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In our busy lives we often don’t spend the time preparing food like we used to a couple of generations ago. This means that our bodies don’t often get enough warning that we are about to eat and therefore don’t prepare the digestive juices to cope with the food consumed.

These tips may help in improving digestion and avoiding that bloated feeling:

  • Try to eat at much the same time each day – your body will try to anticipate when it needs to prepare for digestion.
  • Enjoy the taste, smell and look of your food. This gets your body prepared for digestion. Try not to get distracted by reading or watching TV.
  • Eat small, regular meals so you don’t overfill your stomach and digestion is easier. Overeating places strain on the digestive system and can result in indigestion.

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Many people with digestive issues assume they have food intolerances and remove these foods from their diet. While this can alleviate some of the symptoms, it may not address the cause. Digestive issues can be simply a sign that your digestive system is struggling to cope due to the poor eating habits that come from having a busy life.

So try implementing a few simple changes in and see if this helps…

  1. Avoid fluids around meal times. Fluids dilute the digestive juices and make them less efficient at breaking down our food.
  2. Chew, chew and chew some more. We don’t have any more teeth down our digestive tract so you only get one chance to break your food down well enough for it to be digested. You need to puree your food with your teeth before you swallow it.
  3. Chew slowly and pause between mouthfuls. This not only aids digestion but also gives your brain the opportunity to tell you when your body is full.

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This is the first in a series of five articles that we will be running each week about the subject of digestion.

We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat” but I think a more accurate statement would be “you are what you absorb”!

Because the skin is the last organ of the body to receive nutrients, it is really important for us to ensure we are getting all the vitamins and minerals that they need for beautiful skin, hair and nails. While it is wonderful to be eating a healthy, well balanced diet, if we are suffering from symptoms like bloating, indigestion, constipation or diarrhoea, then chances you’re not absorbing the nutrients you could.

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