7 warning signs of unhealthy digestion
The story have started a long time ago by the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates.
In his writings from over 2000 years ago, he emphasized the importance of the gut for overall functioning of the body and mind. Even then, it was known that it is impossible to “thrive without a well-functioning digestive system.”
“All diseases begin in the gut” (Hippocrates)
Scientific and clinical data overwhelmingly shows the importance of having a healthy gut and gut microbes. The role of our digestive track is to break down food, assimilate and eliminate waste and absorb and assimilate nutrients into the blood. As all of these processes are so important to our lives, it is easy to see how having imbalances in this area can affect our overall health. We are facing an epidemic of digestive illnesses as well as illnesses which can be caused by digestive issues, such as diabetes, obesity, depression and ADHD.
What you eat will directly affect the way you feel, think and live your life.
I will go into this in more detail in later blog posts, but for now, let’s make this knowledge easy to DIGEST.
The most common symptoms that your digestion might need nutritional support are:
- Gases, flatulence
There are different drivers that trigger the above symptoms. These can contain: processed food, lack of fibre in the diet, drinking alcohol, smoking, unbalanced gut bacteria, allergies, environmental toxins, age, and nutrient deficiencies due to poor nutritional status. External factors such as toxic relationships, being unsatisfied with work – life balance, having low self- esteem or a lack of love and forgiveness will affect our digestive well- being. Very often you hear people saying:
“I FOLLOWED MY GUT INSTINCT” or “MY GUT TOLD ME SOMETHING DIFFERENT.”
Did you know that there is a direct link between your gut and brain via Vagus Nerve? This has led the gut to be known as the Second Brain. Some researchers have even called it the first.
So now you may ask: What strategy can I take to improve my digestion and feel more vital? How will I know that my digestion is working its best?
I would suggest following a plan: Ask yourself
What does my digestion feel like?
What does my bowel movement look like?
Do I go POOP every day? Trust me – this is so important for ensuring your digestion is working for you, not against you.
Am I helping my digestion by eating healthy foods, or is all what I eat processed and loaded with sugar?
How much water do I drink?
How many vegetables do I eat?
How do I feel after I eat? Am I low and sleepy or full of energy?
If you are not sure about the process you can always contact me and arrange a nutritional consultation via Skype or one on one. I am here to support you and add value to your life and your well-being.
Just few benefits of optimum digestion: glowing skin, healthy joints, no energy crashes, restorative sleep and recovery, daily soft bowel movement, strong nails and shiny hair. Oh, and don’t forget about the big ones, FAT LOSS and a FLAT TORSO.
Three basic pieces of nutritional advice to support your digestion would be:
Increase your plant food intake to thereby increase your fibre. Hence, the saying “an apple a day will keep the doctor away.”
Drink around 2 liters of water a day, more on hot days or when you engage in strenuous activity. Remember that fruits and vegetables are high in water content so can help you stay hydrated. On the other side of this, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate you, so you must drink more water to compensate.
Add foods which can assist your digestion is also important. Some of these contain: alfalfa, bitter melon, romaine lettuce, radish, turnip, asparagus, and fennel herbal tea.
I hope that by now you are aware of your digestion and how you can improve its vital function.
I am looking forward to hearing your comments and suggestion how you look after your gut. Please add your comments below and share with other what you learnt today with me. “Let’s work together to create health”, just a little quote from Dr Mark Hyman.
P.S Do you know what the largest organ of the human body is, which is responsible for absorption and excretion?
The first person who will give the correct answer will get a 20 min Skype consultation with me on any chosen subject about your health.
In health and happiness
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