More than ever before, we’re understanding gut health to be a core pillar of our overall wellbeing. But to optimize or boost digestion, much more than just a probiotic is required. Thankfully, most of the basics aren’t too difficult as shared here by the founder of The Beauty Chef, Carla Oates.
The Beauty Chef was the one of the first brands we can think whose launch made the connection between digestion and beauty so seamless. If you’re not that interested in vibrant gut health, what about vibrant, glowing skin? Carla’s would convince anyone (and we’ve seen that aglow in real life).
The new book, The Beauty Chef Gut Guide, is a A-Z gut health manual and meal planner that’ll change the way you eat, live and glow for the better. Here are a few essential tips from its pages, including a…
10 Simple Ways To Boost Digestion
Have a shot of bone broth each morning. It’s full of amino acids that help repair your gut lining. Recipe coming soon!
Before meals, chew on bitter leaves such as endive, chicory or radicchio, or ginger or parsley, which aid digestion by stimulating digestive enzymes. Alternatively, have a shot of lemon juice or unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (two teaspoons of either in half a glass of warm water) half an hour before meals.
Eat appealing food. The smell of delicious, appetizing food stimulates digestive juices even before we eat. This priming process is less likely to happen with unappealing food.
Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Hunger signals that our digestion is ready for food while eating when not hungry can overtax the digestive process. It’s equally important to avoid overeating, which can cause the gastric juices and enzymes that assist digestion to become depleted, leaving you feeling full and bloated. Think of the stomach like a wood fire: Too much wood will smother the fire.
Don’t eat late at night. During sleep digestion virtually stops. If you don’t feel like breakfast upon waking, you’re probably eating too late and the food isn’t being digested properly. Try having a very light meal to see if you feel different in the morning. You’ll notice that your sleep improves and you have fewer vivid dreams.
Eat a diverse, balanced diet and everything in moderation. By giving your bugs a varied diet, your gut reaction will be minimized if something is irritating.
Aim to have more plants on your plate than meat. This proportion is far healthier for promoting microbial health.
Eat more omega-3 fats and consume saturated fats like ghee, butter and coconut oil, but in moderation. While these saturated fats have health benefits and are healthier to cook with than refined vegetable oils, too much may upset your microbiome. Enjoy cold-pressed olive oil liberally on salads.
Go slow and don’t over-exercise. Stress and exercise can be taxing on our digestive system, so take it easy and keep your exercise regular, but moderate.
Remember the gut-brain axis. Breathe clean air, get involved with nature, garden, walk, meditate, practice gratitude and have fun.
Learn more about The Beauty Chef’s approach to health and beauty with our Green Goddess Guide interview.