Canada's Dara Howell took Gold in freestyle skiing in Sochi last week. But when it comes to our digestion, slow and steady wins the race. Much of the reason for poor digestion is how we eat. We eat too fast. Our digestive system relies heavily on digestive enzymes which begin in our mouth. When we chew, we secrete saliva and amylase the enzyme that helps to break down carbohydrates. This is just the start of a journey through our gastrointestinal tract, the tube that begins at the mouth and ends at the rectum. I often say “our stomachs do not have teeth,” and our digestive system relies on us to chew our food well into a pulp. When we take our time to chew thoroughly and avoid drinking iced beverages with our meals, we can minimize uncomfortable bloating and gas often associated with poor digestion. This can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut and poor nutrient absorption as well as constipation. At your next meal, try chewing your food at least 20 times, sip on room temperature water if needed and savour each bite. For optimal digestion, I recommend Digestive Enzymes Ultra by Pure Encaps taken during meals which helps break down food, reduces bloating, improves nutrient absorption and may alleviate constipation. The added bonus is, taking a digestive enzyme actually helps us to make more enzymes thereby speeding up metabolism and supports healthy weight loss and hormonal balance.
Nancy Este is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Nutritional Practitioner. She is here to share with you over 17 years of experience in the Alternative Health field. It is her hope to help save you time, money and stress when it comes to regaining your balance in life.