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Healthy Eating Strategies for Good Digestion

 
 
Food Hygiene: Have you ever wondered why the exact same meal, eaten at different periods of time, can cause a wide range of symptoms or no symptoms at all?  Unbeknownst to many, the state of our nervous system may directly impact our ability to digest and process food (ie Fight-Flight-Fright vs REST & DIGEST). One of the most important pieces of information I pass on to my patients revolves around the process of eating. This may be more important than the types of foods my patients consume at times.

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Here are several lifestyle modifications to improve digestion WITHOUT medications or supplements :



1.) Chew food in its entirety. (If that means chewing each bite of food 30 times until it turns to mush, DO IT! Or at least try).⁣

2.) Do not eat “on-the-go” or when you’re in a rush. (Your body will not properly digest food). ⁣

3.) Eliminate or limit external stressors while consuming food (ie t.v, noisy environment, arguments or tense discussions etc).⁣

4.) Try your best to cook your own food and add different spices that stimulate and prepare your body for digestion such as cumin, mustard seeds, and rosemary. ⁣

5.) Apple cider vinegar before meals may aid in digestion.
 
 
To book an appointment with Dr. Shelat, please call the Pohala Clinic.
 
Author
Paresh Shelat ND, L.Ac

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