17th August 2015 by Jess
To help you get back on track for September our nutritionist Jess is here with some failsafe ways to rev your system. This is one for those of you whose digestive systems are getting a tad sluggish.
No matter what your health goals are - to improve bloating, lose weight, optimise your health and wellbeing, or to improve a more serious health challenge - you’ve got to start with your gut!
Digestion starts with your nashers, so allow them to do the job they were born to do and chew. Too many people inhale their food – remember, all of your chewing must occur in your mouth!
Some people find it helpful to put their knife and fork down in between chews, as a conscious way of slowing down.
When your body is stressed it is put into fight or flight mode. Your energy is diverted to your extremities in case it needs to react quickly. This means digestion gets puts down to the bottom of the list of priorities.
Easier said than done I know, but take a couple of deep breaths before you start your meal if you are coming from a stressed place, as your body will be able to digest your food far easier if it’s not in panic mode!
Sometimes bloating can just be your body retaining water weight. If you stay hydrated, your body will stop storing water.
Top tip on the drinking front: Drinking water with meals can dilute your digestive enzymes, essentially weakening your digestive toolbox. Try and stick to drinking water in between meals, especially if you have digestive troubles already.
Eliminate refined sugar from your diet for about four weeks. This can help to positively alter your gut bacterial profile in a healthier direction.
Gut bacteria have specific nutritional requirements and the bad bugs thrive on sugar, so by removing their fuel, you cut their ‘nutrition’ and they find it harder to thrive.get our sugar-free brownie recipe
Take note of when you bloat, how bad it is and what you think may have caused it. Hopefully this will help you notice a pattern and pin down the trigger.
If you suspect you are reacting to a food, try omitting it strictly from your diet for a period of four weeks. If you find your digestion is improved after this time, leave it out for two more months and then try it again to see the effects. Although if you are happy to continue going without it, then go for it!
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.
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