When it comes to chronic disease, no doubt the root cause stems from poor digestion.
Improving your digestion is the one thing toward holistic health that can make the most positive difference in your well being.
When people come to me after trying every diet out there and still can’t seem to lose weight – I know it’s their digestion.
When I see clients who say they have the best diet ever, yet complain of low energy, skin issues or cravings of sugar. I go straight to addressing digestion. Because even if you are eating the “best diet ever”, if your digestion is not working properly you may not be assimilating your nutrients.
One of the questions I ask every client is about their bathroom habits – it may not be a pleasant topic but it’s vital. My grandmother knew that if you were sick – there was something wrong in the train station.
If you eat and experience ANY of the following – there is likely something non optimum with your digestion and a back log in the “train station”.
Abdominal pain & discomfort
Alternating constipation and diarrhea
Let’s look at why your digestion may be out of balance.
What causes bad digestion?
Eating very quickly, not chewing your food well.
Eating while on the run/while multi tasking, watching TV, reading, texting, checking social media, etc.
When your body is in the sympathetic state your “rest and digest” branch of your nervous system or the parasympathetic state is off. When your sympathetic nervous state is fired up, your body produces adrenaline which takes blood away from your stomach and lowers stomach acid so you won’t digest food very well.
The gut flora can be out of balance. This is especially true for those who have taken a lot of antibiotics over their lives.
What can you do to improve digestion?
Chew your food slowly and completely – your stomach does not have teeth, let your mouth and teeth do their job.
St in peace and in a comfortable place without distractions or stressful conversations.
Do not read anything while eating.
Be present with your food and breathe.
Eat from a place of gratitude and breathe.
Put time aside each day to plan, prepare and enjoy healthy and relaxing meals.
Keep your portion sizes about the size of your fist so you’re not eating too much.
Eat living foods like kimchi, fermented veggies and fresh greens with every meal – these foods have built in enzymes to help digest the food.
It’s best not to drink with meals – and never drink ice water with meals.
I find that most of my clients are low on HCL and benefit greatly with a supplement of digestive enzymes,
Put your fork or spoon down in between bites.
Drink water between meals.
Digestion requires a lot of energy and resources so you must do everything you can to take extra stress off of your body.
You will be amazed how much better you feel when you begin to improve your digestion with these simple and effective tips.
It’s National Nutrition Month. Now is the perfect time to make small doable changes you may have let slip during the winter.
The trick is do make small, DOable changes – drastic changes don’t last.
Cook more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
Eat and drink the right amount of food for you (use the palm size for your protein, fist for carbohydrates like rice, quinoa, sweet potato, use the thumb for fat portion and a full hand for those green leaves!)
Use Yogilachi App to track mindset, movement and nutrition – accountability is the number one reason folks don’t succeed with their health and fitness goals.
Learn how to spot and avoid hidden sugar and salt in your food.
Move daily – do something physically active every day of the week.
When I first began creating Yogilachi in the 90’s it was around the physical body and optimal movement with little focus on how the mind came in to play. Only to practice the movement mindfully. But there is much more to this “mindfulness” practice – it’s the deep work we need to do. For the body is a direction reflection of the mind.
As I progressed over the years I came to realize that a more holistic (WHOLE) approach was needed. Coming at total well being would have to be looked at from the mind and how it affected the body. There fore we would have to address the mind directly – dealing with negative thought patterns that ultimately leads to the body adapting. The body listens to the mind. So we need to have the mind in the best condition as possible. The input needs to be clean, purposeful and healthy.
We also need to address how we fuel and nourish the body. So we have nutrition. Yes, this is in terms of food. Food being our body’s medicine and the best medicine for our body. Nutrition, or nourishment for the body, the mind, the spirit comes in multiple forms. The suns rays, the moons rays, the earths energy, the air, the ether, the water we drink, wash and swim in. All of these must be taken in to consideration for a wholistic program to be complete.
Each step of Yogilachi is about optimal mindset, movement and nutrition, leaving out obsolete or less than optimum practices. It is where the deep work comes in.
Part of the process or ramp up phase is to clear away unsupportive habits, thoughts, objects and people in our environment that do not contribute to our optimal well being. That required deep work to even contemplate addressing.
It’s become all too common place to drift through life from one message to the next, not certain where you are going and unclear where you’ve been. I hope that the book Yogilachi will bring some insight and a complete plan to help you regain or create newly your best life.