Happy Gut, Happy People


We’ve all been there, enjoyed a great meal, indulged a little too much, or even wolfed your food down in a hurry. The result, abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort :-(

Remember digestion begins in the mouth by chewing your food — slowly. Your system releases additional saliva, which contains digestive enzymes to break down your food. {Your stomach doesn’t have teeth- fyi}

This strategy will help reduce stress on the esophagus and aids the stomach to metabolize your food.

You’ll enjoy your meal more and another way to practice mindfulness : )

How to feel nourished and satisfied from your meal? Add fiber to your diet, specifically soluble fiber and insoluble fiber; essential to a healthy diet : )

Fiber is vital for overall gut health and digestion. Besides keeping your system regular, fiber also keeps your blood sugar stable, helps lower cholesterol (reduce risk of heart disease) and manages weight control.

SOLUBLE FIBER

Purpose

-adheres with fatty acids

-consumes water/liquid, turns the substance into gel-like substance during assimilation, which slows digestion

Soluble fiber foods

apples, avocados, barely, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, citrus fruits, fruit with skin (pear, apricots) oats, peas

Aids in

-keeping a healthy weight, a feeling of full without adding calories

-healthy bowels by soaking up water as it passes through your system

-lowers the bad cholesterol LDL

-regulates blood sugar (helpful for diabetes)

Soluble fiber turns to mush from absorbing water Insoluble fiber does not, ie: celery

INSOLUBLE FIBER

Purpose

-maneuvers the substance through the intestines

-regulates and balances the pH (acidity) in the intestines

Insoluble fiber foods

Aids in

-weight-loss, keeping hunger pains low

-digestive health, help you stay regular

-prevent constipation by promoting regular bowel movements

-clears the colon of toxic waste

-sustains the pH level of the intestines, which protects the colon against cancer

Insoluble fiber foods

*beans, lentils, shredded wheat, flaxseeds, okra, turnip, peas, wheat bran

*For ease of digestion, it’s helpful to soak the beans over night. Sprouting beans is also beneficial too.

Adding fiber to your diet, is a basic, yet important strategy to assist your body for proper nourishment so that you feel better and enjoy your meals without the pain and suffering.

Again, practice mindfulness with chewing your food slowly and pause the rush, as you'll actually experience the taste of your meal : )

“When your body absorbs toxins, it stores them in fat, which is why fiber and probiotics are strategic weapons for weight loss. Fiber keeps your colon healthy and reduces your body’s absorption of toxins.” ~ Susan Summers

I hope you found this post insightful, please share with your peeps!

xo Janel

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