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3 Free and Simple Tips for Better Digestion

digestionAre you rushing through meals to do the next thing on your list and then have digestive issues? Or maybe you know there is something you’re eating causing some discomfort on a daily basis and can’t figure it out. There are literally hundreds of reasons why people complain of digestive issues. I am going to give you a couple of tips on improving your digestive experience!

Eighty million Americans suffer from digestive problems on a daily basis. The digestive plague has ravaged the American people with disorders and diseases, causing an epidemic in North America. Statistics show that over $100 billion a year is spent on medical treatment for digestive concerns and $10 billion dollars alone for Over the Counter (OTC) and prescription antacids. Heartburn drugs have become the top selling OTC and prescription medication in this country. While these medications may treat the symptoms, they fail to address the underlying issues plaguing the millions of Americans who seek relief. Yikes!

Tip 1: Observe your state of mind and chew, chew, chew….

Are you rushed and feeling unrelaxed? If so, your mindset is not likely to promote good enzyme secretion.  Weird to think of it this way, but it’s true.  Digestion actually begins in the brain, so try and be more present and positive…

Hormones and enzymes controlling all of the central aspects of digestion and absorption are directly affected by our mindset before and while we are eating. And the impact is significant. Over 15% of pancreatic enzyme secretion3 and over 50% of many gut peptides4 (like cholecystokinin, somatostatin, and neurotensin) are released just by thinking about lunch!  Wild huh?

After that, chewing breaks your food down from large particles into smaller particles that are more easily digested. This also makes it easier for your intestines to absorb nutrients from the food particles as they pass through. This also prevents improperly digested food from entering your blood and causing a wide range of adverse effects to your health. This can be a huge internal stress for the body. (Hint: The longer you chew, the more time it will take you to finish a meal, and research also shows that eating slowly can help you to eat less and, ultimately, to avoid weight gain or even lose weight.)

Tip 2: Drink water 30 minutes before and 60 minutes after meals (sipping throughout meals is ok)….

Large amounts of water can dilute important stomach enzymes needed for food breakdown and absorption This can inhibit the level that protein is degraded in your stomach, the primary site of digestion for proteins. Pepsin is activated by the acidic pH of your stomach.

Tip 3: Limit Gum Chewing….

Chewing without eating food can be counterproductive. When you chew gum, you send your body physical signals that food is about to enter your body. The enzymes and acids that are activated when you chew gum can cause bloating and overproduction of stomach acid. Chewing gum can also cause jaw muscle imbalance and lead to TMJ. Not fun at all!
So watch your eating speed, try and count your chews to slow down. Be more conscious about your water intake throughout your day and brush your teeth instead of chewing gum. Pretty good start to better gut wellness!

Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

Cat Dillon is the Cat in Caterpillar Nutrition and Wellness.

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