I know you’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” but is that really true?
Can we assume that if we eat healthy foods we reap all of the purported benefits?
If you read a nutrition label for the amount of protein, vitamins and other nutrients in that food – how do you know if those things are actually getting to your cells, where they’re needed most?
The answer lies in your digestive system.
The food that you eat doesn’t become part of you unless your digestive system can break it down and absorb its nutrients into your bloodstream for delivery to your cells.
So even if you aren’t experiencing digestive symptoms, like heartburn, low appetite, getting full really quickly, bloating, constipation, etc (and especially if you are), it’s important to consider whether your digestion could be functioning, and therefore serving you, even better.
Watch today’s video to hear more!
And if you’re curious to learn more about what ideal bowel movements are like (and how to get there if yours aren’t ideal), here’s that video.
In the last video, I explained that it’s ideal to have 1-3 bowel movements each day for optimal health. If you aren’t having a daily bowel movement, that qualifies as constipation! Other signs of constipation include straining, hard stools, or feeling like elimination is incomplete. And symptoms of constipation can extend beyond your digestive system and even include headaches, brain fog, fatigue, or body pain due to a buildup of toxins that aren’t getting moved out of your body quickly enough.
Constipation can be caused by something as simple as minor dehydration or not eating enough fiber. On the other hand, it can also point to other things going on in your body including several forms of digestive imbalance, food allergies, and even hormonal imbalance. So be sure to work with a practitioner to determine what is underlying it for you, especially if the simple tips I outline below don’t get things moving for you.
Watch the video below to learn about 3 simple things you can try to get things moving:
Today I’m answering a question from viewer Nicole.
Nicole says, “There is conflicting info out there about eating fruit with a protein. I always found that eating a little protein (nuts, almond butter, etc) with my fruit helps sustain my energy but some articles out there tell people never to mix the two. Any ideas?”
Eating good quality foods is important for your health, but the saying “you are what you eat” isn’t really true unless your body can effectively utilize what you eat. This month I talked to a small group on just this topic: how to improve digestion. We discussed Read more »