They say you are what you eat, but in reality, you are what you absorb! Proper digestion of your food intake is necessary for optimal functioning of your body and its health. If you can’t effectively break down and assimilate what you eat, you could be wasting your money every trip you take to the grocery store.

 Proper digestion and absorption of the proteins or amino acids is necessary for more than fifty thousand functions in the body, such as neurotransmitter production (which regulates your mood), and repairing and maintaining the integrity of cells, organs, bones and tissues.

 If not properly digested, the mass of rotting chyme (the thick semi-fluid mass of partly digested food) in the stomach begins to damage parts of the digestive tract, and begins to ferment and create reflux symptoms, gas and bloating.  This creates irritation and inflammation in the small intestine. This can lead to mucosal and microvillus erosions (the tiny fingerlike projections the absorb nutrients), more popularly known as leaky gut syndrome. Poor quality digestion also leads to enhanced vulnerability to parasites and food borne illnesses.

 Take Action:

If you are looking to improve digestion, avoid bloating, heartburn and indigestion, then try these 3 quick and easy tips for getting the most out of your digestive tract! 

1-Buy back your health- Buy a good quality probiotic! Probiotics can help balancing good and bad bacteria in the gut, as well as promoting digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients. Probiotics can help enhance digestion and detoxification, both which are important for supporting the metabolism. Researchers have discovered a correlation between higher levels of probiotics in the digestive tract and successful long-term weight loss. 

Buy a brand that has 50 billion strains or more and ideally has various strains of bacteria. Remember to take this on an empty stomach.

2- Drink tea: Kombucha tea preferably; it is a probiotic drink, which contributes to healthy digestive gut flora. It helps to enhance the breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients. It also is an alkalizing form of food, and is full of beneficial organic acids, which have been attributed to better digestion. Try dandelion, fennel, and ginger teas as well.

3- Look in your cabinet: If a good quality probiotic supplement doesn’t fit your budget you can add some fermented foods to your diet, such as kefir, culture coconut milk and even Sauerkraut. Incorporate foods that are natural sources of probiotics into your diet , which include raw honey, fermented teas, oregano, coconut oil, vitamin D, onions, garlic, olive leaf extract.

Apple cider vinegar is also another great kitchen essential to have when you are dealing with digestive issues. Try mixing one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of warm water before or after a meal to support healthy digestion!

 

by Brianna Diorio

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