The Path to Optimal Digestion: Getting the Most out of Your Food
The process of digestion is elaborate and the following tips will help you ensure you are getting the most out of your food.
- Chew your food! Chewing your food 15 to 20 times breaks it into smaller pieces that can be digested more easily, and gives the enzymes in your saliva time to work on breaking down the starches in the food.
- Avoid drinking liquids with meals. This will prevent digestive juices from being diluted and will minimize gas and bloating associated with meal times.
- Bloating, flatulence and nails that chip easily can be signs of inadequate stomach acid secretion. This can be brought on by stress or antacids and even anti-histamine medications. Consult your naturopathic doctor for ways of stimulating stomach acid secretion.
- If you have noticed a clay (light?) colour to your stools you may not be secreting adequate amounts of bile (bile gives your stool a normal brown colour). By increasing the amount of fibre in your diet to 30 to 35 grams per day you will help ensure that bile is being secreted easily and therefore breaking down the fats in your food.
- Instead of eating on the run, take time to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. This will optimize your digestion process and give you time to chew food thoroughly and enjoy what’s on your plate.