Digestion is the process of breaking down large insoluble food molecules into nutrients that the body uses for growth, energy and cell repair. It begins in the mouth, when you chew and swallow your food, and ends when that food is eliminated.
You probably already know all of this, but what you might not know is that when it comes down to digestion, there are two key things that you really need to know. Once you have a better understanding of these two things, you’ll think differently about digestion and what you actually put into your body.
If you ask me, the world is too dependent on pharmaceuticals and medicine. There are times when these things are necessary but more often than not, medication will never heal you. Digestion is a huge component to overall health and if you aren’t digesting food properly, you expose yourself to an incredibly long list of possible ailments.
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To repair your gut health, you need to make sure that you’re digesting food properly. This starts by taking a closer look at the two main components of digestion:
1. How well you break down food and convert it into nutrition
As I mentioned above, digestion involves breaking down food into nutrients. You’ll often hear the cliché term that ‘you are what you eat.’ However, that’s not true. Better said, is that you are what you DIGEST.
Just because you eat something healthy, it doesn’t mean that you are healthy. Adding avocado to your salad is great, but if your body isn’t digesting properly, your body won’t benefit much from all of the healthy food you’ve been eating.
Digestion is many things. It’s how well you break down food, transport it, absorb the nutrients, utilize it, and eliminate it.
Digestion is vital when it comes to breaking food down into smaller molecules that the blood can absorb and then carry to cells around the body. If you aren’t digesting food properly, your body is unable to convert the food you eat into important nutrients such as carbohydrates, vitamins, fats and protein.
2. How well you eliminate waste
Eliminating waste means more than just a bowel movement. We also eliminate waste when we sweat, cough, cry, and even breathe. All of these things are vehicles to remove waste.
Your lymphatics play a huge role in this process. Your lymph nodes are like a hotel for your white blood cells. Their main role is to filter substances that travel through the lymphatic fluid. They contain lymphocytes, which help to fight things like infection and disease.
Your lymphatics are your body’s sewer system. It’s how we eliminate waste and you want your lymphatics to be moving properly. The last thing you need is for your lymphatics to be clogged up, or stuck. This happens when your body isn’t eliminating waste as well as it’s supposed to.
How to move your lymphatics
The lymphatic system is a key part of your immune system and when there’s a blockage, it prevents lymph fluid from draining well. This can lead to inflammation and things like constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn, etc.
So, how can you move your lymphatics?
Breathing properly is so important when it comes to moving your lymphatics. You need to be inhaling so that your lungs fill up and you can feel your diaphragm move toward your feet. When you exhale, think of it like you want to push the air up through the diaphragm so that it’s moving up as you exhale.
Unfortunately, most women take shallow breaths. The problem with this is that it means your lymphatics are having to work harder to remove pollution and debris from your body. So, practice taking deep breaths more often.
Be a better breather, not a heavy breather!
Lymph vessels move throughout the body when you move your body. It’s simple and even some gentle exercises and movements is enough to help move lymph more effectively. Vibration and rebounding therapies are also great ways to get things moving. It’s all about boosting the circulation of lymph so that your body can detox properly.
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