One of the lessons I learned in nutrition school is that you are not what you eat – you are what you digest and absorb. The gut is the body’s second brain, so it is vitally important in helping us maintain good health.
The purpose of good digestion is to turn the food you eat into fuel for your cells. Many of my clients have poor digestion – which in turns mean they feel fatigued, foggy, bloated and experience constipation, diarrhoea, uncontrollable weight gain or weight loss, hormonal imbalance and general nutritional deficiencies.
If you’re dealing with poor digestion, these are my top 5 tips to improve gut health:
- Give up gluten for 2-4 weeks. If you feel better without it (better energy and digestive function) cut it out for good. My book, The Healthy Life, offers delicious alternatives.
- Take a probiotic under the guidance of a health practitioner.
- Eat more fibre – psyllium husk, chia seeds, greens, fruit, legumes, beans, oats or invest in a fibre supplement.
- Increase stomach acid by drinking warm lemon water before meals and drizzling apple cider vinegar on your greens.
- Take care of your stress levels pronto – enter the JSHealth Stress Free Zone for at least 20 minutes a day. That means shutting off your phone and computer and spending some quiet time by yourself or in nature.