The state of digestion weaves the story of your health with a right that no other philosophy can spell.
Your digestion impacts how well nutrients are absorbed, how smoothly food moves through your system, marks discomfort in several ways when it doesn’t have it’s way, can step the pedal on inflammation if not attended to and can guarantee health like no other.
The gut is your second brain and is an independent thinker. Like the rest of the body, it doesn’t listen to the king brain. It has a mind of it’s own and performs it’s functions of digestion, absorption and evacuation at it’s own command. Most diseases initiate their potential with a poor gut.
And hence it is imperative to keep your digestion working at it’s optimum, easy and the way it should be. Minus bloating, acidity, acid reflux, constipation and other well heard of tummy ailments.
Simple practices to keep the gut healthy
Keep it alkaline: Consuming infused veg water, 4 servings of fruits and veggies daily, lemon shots and apple cider vinegar are simple effective ways to keep your body alkaline. Keeping your body on the better side of neutral is a great way to keep the acidity at a comfortable distance.
Keep the processed away: Processed food either has too much salt, sugar or refined fats. All of which places an unnecessary load on your gut. Not to mention preservatives which is like foreign invasion on the gut. Once the flavour leaves your palate, all it does is kill those wonderful, useful gut bacteria and along with it, good digestion.
Detoxifies: Cold pressed spinach beet celery and cucumber juice, cold pressed amla shots, ceylon cinnamon infused water and purging your liver with virgin olive oil will clear your liver of bad bile, detoxify it & will keep your gut moving in the right direction.
Virgin cold pressed coconut oils: 1 tbsp of this had first thing in the morning will have antimicrobial effect on your gut. Coconut oil helps digestion and also helps reduce stomach ulcers while destroying crowding out the bad bacteria from your stomach.
Haldi / Curcumin: Haldi/Curcumin has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. It helps digestion and is known to reduce symptoms of IBS. Curcumin as an extract of turmeric, available as a supplement. One would need anywhere between 500-1000mg per day to potential health benefit. While looking for this supplement make sure you find one with piperine (pepper) as pepper greatly improves the absorption of turmeric.
Drink lots of water: Water is needed for every function, every hormone, every cell in your body. It’s free, it’s healthy, comes at room temperature or ice cold, choose it over fruit juices and aerated drinks! It’s indispensable and maybe all you need to correct your digestion.
Probiotics: Having natural probiotics daily can improve symptoms of bloating greatly. It helps the body absorb food and it’s nutrients better. You can make interesting varieties of probiotics at home like Beet Kvass, Lacto fermented salsa, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, etc. Just staying off processed food, hand sanitisers, plastic use and poor sleep can magically retain our inherent microbial flora.
Keeping your gut healthy reduces the risk of disease by 70%, it’s almost unbelievable but true. SO start looking after your gut today!!
Anupama Menon is a nutritionist and food coach based in Mumbai and Bangalore offering sustainable nutritional plans with 3 chEATs per week. To book an appointment call 9902060225 or follow her on Instagram @iamanupamamenon