’t start with us.

A study by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified more than 55 pesticides that can leave cancer causing residues in food. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, the use of pesticides has risen more than tenfold since the 1940s. Pesticides are not water-soluble. This means that cannot just be “washed off”.

In your body, pesticides like to attach to fat cells, starting a dangerous process. There are some experts that believe this is a large part of the reason cigarettes became a target for cancer of just about everything. In other words, a very corrupt cover up. Is it true? Honestly, no one knows for sure, but it’s worth consideration. Another punch in the fat fight.

The point here is, stop getting down about how and what you eat. Now granted, too much of any of those above mentioned foods aren’t good for anyone. Too much of ANYTHING isn’t good for anyone. However, sticking to foods in their most natural state is not harmful, it’s healthful.

Our bodies were not designed to handle all the artificial chemicals used by the food-processing industry such as artificial colors, flavors, flavor enhancers, bleach, texture agents, conditioners, ripening gases, waxes, firming agents, nutrient enrichment, preservatives, heavy metals, and other chemicals.

Try to avoid pre-packaged meals cranked out in factories and heavily processed foods. When you purchase frozen fruit and vegetables, check the ingredients to make sure your getting mainly the vegetable or fruit. Don’t use margarine in place of butter.

In summary, eat better yes, but on your terms. Mother nature keeps it simple. Follow her lead.