Why is digestion important?
Digestion is the process by which foods and liquids are broken down to their smallest parts so that the body can absorb them and nourish cells to provide us with energy. Without digestion we wouldn't be able to absorb the nutrients from our foods.
Eating processed foods can cause bloating, fatigue, and you might not get many nutrients from it. Eating foods that nature has given us helps us feel alert, satisfied and energized. Juicing gives me tons of energy instantly because my body doesn't have to work hard to digest and breakdown the juice.
Here are 3 tips for improving your digestion:
1. Lemon Juice and Warm Water
Starting your day with one cup of warm water and lemon juice (half a lemon) in the morning will do wonders for your health. The benefits of warm water and lemon juice are amazing and include: a boost in your immune system, pH balance, aid in weight loss, natural diuretic, helps clear up skin, and it can hydrate you lymph system. You can read more about the benefits of warm water and lemon ---> here.
Warm water and lemon help with digestion by cleansing you stomach while moving left over debris and excess acid away. The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
The wonders of apple cider vinegar and impressive. Add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to one glass of water or fresh apple juice can help stimulate hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) breaks down food. If you don't produce enough HCL than you can be classified as having an underactive stomach or hypochlorhydria. Symptoms of this include: bloating, belching after meals, cramping and abdominal pain. To read more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, click ---> here.
3. Avoid Cold Drinks
Drinking cold beverages during a meal can slow down digestion. Food is broken down and digested more effectively at body temperature.
You can think of it as almost freezing your insides temporarily so that they cannot do what they need to do at that moment. So, instead, food goes by improperly digested, and your body's unable to retrieve the nutrients and energy from it that it needs. By decreasing the activity of your digestive system, cold beverages rob you of the nutrition of the food you ate.
Also, when you drink cold beverages, your body has to use energy in order to warm up that liquid inside your body. This is also robbing your body of the energy it needs to properly process the food you have eaten. Instead of working to get all the nutrition of the food, your digestive system is instead working on regulating the temperature of the cold drink.
If you need to drink while eating, try warm water or herbal teas. Be careful with caffeine. Caffeine can cause excess production of stomach acid so it is wise to avoid caffeine. Cut sugars
4. Chew your food!
Chewing your food releases valuable enzymes in your mouth and lubricate the food allowing for less stress on your esophagus and stomach. Enzymes released while you chew your food, helps to break chemical bonds.
So what are some benefits to chewing your food thoroughly?
- Aids in the proper transport of nutrients in your body.
- Helps start the important digestive process which is important to being healthy.
- You are more than likely to not eat as much by eating thoroughly. When you are eating slower, your brain can tell you that you are full, causing you to eat less.
- Helps to prevent the heavy feeling that sometimes follows a meal and it also will help you lose body fat since you are not eating as much.
What are some of the side effects of not chewing thoroughly?
- Poorly digested food means poor absorption of the vitamins and nutrients that the foods you are eating provide.
- Eating rapidly and swallowing large mouthfuls contributes to the reflux which can damage the lining of the throat and esophagus. About 44% of Americans experience reflux or heartburn at least once a month, 20% have it every week and 7% suffer from it daily.
- Other side effects include flatulence, indigestion, heartburn, gas, IBS, and other discomforts. Chewing each bit thoroughly allows less air to enter in which decreases gas and burping. With an increasing number of individuals with IBS, constipation, abdominal spasms and bloating, chewing food could possibly prevent a number if these daily discomforts. (Getyouinshape)
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Start your own juicing journey today. Leave the bad habits, negative thoughts, and low energy behind. It's easier to prevent disease then to cure it.