How To Jump-Start Your Mind & Body in 8 Steps
Modern lifestyle is the leading problem in the cause of poor digestive function that can be linked to almost every health condition or disease.
The function of your digestive system shapes the quality of your health and well-being in the following ways:
- Providing you the energy to sustain life
- Regenerating cellular growth and function
- Detoxification and eliminating harmful toxic pollutants
- Responsible for proper brain function – concentration, memory, focus, and emotional and sensory processing, and
- Protecting you from infections and unwanted foreign organisms such as bacteria, viruses, moulds, fungi, and parasites.
You can Achieve Optimum Health in 8 Simple Steps!
1. CHEW YOUR FOOD THOROUGHLY
Digestion begins in the mouth: chewing breaks large pieces of food into smaller pieces, whilst stimulating the salivary glands to produce saliva – a fluid that contains the enzyme ptyalin, which assists in moistening food for swallowing and carbohydrate breakdown.
2. EAT WITH PURPOSE AND LOVE YOUR FOOD
Focus on your needs, preferences or circumstances, and learn to understand how different foods affect your mind and body.
Centre yourself on being more mindful when eating to activate the digestive process.
When your food reaches the middle portion of the stomach, it is mixed with gastric juices containing hydrochloric acid, water, and specific enzymes that break down complex carbohydrates, proteins, fats and other substances.
These active materials in the digestive juices, which cause the chemical breakdown of food, are called ‘enzymes’. Enzymes are complex proteins in the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas and the wall of the small intestine that are capable of inducing chemical changes in other substances, without themselves being changed.
3. USE COOKING METHODS THAT RETAIN NUTRIENTS AND ASSIST DIGESTION
Your digestive system is responsible for a series of physical and chemical changes to break down food and absorb nutrients. Cook foods slowing and use cooking methods that retain the nutrients, such as grilling, steaming, blanching, baking and pressure-cooking, and avoid overcooking or over boiling vegetables, as this will distort the water-soluble vitamins.
Depending on your needs take caution in the quantity when eating or juicing RAW fruits and vegetables, as large quantities can weaken digestive function in some individuals.
4. EAT WHOLE FOODS
Whole food is to eat produce in the utmost naturalist form. This means using traditional agricultural methods without the use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. Eating foods that are generally grown in season and the crops are rotated so the earth is allowed to rest and replenish for further abundance.
Consume unprocessed foods free from all added synthetic preservatives, chemicals and additives, which include the use of antibiotics and growth stimulating hormones.
Include whole grain products, legumes, pulses, nuts and seeds with a plentiful variety of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables to stabilize glucose metabolism, reduce cardiovascular risk factors and help relieve conditions such as depression, fear and anxiety.
5. CONSUME FERMENTED BASED FOODS
Fermented foods are responsible for maintaining the bacteria in the digestive tract in balance. These foods include organic plain fermented yoghurt, raw organic sauerkraut, kimchi, raw fermented pickles, fermented beets, miso soup and kombucha.
Continuing on the digestive journey after one to four hours (depending upon the combination), the foods ingested are transformed into the liquid-like substance called chyme. This means that carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are ready to leave the stomach and enter the small intestine to be absorbed.
The small intestine has the dual function of being a digestive/absorptive organ, as well as forming a protective barrier to prevent the penetration of toxic compounds or foreign substances entering the bloodstream.
6. USE ORGANICALLY GROWN COLD PRESSED OILS
Cold pressed oils are extracted using a slow mechanical process that presses the fruit or seed to maintain its natural state without the use of heat or chemicals.
Store oil in a cool dark area away from sunlight in brown glass bottles, as oil is susceptible to oxidation when exposed to oxygen, light and heat.
Do NOT store oil in plastic containers because it will absorb the chemicals from the plastic. This is toxic and produces free-radical damage that causes the cells in your body to rapidly age and degenerate.
- Oils suitable for frying in small quantities and can be enjoyed fresh include extra virgin olive, coconut and sesame seed oil.
- Oils that can only be enjoyed fresh include sunflower, safflower, flaxseed and pumpkin seed oil.
7. DRINK WELL FILTERED WATER
Clean water is essential for life. Drink water only stored in food grade stainless steel or glass. Do not force yourself to drink water and only drink enough water to meet your needs, as your requirements will vary depending on your dietary intake.
8. IMPROVE BOWEL TRANSIT TIME
Bowel transit time is the time needed for your food to be processed and move through your digestive system and eliminated through into its final stages. An easy self-administered test to determine bowel transit time is to eat beetroot, corn or sunflower seeds, and then observe how long it takes to appear in your stool.
Optimum bowel transit time is 24 to 36 hours. Prolonged or shortened bowel transit times maybe signs of irregular or irritable bowel function. This increases your risks of developing systemic toxic conditions that can be linked to almost all health conditions and more specific bowel related diseases.
Following the above eight steps with moderate exercise that includes walking, jogging, or jumping on a mini-trampoline will help improve your bowel transit time.
Final Take Home Message
I have just outlined a Simple 8 Step Approach that once implemented will almost certainly help shape the quality of your health and well-being.
Remember, due to modern lifestyles, chronic disease is the leading cause of ill health, disability and death in Australia. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare an increasing number of people are suffering from chronic related diseases with more than 11 million Australians suffering from the impacts of at least one chronic disease.
Take the Next Step
In over twenty years of practice, I have helped thousands of people achieve well-deserved results, and you too can start making a difference using these simple eight steps.
If you are struggling with the frustration and limited results that so often comes along after trying everything to fix your digestive problems then get started and click the link below to book your obligation free introduction consultation.