5 Easy Steps To Improve Gut Health
Has food become the enemy in your quest for a healthy gut and body?
Do you struggle to think of what to eat that won’t give you bloat/constipation/pain/gas/discomfort/diarrhea etc?
I’m often asked by clients what is the most important habit to have in order to improve and then maintain great digestion.
You might first think I would recommend you cut out dairy or gluten or drink more water (though that should be up there in your top habits), but one of the most ignored and most important ways to improve digestion is to eat the right way.
What do I mean by that? Take time, breathe, appreciate and respect what you’ve spent time, effort and money putting on your plate and enjoy every morsel – mindfully.
You’ve probably heard this before right? The key is: are you doing it?
Why should you eat mindfully?
First: slowing down your meals and being fully present will make a big difference to the amount you eat. Whilst I would never encourage dieting, knowing when to stop eating (at your 80% fullness point) will go a long way to ease digestion and allow your gastric acid and enzymes to work more efficiently than if your stomach was over-full.
Second: when you eat mindfully, you are more aware of the tastes, texture, smells and appearance of your food and this appreciation will help to satisfy other areas than just satiety. It might help to fill you up with appreciation and gratitude that will contribute to positive emotions.
Third: your gratitude and appreciation will trigger the release of endorphins and other ‘feel good’ hormones that will help nourish your entire being not just physically but also emotionally and spiritually. Food will become your ally and tool to greater feelings and health, rather than the enemy.
So how do you achieve this state of ‘food nirvana’?
- Pause and check how you feel – if upset, stressed, rushed or even too excited, don’t eat. If you know you have a good 20 minutes to relax and eat, do it.
- Breathe through your gut 5 times before eating. Watch this short video to help you with that. This will relax you instantly and trigger the production of the appropriate levels of enzymes and acids in your body to allow digestion to take place.
- Slow down your meals to 20 minutes. This will help you feel exactly when you’re almost full and avoid overeating. It will enable you to breathe through your mouthfuls as well and enhance your digestive abilities.
- Put down your fork: between each mouthful. This will help you to slow down further.
- Engage every sense: to nourish all senses and help you feel completely appreciative and aware of your body, your food, your surroundings.
Starting with these great habits first, before you even consider eliminating any food you suspect might give you trouble, will not only help prepare your digestive system to tolerate and enjoy most foods, but it will also give you a sense of peace and appreciation that will impact your whole life.
Do not do this with moderation!
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