A natural beauty regime starts with the food you eat. Digestion is a key factor in getting your body what it needs. Enter probiotics for good gut health! Digestion is the process of physically and chemically breaking down food in order to release its energy and nutrients in a form that can be absorbed and used by the body.
The main philosophy behind The Beauty Chef is that if our digestion is under par, then we can be eating the best foods in the world, but not gaining benefits from the nutrients that they contain. And if our body has a limited supply of nutrients to work with (whether through poor diet and/or faulty digestion), it will allocate the available nutrients to the most important organs such as the brain, heart, liver and kidneys. The skin will be left last as it’s low on the body’s priority list. Therefore, how you digest your food has a huge impact on the health of your skin. The Beauty Chef CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder is one of the best probiotics for good gut health as it contains a range of digestive enzymes that are designed to help break down carbohydrates, protein and fats – while you are taking it. In addition, there are a number of other things that you can do to improve your own natural digestive processes.
Below is a snapshot digestion guide from Radiant Health, Radiant Skin by The Beauty Chef team member and naturopath Alison Cassar. These 7 easy-to-implements tips will help you get your gut back on track.
Eat appealing food. The smell of delicious, appetising food stimulates digestive juices even before you take a bite.
Eat when hungry. Hunger signals that the digestive system is ready to accept more food. Eating when you are not hungry can over-tax the digestive processes.
Chew well. When swallowing food, it should already be liquid in your mouth. This helps the absorption of nutrients from food.
Eat in a calm and relaxed environment. Stress shuts down the release of digestive juices and diverts blood away from the digestive tract into the muscles. Consequently, digestion takes longer and is less effective. Always try to sit while eating, and take a break from work to eat in a calm environment.
Stop eating before you are full. The gastric juices and enzymes become exhausted if there is too much food and you will feel full and bloated as a result. Compare the stomach to a wood fire – if too much wood is put on a fire, it will smother it.
Don’t eat within 2 hours of bed time. During sleep, digestion virtually stops. If you don’t feel like breakfast when you wake up, you are probably eating too late and the food isn’t being digested properly. One night, try having a very light meal or nothing at all and see if you feel different in the morning. You should also notice that your sleep improves and bad dreams are reduced.
Eat fermented foods. The use of cultured, fermented, raw or living foods high in natural digestive enzymes will assist in the digestion process. This includes sauerkraut, kefir, yoghurt and miso which contain some of the best probiotics for good gut health.