Is your digestion giving you a hard time?
Do you ever suffer from a number of elusive stomach / belly complaints, but do you not immediately know what causes these complaints? Then take a look at the following list and check whether your complaints are included.
- Bloating after eating
- Pain in your stomach or gut
- Rumbling in your stomach and gut
- A feeling of fullness in your stomach and intestines, as if your food is stuck
- Pain around your belly button
- Unclear or vague abdominal complaints
- Nauseous after eating high-fat meals
These complaints may very well originate in poor digestion. This is often caused by too little stomach acid or your liver or pancreas not functioning as well as needed. Therefore, they produce too little bile and enzymes for a proper digestion. This is not only uncomfortable but has consequences for your health as well.
Good digestion is the basis of many important bodily processes; it:
- ensures a good absorption of nutrients
- supports a healthy intestinal flora
- provides the basis for sufficient energy production
- supports your immune system
- limits the amount of toxins in your body
Do you want to improve your digestion? You may then want to consider the following:
- Eat Mindfully: Take enough rest when preparing and eating your meal. Create a pleasant atmosphere and chew a little longer. Your digestion starts before you even start eating!
- Opt for unprocessed food: highly processed food contains too many salts, sugars and trans fats that are more difficult for your body to process and contain fewer nutrients than pure food;
- Stop drinking half an hour before a meal so that your stomach acid remains sufficiently concentrated;
- Choose boiled or blanched dishes/vegetables;
- Make a green smoothie more often, this is an easy way to get a lot of good nutrients in one go. A smoothie also easily supplies you with fiber, which in turn is a good source of nutrition for your friends in your gut, your microbiome.
- Do not eat too much: if your stomach is not completely full, it is better to knead the food mass, which will improve digestion;
- Use herbs and spices such as ginger, curcuma, cumin, aniseed, fennel, mint, coriander;
- Pay attention to the composition of your diet: start your day with, for example, eating fruit, do not take too many (unhealthy trans) fats, do not combine dairy with fruit and preferably take it 2 hours after a meal.
By following our recipes you will find it easier to cook for a healthy digestion! If you keep having troubles in this aspect, please contact us and we point you in the right direction to Claudia Lanson or one of our other nutritionists.