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5 Tips to Improve Your Digestion & Health

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5 Tips to Improve Your Digestion & Health

Do you regularly have gas, bloating, bad breath, heartburn, or indigestion?

If any of those symptoms are regular for you, then you are not digesting your food well. This means that your body is not receiving the full nutrition of the foods you are attempting to feed it.

These are just the obvious immediate results of bad digestion. Long-term results include:

  • Often sick
  • Overweight
  • Lack of energy
  • Toxic
  • Candida
  • Constipated

Your health is dependent on a healthy digestive system. Without a properly functioning digestive system, your health does not have the fuel to build a strong body. Our body needs food to create energy to feed its cells and to do all the bodily functions that keep us alive. Calories in food create energy or fuel for the body.

5 Ways to Improve Your Digestion

1. Chew Your Food Well

  • Okay, this is going to sound like a lot, but it is best to chew our food 30 to 50 times each bite. That is not much when you know about what macrobiotics recommends: their rule is to chew each mouthful 100 times! In 1978, I went to a summer macrobiotic camp; all 30 of us would sit in a big circle all chewing for a long time for each meal. I found it very funny watching us being so intent on chewing.
  • Chewing your food increases saliva and digestive enzymes and juices to digest your food. We can produce 2 gallons of saliva a day! When all of your food is digested well, the efficiency of the digestion will give you more nutrients to run your body. How can food that is in chunks be digested in your stomach? I am sure you must have noticed whole bits of foods in your stools. There are no teeth in your stomach or intestines, so put those teeth in your mouth to work!

“When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.” ― Agatha Christie


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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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11:05AM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

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3:42AM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

Eating without a glass of wine.AGHHHH! Bedtime snack fruit?? The worse snack before bedtime as the sugar just becomes fat,so they tell us.This article is very confusing with a lot of condradictions as to what's best or not.So will jusy keep on chewing and breathing!

5:32AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Thanks, I'll try these.

4:50AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Thank you :)

10:04PM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

1:53PM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

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7:18AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

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2:50PM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

Interesting, I haven't heard that Darren.

1:39AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

Hmm, I've heard and read that if one chews one's food excessively, there is nothing for the stomach to do, which needs to exercise itself as well, by breaking the food up. . .?

12:35AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

Thank you!

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