DIGESTION

Did you know that 70 million americans suffer from gut health, costing the country 100 million dollars in medical bills per year?!

This just goes to show, digestive or gut health is a massive issue and concern we should be aware of. 

80% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. This means, making and maintaining a healthy gut is crucial for optimal health! 

How Your Gut Works

Here is a simple step by step process of how food is broken down in your body...

You eat food

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The body will help the food to be broken down into small, digestible components  
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Food then takes the next step of going down into your stomach and into the 'gastrointestinal tract' which we simply just call the gut
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THE GUT FUN BEGINS

 

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The food is absorbed by the lining of your gut and is then absorbed into the bloodstream

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Non-digestable compounds (e.g. fibre) are then eaten by the body 'good bacteria' butyrate (which repairs and replenishes gut cells) and other healthful compounds 
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This is where and when 'good bacteria' spread, multiply and be nourished
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Germs (e.g. pesticides, antibodies, toxins etc.) from everyday life as well as food enters the gut from our mouth. These can potentially harm 'good bacteria' and encourage over growth of 'bad bacteria'

 

Digestive Health

DANGER

If your digestive system is not functioning correctly or is upset, the following are some symptoms or signs to be aware of that will indicate disfunction in your gut health....

  • Mood swings, anxiety & depression
  • Migranes
  • Digestive issues e.g. gas, constipation, diarrhea
  • Weak Immune system e.g. prone to colds  
  • Skin issues e.g. acne, eczema, psoriases etc.
  • Weight concerns
  • Cravings - particularly junk food
  • Fatigue & energy concerns
  • Recent antibiotic use

Improvement

For proper digestion, it is crucial to chew slowly and focus on the food that you are eating. The more you break down food in your mouth, the less it will have to in the gut making the digestion process much easier. Also, if you focus on your food, your body has a chance to send you a signal 'im full' to ensure you don't overeat. 

Adequate fibre is important for many bodily functions. Consuming enough fibre will ensure it is moved through (and excreted) through your intestines easier. 

You may like to read a previous blog post we posted with more information in regards to fibre intake...

Keeping hydrated is extremely important for proper digestion of food as it helps dissolve fats and soluble fibre and overall help food pass through our system more easily.

 

Keeping active keeps our food moving in our digestive system. Exercise increases blood flow to our organs and engages muscles in our digestive system. 

Believe it or not but it is proven performing Yoga, in particular, is great for digestion. As it combines deep breathing, stretching that targets abdominal organs and twists and turn that massage out stuck intestinal toxins. Yoga relieves a range of digestive discomfort.

 

Our brain and digestive system are connected. So this means if you are stressed or anxious, this will mess with our digestive system. Stress can cause stomach ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 

 

Smoking has a very negative effect on our digestive system. It leads to acid reflux, stomach cancers, heartburn and weakens digestive organs. 

 

Alcohol interferes with acid secretion, our stomach muscles and overall nutrient absorption.  

 

Maintaining a healthy BMI can prevent many digestive issues. 

 

Probiotics help keep a balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. 

Over Hygiene 

This may seem like a bit of a contradiction. Yes, we need to remain 'clean' however, overuse of antibacterial sprays, washes and over all over hygiene can potentially be causing more harm than good. Our body does need some bad bacteria to teach our bodies how to overcome, become immune or fight it. If our body has not learnt built up defence and we do catch a 'bug' it will struggle to fight it and potentially we could become very sick.  

Food

There are many foods that help provide a healthy digestive system. 

It is important we consume rich probiotic foods to ensure our gut remains balanced, healthy, happy and functioning correctly. 

Some foods great for gut health are...

B E R R I E S

Berries

 

C H I A S E E D S

Chia Seeds

S A U E R K R A U T
sauerkraut

Y O G H U R T

YOGHURT

P U M P K I N  S E E D S
Pumpkin Seeds

S W E E T  P O T A T O

Sweet Potato

C A R R O T

Carrot

B A N A N A

Banana

 

Overall..

The gut affects the entire body. So therefore maintaining and being cautious of a healthy digestive system is crucial. Not only will a health gut keep you happy, feel great but will keep all bodily processes functioning. 

To heal your overall gut health there are only a few simple steps...

  • Reduce stress
  • Repair your gut wall (probiotics)
  • Repair microbiome with rich probiotic, fermented foods 
  • Remove processed foods from your diet

Healthy, happy days ahead!

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Supplements

Juiced Up

Of course we highly advised you to consume whole fruit and vegetables, however if you are looking to add some extra 'greens' into your diet, we suggest adding the greens formula by 'Blackstone Labs', 'Juiced Up'. It is a mixed blend of fruit and vegetables.

Greens are a supplement which you may not notice direct benefits or performance. However, it will boost general health, wellbeing, healthy digestive tract and help overall body functioning. 

Blackstone Labs Juiced Up

Glutamine 

Glutamine is great for over all general health and well being but also great for gut health. For those suffering from gut upset and stomach issues, glutamine can actually help reline the surface of your stomach repairing wear and tear and helping it become stronger. 

The glutamine particles are incredibly fine in this supplement which means they absorb and digest easily.

We stock several brands of glutamine. Most glutamine is unflavoured so can be easily mixed with other supplements to add flavour. However, we do stock APTech Glutamine which does contain flavour.

 

Glutamine  APtech Glutamine GLUTAMINE   BSN Glutamie

 

If you would like to learn more about Glutamine, feel free to refer to our previous blog post...

GLUTAMINE

 

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