Mental health is a big topic today, for good reason! Our society is facing a lot of issues pertaining to mental health, addiction, trauma and more. Digestion is a key player in that. In the first blog entry on mental health we discussed stress management. This one will focus on the role of digestion in mental health and maximizing digestive health. (Not what to eat, but how to maximize digestive health)
To make things simple, the primary function of the digestive organs is to metabolize, absorb and eliminate. First, food is broken down and metabolized by the stomach. Then, the pancreas extracts nutrients, which are then assimilated into the bloodstream. The remaining matter becomes waste, which is sent to the intestines.
If the digestion is strong, we are able to get the nutrients we need from food, while eliminate unhealthy wastes. The nutrients build blood, the immune system and help boost energy levels, stabilize mood, improve memory, concentration, and our capacity to think clearly. If digestion is poor, we are likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, weight gain, poor memory, fatigue, insomnia, constipation or diarrhea.
Digestion is like a furnace and works well when you feed it regularly. Of course we must be eating something which has something of nutritional value, to begin with.
Some important things to help yourself:
Eating a breakfast is very important for digestive health, even if you don’t feel like eating breakfast.
Protein is important, especially during breakfast, for sustained energy throughout the day.
Fruits, especially those with higher than average glycemic load, like bananas, should be eaten AFTER breakfast.
Less protein, meat in the evening helps keep the body break down the food better and reduces toxins.
Dinner should be a smaller portion than lunch, because the digestive organs function better during the day, than at night.
Sugary foods can be very damaging to a healthy digestive ecosystem.
We hope you have learned something from this essay! Contact us with any questions or comments related to digestive health!