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The basics of Good Digestion

The basics of Good Digestion | Mr Vitamins
If you have Good Digestion then you will be free from experiencing these conditions:
  • indigestion
  • heartburn
  • reflux
  • bloating
  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • excessive flatulence
  • nausea!
However, symptoms like these are experienced by many people on a regular basis and some on a daily basis.

Good digestion relies on Good microbiota

Understanding the effect of your gut microbiota on your digestion and overall health is continually evolving. The importance of good gut health is becoming more and more evident. Scientists have shown for decades, that we can change the balance of the microbiota in the digestive tract simply through the food we eat and the lifestyle we live. The difference in choosing a tub of natural yoghurt versus a fast food burger can change the gut microbiota in numbers large enough to effect mucosal secretions, activate different gene expressions and effect overall nutrient absorption. Hippocrates (370 BC) believed that “All diseases begin in the gut”.

Why is your gut health important for your overall health?

You need a healthy digestive system to provide protection from foreign pathogens, toxins, allergens and to help absorb and utilise the nutrients in food. Food for thought : Did you know that your gut microbiota can determine your food choices by suppressing or increasing your cravings? People who crave chocolate actually produce different microbial metabolites (by-products) than people who don’t crave chocolate, even when they are both following the same diet.

What are the basic day-to-day dietary and lifestyle practices for good digestive health?

It’s an old cliché, 'you are what you eat'. Diet and lifestyle choices effect digestive health. A healthy digestive system is essential to break down food into the nutrients that your body needs, and can absorb, for overall health and wellbeing.

Top tips for good digestive health include:

  • Eat a good wholefood diet, high in fibre including, vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains
  • Get a mixture of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre helps to balance the water in your stools helping to avoid diarrhoea. Good sources include oat bran, nuts, seeds and legumes. Insoluble fibre can’t be digested and helps to bulk up your stools. Sources of insoluble fibre include wheat bran, vegetables and whole grains
  • Chew your food 20 to 30 times. Not only does this break down food into smaller particles, it also produces digestive enzymes that improve digestion, can reduce bacterial overgrowth and relaxes the stomach. In an article on ‘Mindful Eating’, we discussed the benefits of being aware of what and how you eat
  • Include probiotics in your diet to support your digestive microbiota, enhance nutrient absorption, help to break down lactose and strengthen the immune system. Good food sources of probiotics include  natural yoghurt, sourdough bread, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha
  • Drink plenty of water. The article ‘Stress and Hydration’ provides useful tips on how to stay hydrated.
  • Regular exercise, even a modest amount of 30 minutes per session for 3 times a week increases both the amount and diversity of your gut microbiota
  • Manage stress
  • Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid processed, packaged and artificial foods
  • Some people have restricted dietary requirements due to various health conditions. It is essential to always take this into account when making food choices
Implementing these simple changes to your diet and lifestyle will help to improve your digestion and head you towards better health. It is clear, that we need to look after this amazing digestive system. The pressures of modern lifestyle often result in poor dietary and lifestyle choices that impact the balance of the digestive microbiota and overall digestive health.

Would you like to know more?

Janne Ramsay NaturopathDigestion Workshop

Mr Vitamins Naturopath, Janne Ramsay is passionate about helping people improve their digestion and working with them to peel back the layers of their health to live happier lives with more energy and vitality. Learn more about Janne here… Good Digestion WorkshopNaturopaths have long believed that good health starts with a healthy digestive tract and illness begins in the gut. That’s why Naturopath Janne Ramsay is presenting an important (and fun!) workshop on Good Digestion = Great Health. Come and join us and find out the inside scoop on how to have greater vitality and health with better digestion.

Find out how your digestion impacts your health… every day!

Join Mr Vitamins’ Naturopath Janne Ramsay as she takes you through an informative and fun presentation on the basics of healthy digestion. Discover how your digestive system directly impacts your health.