Digestion is not the same as metabolism. You may think good metabolism means you don’t gain weight. Well maybe, if your body is breaking down the food you consume effectively. If that’s the case and you are making good food choices then you should be able to maintain a stable and good weight.
Digestion is how your body breaks down food in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and then eliminates the food waste through the intestines.
Metabolism is how your body digests or breaks down what it ingests and effectively uses the nutrients for energy and functioning of your body.
You must digest your food before you can metabolize it.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “you are what you eat or what you digest”?
And maybe you’ve even heard: It’s often not what you’re eating but rather what’s eating you, as I mentioned in my book Skinny Jeans Lifestyle.
I’ll take it a little further here, you are not only digesting your food but also your thoughts and emotions every day. In the ancient Indian form of medicine called Ayurveda it is believed that your digestion is everything!
You will not be well if your digestion is impaired.
There are several way to ensure this first off make sure you eat in a restful state. Avoid standing, reading, watching TV, having a heated conversation but rather be present, pay attention and simply enjoy your meal.
In ancient cultures eating food was considered a sacred activity. There was an inherent respect for the food you were eating.
Here are a 7 Quick Tips you can improve your digestion today:
- Eat when you’re calm
- Eat at regular times
- Eat diverse foods – colors, textures, etc.
- Eat slowly
- Make sure its hunger you have and not thirst
- Eat early in the day – dinner eaten between 4-6
- Sit and eat in a relaxed environment not on the run
Slow down and enjoy nature’s bounty!