On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing a digestion problem solution, including the most common cause and how to fix it.
Proper digestion of food is of critical importance when it comes to your overall health.
Think about it, what’s the point of eating healthy food if your body doesn’t actually absorb the nutrients?
Here’s a quick and simple high level ride to see what happens inside your body after your eat.
You put the food in your mouth.
You chew the food up using your teeth.
During this step the food gets hit with a rush of saliva to help with the digestive process.
You swallow the food.
The food makes the trip down a 10 inch long tube, called the esophagus.
The food then hits your stomach, where it should be further broken down into a more easily absorbable paste like substance, by your body’s natural enzymes and stomach acid.
If your body is not sufficient in producing these enzymes, the large food particles can create gas and bloating.
Then it makes its way down a 22 foot tube called your small intestine.
The food hits the large intestine, also known as your colon.
This is where a lot of your healthy gut bacteria lives, and is the part where the body absorbs most of the nutrients.
The leftovers hits the rectum, where it gets stored until you go for a poop.
It hits your anus, then hopefully the toilet bowl.
Now that you have a quick overview of how your food gets digested, here’s where the problems with digestion begin.
One of the most common causes of poor digestion occurs because you’re not properly chewing your food.
As you learned, your intestines don’t handle large food particles very well.
Two problems occur when you don’t properly chew your food:
One simple way to improve your digestion is to chew your food for at least 15 bites or more to help properly breakdown the food.
Properly chewing your food can also possibly release more of the hunger reducing hormones in your body.
In some cases, even when you do chew your food a lot, you may suffer from having low stomach acid.
This is more common than you think.
Low stomach acid may be caused by:
If you have low stomach acid, the food may still be leaving your stomach, without first being properly broken down, even if you are chewing your food 15 or more times.
This could also be a low thyroid function issue, which you should see a doctor about.
If low stomach acid is the issue causing your poor digestion, fortunately there may be a solution to enhance your digestive ability.
They’re called digestive enzymes.
Digestive enzymes contain the essential enzymes to help your body digest and metabolize the food you are eating.
Often times when we cook food, the heat may actually destroy the natural enzymes found within the food.
Or if you’re still eating processed foods, the enzymes have probably already been destroyed.
The lack of enzymes may be what’s causing your indigestion or gas.
To improve your digestion try supplementing with a high quality digestive enzyme.
Taking a digestive enzyme with meals can assist your body in breaking down food, in addition to supplementing your own production of these important digestive compounds.
You should do your own research, but I found this popular brand of digestive enzymes called Enzymedica.
They have an advanced digestive enzyme formula called Digest Gold which is touted as America’s #1 selling digestive enzyme.
I got mine delivered to my door by ordering through iHerb.
US orders over $25 also get free shipping.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.