Five ways to improve your digestion
Digestion is a remarkable system that influences and controls so much of our overall health. Poor digestive health can leave you uncomfortable with bloating, constipation, heartburn and gas. More concerning are the links between poor digestion and irritable bowel syndrome and weight gain. It even influences our mental health - we have all had a day where our tummies are rumbly and that sets the tone - you know it is going to be a bad day.
Maintaining digestive health can be as easy as a few lifestyle tweaks. Adjust your diet a touch by incorporating some new foods, adding a supplement, drink your water and you will feel better. There is no better way to start the change by embarking one a cleanse.
Kick start it with a cleanse
Even the cleanest diet exposes our bodies to toxins. We absorb pollution and toxins from everything from construction to cleaning products. A cleanse will give your digestion system a break and it is an opportunity to pack your system with nutrients.
The Metagenics Clear Change® 10-Day Program featuring UltraClear RENEW is designed to enhance the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process while providing adequate fuel for both cleansing and other daily activities. Metabolic detoxification is a natural bodily process that consists of 3 major detoxification phases. In this process, fat soluble compounds must undergo transformation and become water-soluble before they are excreted.
The Metagenics Clear Change Program
There is one common theme that runs through virtually every nutrition plan, education seminar and fitness program: drink water. Water is responsible for moving nutrients around the body and for removing waste products.
Water removes waste through urination, perspiration and defecation. It is an important part of the saliva which is the starting gate of the digestion system. Water is essential for the body to utilize soluble fibre.
Hydration, hydration, hydration
The body needs two different types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. Fibre is in carbohydrates. It is different from other carbohydrates because it can't be broken down further by the body and absorbed. The digestion system moves it along - carrying with it waste. Soluble fibres absorb water almost turning into a gel. Most fibre supplements are soluble fibre and it is also in whole grains like oatmeal, nuts, apples and blueberries. Insoluble fibre does not absorb water. It is found in brown rice, whole-wheat bread and the skin of fruit. Eating more insoluble fibre is one way to prevent constipation and to get your system moving again.
Eat a diet rich in soluble and insoluble fibre
Our body is ripe with bacteria - the vast majority of which our body needs to function properly. “Good” bacteria - probiotics - help keep our gut healthy. Our body helps them flourish but supplements and fermented foods are also excellent sources of probiotics. The two most common probiotics are:
Incorporate probiotics into your diet
Metagenics UltraFlora Balance is a powerful probiotic blend of B. lactis Bi-07 and L. acidophilus NCFM® with a non-dairy base in capsule form. The NCFM® strain is the most widely studied strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus with numerous research publications—including clinical trials for a number of bothersome GI symptoms.
- Lactobacillus - it is found in yogurt and other fermented foods
- Bifidobacterium - is found in some dairy products
Support your body with glutamine
Glutamine is an important amino acid that helps repair the body. It initially found favour in the bodybuilding community to help build and preserve muscle tissue. The intestines use glutamine to build and repair tissue. It can help heal ulcers and prevent further damage.