Digestive concerns plague wellness professionals, clients, and influencers alike. The general public is waking up to how vital it is to implement lifestyle choices for digestive support. At Pulse PEMF, we continue to research strategies for affecting the digestive process naturally. Here are our top five!
First and foremost, strive to eat natural and minimally processed foods. Unfortunately, people incidentally avoid foods in their raw and semi-natural states. Americans typically pick over-processed, flour-based foods loaded with carbohydrates. These sorts of snacks and meals severely lack nutrition.
Whole foods provide a solid dietary foundation. Examples of these whole foods include meat and protein-rich foods, healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and legumes. When we consume these foods in (or close to) their natural state, they become excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fat for nourishing whole-body benefits.
let’s talk about enzymes. Digestive enzymes provide catalyst-like responses that help break down and digest the foods that we ingest. Each type of enzyme affects the digestive process differently. For example, protease breaks down protein-containing foods, while amylase helps to break down carbohydrates. Another natural enzyme, lipase, helps break down fats. If you are unsure of which enzyme supplement would work best for you, seek the guidance of a nutritional consultant or naturopath.
Our digestive support plans often overlook an important factor: the proper amount of chewing. In fact, most people only chew their food five to ten times before swallowing. Chewing food more thoroughly activates the salivary glands, which secrete enzymes to help digest our foods. With help from the salivary enzymes, the additional chewing better prepares the food for the next stage of digestion. When we take more time to chew, it also gives the stomach and intestines less work, enabling them to be more efficient.
You may have already heard about not eating in the last three hours before bed. When we eat right before the body enters its rest cycle, the body stays busy digesting while we sleep. Allowing the stomach a reprieve to carefully digest and absorb the nutrients of your last meal or snack supports gut health.
Finally, eating in a calm, relaxed environment also supports gut health. External surroundings affect internal realities. Creating a peaceful, happy setting improves the entire eating experience and the after-effects.