When the holidays roll around I seem to be constantly in a permanent battle with my digestive system. Now normally I don’t give my digestion a second thought, unless that dreaded constipation comes knocking at my door.
My usual response is opening the door a small fraction and mouthing softly:”Go…. Away….” Then, if it does not fade into the night, I start wondering what brought this on.
Can it possibly be all those treats I have been consuming without a second thought?
Or is it all those fizzy drinks, delectable milkshakes and psychedelic cocktails that seem to be all the rage at this time of the year?
Mostly I reject ridiculous thoughts like the ones above, much to my own detriment as it normally turns out. This year I have other plans.
Prof Celene will be so proud of me 😉
In the article I wrote last week, I was telling you about how I lost 3kgs in 10 days, I am happy to report that 1 week later I have shaken off another 1,1kgs!! It wasn’t easy all the time, I must tell you. This 3rd week in has really been trying at times. Even though I have “lost” 4,1kgs in 17 days, temptation seemed to follow me around, especially last Friday.
If it wasn’t for my accountability partner (my daughter), I would have succumbed and snacked on all things sweet that I could find. And I almost did!! Luckily, after really, really wanting to just jump into a sugar high, I was so happy when I got on the scale and the numbers were down again.
This had me thinking about the holidays and how I would normally be eating during this time of the year. Not a good thought I can promise you. Just because I am a nurse this does not mean I make the best choices all the time; however, lately I have been focusing on making the small changes, so that I can feel as good as I can.
I will not be going through the discomfort of my digestion fighting back this holiday season. I am totally dedicated in improving my choices. Luckily, as Prof Celene keeps on telling me, I don’t have to be perfect all the time; I just need to get up every time I stumble, and continue on choosing the better options.
When Prof Celene explains it to me like that, it always feels totally do-able. Given my current success, I can tell you I feel much more in control.
Gut health is being recognized today for it’s role in good overall health. There is a little more to it than you might think at first glance.
Look out for the following 4 factors:
1. Poor Digestion:
- Lack of enzymes
- Too little stomach acid
2. Poor absorption
- Increased gut permeability, also known as leaky gut which increases the number of foreign compounds entering the bloodstream.
3. Poor Protection
- Food Intolerances
- Dysbiosis: when your gut bacteria are out of balance.
4. Poor Elimination
- Liver Detoxification difficulties
- Clogged up Colon
Knowing what to look out for helps, but also monitoring which foods trigger a gut reaction will help you side step any unnecessary discomfort, when your digestion decides to fight back.
There is so much advice out there, but as always, Prof Celene advocates a “cleaner” way of eating, avoiding wheat, dairy and having more foods in their natural state is definitely top of the list.
When you need a little more support, Prof Celene recommends Supergest. This nifty little digestive enzyme helps reduce:
- And Heartburn
Things you can do today that can help with digestion:
- Don’t drink coffee or tea with food, it reduces proper absorption
- Avoid wheat, it is a popular IBS trigger
- Soluble fibers increase digestion; think oats and chia seeds, not bran
- Eat more whole foods such as nuts, fruits, vegetables and fish,
- Move away from too much red meat
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water
- Avoid processed foods and saturated fats
One of the things that I have found lately that has improved while I have been ditching sugar, is my digestion has improved drastically. There is a lot to say about cleaning up your diet.
If you suspect you might have some intolerances, feel free to read my article on the subject.
Do you have any tips you can share? Please comment if you have or even if I can clear up any questions you have on digestion. Remember you should be able to pass stools easily and frequently, once to twice a day. I wish you all improved digestive health.