Carolyn Young

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Are you really what you eat?

There is a saying “You are what you eat”, but now research is showing that this isn’t entirely true. 

The new phrase is “You are what you absorb.” 

Did you know that you can absorb anywhere from 10% to 90% of what you eat? That’s a huge range! 

Having a healthy gut will allow you to absorb the most nutrients from the foods you are eating.

For proper digestion to occur, the process of absorption and secretion of fluids and nutrients, many systems in the body need to be working properly.

So, what can affect your digestion?

  • Lack of gastric acid.

  • Lack of digestive enzymes.

  • Not chewing your food properly.

  • Inflammation.

  • Stress.

  • Dysbiosis, an imbalance in your gut bacteria.

  • and the list goes on…

What can YOU do to improve your digestion?

The truth is there is no magic pill. There isn’t one single thing you must do to improve your digestion, instead it’s a series of small constant things:

  • Don’t eat when you are feeling rushed or stressed. Take the time to sit down in a pleasant environment, chew your food mindfully and properly. 

  • Be aware of how certain foods make you feel if necessary keep a food journal. Learn to be a food detective. Write down what you eat, your emotions around meal time and how the foods make you feel.

  • Reduce the amount of sugar and artificial sweeteners in your diet. Switch to natural sweeteners, like dates, maple sugar, honey or coconut sugar.

  • Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables which are high in soluble fiber. 

  • Reduce or eliminate processed foods from your diet. Processed foods are usually full of toxic chemicals which affect your digestion and other organs.

  • Drink more water.

If you believe you have a chronic digestive issue, please see a doctor or a health care professional. 

Chronic means that you have had the pain or issue for over 3 months. Chronic digestive issues may include:

  • Constipation.

  • Bloating.

  • Gas.

  • Diarrhea.

  • Heartburn.

  • Unwanted weight gain or loss.

Let me know if you would like to learn more about the topic of digestion and gut health.

You may schedule a FREE consultation with me. I can help and guide you to improve your digestion and gut health, by making small but noticeable changes to your lifestyle.