Two weeks ago we started talking about our gut health and how it can be the root of so many diseases, including mental illness. This week we’re going to touch on healing your gut and optimizing your digestive system for improved physical and emotional well-being.
There is so much to say about gut health. I will simply touch on some of the most important aspects in this week’s post. If you would like to come in for a one-on-one consult, please contact me. I LOVE helping people heal their gut!
There are some general things to remember in aiding optimal digestion. You’ve heard it all before, yet are you actually doing it??:
- Digestion begins in your mouth. Chew your food well and slowly to begin the process of digestion so that your gut doesn’t have to work so hard.
- Do not eat too much at one time. Your digestive system will be sluggish and will not work optimally for you. It is better for digestion (and energy) to eat smaller portions more frequently.
- Drink small amounts of room temp or warm drinks. Do not drink icy cold drinks while eating. Cold slows things down and warm moves.
- Sugar and refined/processed food is detrimental to your health and digestive system. If you must indulge, then eat small amounts of refined treats a few times a week. Just enough to be happy and stay healthy.
- Eat predominantly whole foods. Foods that come out of the ground or off a tree, for example.
- Eat a little raw food with your cooked food. Cooked food digests more easily and raw adds some good enzymes to aid in digestion. Just remember to chew it well!
- Eat locally grown organic food if that is possible for you.
- MOVE your body every day even if it is jumping in place or swinging your arms and legs. Circulation is a key to healthy digestion.
- Improve the state of your gut flora*…
- Remove as much stress from your life as you possibly can by simplifying and doing what is truly important. Let go of energy wasting people and events. Stress is detrimental to the health of every single cell in our bodies.
- POOP!! Good digestive health ends with letting go of what is not needed. There is a strong emotional component to this as well. You are not only letting go physically, yet emotionally letting go of anything that is not serving you.
*Tune in next week for the next part in the series that will go further into how to improve the state of your gut flora…