Fix your digestive system

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It’s not what you eat, it’s what you digest

Pretty simple.

So simple, that we often neglect our digestive system in favour of cool.

We want something more complicated, something “new” and improved, straight from the latest health or bodybuilding magazine.

Before I show you the HOW, I want to explain WHY your digestive system is so important.

  • Your macro’s are left behind. During the digestion process, stomach acid breaks down food  so that you can extract the required nutrients for proper structure and function (as in fat loss, and muscle growth.) Proteins will pass into the intestine and putrefy instead of being digested, and carb’s will be left to ferment without adequate enzymes from the pancreas. Not good. Putrefy = gas, bloating, bad breath and a host of other issues.
  • And so are the essential minerals. Zinc and calcium for example, both a vital partner in your war against fat, are left behind.
  • Your immune system is compromised. Digestion plays a huge role in killing pathogenic bacteria that enters the body via food, therefore helping your immune system. You’re also at a higher risk of food poisoning since you are missing your primary defense against bacterial organisms. Anything that takes energy away from your body functioning optimally, is going to impair your immune system and your ability to burn fat/build muscle.

Convinced?

We are all different and have varying levels of tolerance to certain foods, however the following 6 tips apply to everyone…

  1. Fast for a period every day. I recommend between 12-16 hours.
  2. Do NOT follow the bodybuilder type diet of 6 meals per day. This has ruined more digestive systems than I dare count, because people blindly follow advice from “sheep” trainers and the mainstream fitness magazines.
  3. Squeeze fresh lemon into a large glass of hot water 15-20 minutes before eating your main meal to naturally up  your levels of Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) in the gut.
  4. Take probiotics daily.
  5. Eliminate pasteurised dairy, legumes, alcohol, grains and sugar.
  6. CHEW your food. I’m guilty of this. You also need to SLOW down and chew your food more. Try it. I recommend chewing 30-40 times per mouthful. I was shocked when someone told me this, I used to chew food 5 or 6 times if I were lucky 😉 Slow down, and enjoy the serenity. This will probably mean switching off the TV and FaceBook to just “be” when it comes to meal time.
  7. Eat less. Seriously. Stop bingeing so much and give your digestive system a rest.

Remember – if your gut health is poor, you will NEVER function at 100%! Get it sorted NOW!

There you have it, 7 tips to sort your digestive system out.

  • James Hincks

    I have read Greg Plitt the fitness model has a eating schedule like this.
    He has a large meal in the middle of the day, and fasts for the rest of the day, occasionally will graze on some almonds. And does this several times a week.

  • pete

    Thanks James. If you look back to bodybuilding in the 60’s and 70’s, 2-3 meals per day was the norm

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