As you may or may not be aware, the way our bodies digest our food, can help determine how many nutrients we’re able to absorb into our bloodstreams before the food is broken down into waste, with no nutritional value in the slightest. If you happen to suffer from poor digestive health, then you won’t need us to tell you just how unpleasant an experience this can be. Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gas, bloat, acid reflux, and indigestion are all pretty common ailments associated with poor digestive health. The better your digestion is, the more nutrients you’ll be able to absorb, the quicker your food will be broken down, and the quicker you will lose weight and feel healthier.
When we eat food, our bodies release digestive enzymes to help break down the food to get to the nutrients. There are enzymes in our mouths to help break down food as we chew, there are ones in our throats, and there are ones in our stomachs and intestines as well. The more you have, the better your digestive system will work. There are ways of naturally boosting these enzymes too, so if you do happen to suffer from poor digestion, there is hope yet.
Never overcook your food – When we cook our food too much, the enzymes they contain naturally can be damaged or destroyed completely. This goes for any food, even fruits and vegetables. People think that no matter what, fruits and vegetables are healthy for us, but if we overcook them and destroy the enzymes and nutrients, we’re taking away everything that makes them healthy.
Think about taking up juicing – There’s a critically acclaimed documentary, called ‘fat, sick, and nearly dead’ I encourage each and every one of you to check it out. This documentary follows two men, who eat no whole foods for 60 days, instead getting their nutrition from vast quantities of fruits and vegetables. These foods are juiced, and as they aren't heated at all, all of the vital enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are all completely intact. You don’t need to go to that extreme obviously, but a fruit and/or vegetable juice a day, will boost your enzyme activity, as well as super charging your immune system, so give it a try.
Use digestive enzyme supplements – You can now purchase specially made digestive enzyme supplements, designed to replace the enzymes we may lose as we get older, or follow a poor nutritional plan. These supplements help increase and restore these enzymes naturally, meaning you’ll be able to break down and digest your food as you should, and extract all of the key nutrients in the process.