Our stomach is an important organ, as vital as our brain and heart. Without it, we would be unable to ingest, digest, absorb and evacuate our food and beverages. It's a neat process that begins inside the mouth and ends at the rectum!
Through the intestinal tract, we are able to absorb and integrate energy and nutrients to support bodily activities that keep us active, moving and healthy. Basically, alive!
How can you improve your gut health?
It's simple - it only takes a few key habits.
SPACING OUT FOR BETTER DIGESTION
When you space out your meals and snacks by a few hours or more, you facilitate their flow through the intestinal tract and avoid creating blockage. Think about traffic: a highway can only accommodate a limited number of cars during rush hour...
CHEW 1, 2, 3… AND CHEW SOME MORE… 58, 59, 60!
We get it: when food’s good or when we’re super hungry, we forget to chew properly. The result? Our stomach takes a hit and lets us know that the Hawaiian pizza gulped in 3.5 seconds is going to hurt as it tries to make its way through the intestinal tract. By taking the time to chew your food (minimum 60 seconds), you foster a rapid digestion. The more food gets chewed, the less digestive work required from your stomach. Hence, food will easily pass through it.
FIBER - THE ULTIMATE ASSET
When it comes to fiber, think of it as a “digestive lubricant”. Fiber helps soften food and activate digestive muscles located inside your stomach. The rest, well, you know it very well! :P
Also, fibers give the impression of being full, helping you maintain a healthy weight. Not bad, eh?
SUPERFOODS AND GUT HEALTH: WHAT'S THE DEAL?
A superfood like baobab is very high in fiber. Fibers that help the digestive passage. Fibers that stimulate the intestinal flora.
Good intestinal health is inextricably linked to a healthy intestinal flora that lines the digestive tract. Studies even show that it acts on our overall health by regulating our immune system as well as interacting with our brain.
Fascinating, isn't it?