The better your digestion, the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off. Digestion is impaired by stress, and our digestive efficiency declines with age. It’s also impaired by eating too fast, eating allergic foods, and some health and lifestyle factors. Proper and complete digestion can reduce food and sugar cravings. You don’t want to miss one single nutrient from the food you eat.
Simple Ways to Aid Digestion
Start by taking these basic steps to naturally aid your digestion:
- Eat slowly and thoroughly chew your food.
- Eat in a relaxed environment.
- Eat sitting down.
Supplementing Your Diet to Aid Digestion
There are a variety of ways that you supplement your diet to improve digestion. Here are a few that work:
Eat sour foods with each meal. These include lemon or lime juice, pickles, capers, vinegar-based salad dressings, sauerkraut, olives, salsa, and other tangy condiments.
Acidophilus supplements. If your intestinal flora is weak, you won’t be able to digest or assimilate nutrients well. Your “gut” needs a healthy stock of active bacteria. Without it, you could have diarrhea, constipation, or yeast overgrowth syndrome. Supplement with acidophilus-type supplements that contain active cultures. Don’t rely on yogurt unless you know it contains active cultures – most don’t. We like Prodophilus by Enzyme Research.
Digestive enzymes. Take with meals. Choose one that assists with protein, fat, and carbohydrate digestion. Experiment with different brands and formulations until you find one that works for you. One that we like is Digestive 270 by Enzyme Research.