How to Marie Kondo your DigestionJanuary 2019
Marie Kondo is all about clearing your home of things that no longer spark your joy. Well what about your digestive system? I’m pretty sure there would be some things lurking around that no longer spark its joy!
The digestive system starts at the mouth and goes all the way to the anus (if you didn’t laugh at that word, you’re more mature than me!). It is the most amazing process; from thinking of food, to eating it, then breaking it down, to absorbing it, feeding our microbiome, then removing what we no longer need. It’s something we don’t need to think about, our organs do all the work for us. Could you imaging having to actually think and engage the muscles of your stomach to churn your food?!?
How to Marie Kondo your guts?
Digestion starts in the cephalic phase. The thought, sight and/or smell of food kick-starts the flow of our digestive juices; saliva and hydrochloric acid. Sadly, many of us are too busy or not engaged in what we’re doing for this phase to start!
Next step; chew your food. Food definitely sparks my joy. The flavour explosions and pleasure you get whilst you’re chewing is part of the reason why we eat. Unfortunately we all hoover our meals, so chewing is forgotten. But it is such an important step. It is the mechanical breakdown of food. At your next meal aim to chew each mouthful twenty times.
These two simple acts are how you can Marie Kondo your guts.
Then let your organs take over. Your stomach will continue the breakdown of food. Your small intestine will absorb your nutrients. Your large intestine will take the last remnants it needs before removing the waste.
Seven foods will help spark digestive joy
- Ginger: not only is ginger a warming food. It helps to settle an upset digestive system, bloating and symptoms of IBS.
- Bitter foods: foods such as rocket, radishes, dandelion are bitter in taste and get the digestive juices flowing.
- Slippery Elm: made from the inner bark of the tree, slippery elm acts like a soothing gel to the gastrointestinal track. Lowing the inflammation and helping food to move through.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: a teaspoon in water first thing in the morning often gets things moving digestively. But be careful not to drink it everyday, the high acidity of the vinegar decreases the enamel of your teeth.
- Pineapple: contains bromelain an enzyme that helps to breakdown protein. If you’ve overdone the meat consumption, a little pineapple post meal can help.
- Papaya: similar to pineapple, papaya contains papain an enzyme that aids digestion.
- Fermented foods: foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir all support a healthy digestive system. Add some to your next meal.
If you’re digestion is feeling a little off from some overindulgence, give it a little love with some nourishing, digestion supportive foods.
Until next time… x
Written by Jessica Worth, Nutritionist, Sydney, Mona Vale.
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