7 Ways To Improve Your Digestion

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Digestive disorders are one of the most common complaints seen today. Digestive issues can be as small as discomfort and bloating to full blown issues that require hospitalization and constant medical care. I have spent a great deal of time with all our clients teaching them about the importance of good digestion and working with them to figure out ways to optimize this vital physiological function. Here are the 7 ways I use most often to fix a clients digestion.

1. Optimize levels of digestive acids

Having good levels of digestive acids is important for optimal breakdown of food and also the destruction of bacteria from foods. One way to optimize stomach acid is to have a glass of water with lemon juice about 15-30 minutes before a meal. Supplementation can be used as well, but it is recommended you work in conjunction with a practitioner.

2. Heal the integrity of the intestinal wall

The intestinal wall is very sensitive to foods that are inflammatory in nature. This leads to food particles getting into the bloodstream and traveling around the body, creating havoc with the immune system and raising inflammation. One method to heal the intestinal wall is the consumption of Glutamine and avoiding inflammatory foods such as gluten and dairy

3. Improve bowel transit time

Our bowel transit time is how long a food takes from chewing to defecation. The longer a food is on our body the more potential damage it can take. One way to improve this is to consume fibre.

4.Eat in a relaxed state

Eating while stressed or working will lead to elevated levels of cortisol and our bodies fight or flight response. Taking a few moments to calm yourself down and eat away from your computer can have a profound effect on digestive health.

5. Avoid foods that cause reactions

Food that cause intolerance reactions will impair digestion and lead to gas, bloating and other symptoms of digestive discomfort. Some of the most problematic foods include grains, milk products, nuts and soy foods.

6. Exercise more regularly

Exercise is a great tool for fixing digestion as it increases the motility of the bowel wall leading to more regular movements.

7. Chew your water and drink your food

This is an old saying. We should try and chew our food as much as possible to make it as easy for our internal organs to break down and absorb, and we shouldn't gulp down water with a meal as this can impair digestion as well.Follow these 7 steps and soon you will see the benefits of improved digestion which include increased mental clarity, higher energy, faster weight loss and better recovery You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

About the Author:

Paul Meldrum has been training clients for over 10 years. He specialises in fat loss, muscle gain and rehabilitation. He was the winner of the 05/06 Personal Trainer of the year award. To receive his 3 part video series on the 8 Things you need to know to lose fat http://dchealthperformance.com.au/

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