Efficient digestion is a very important part of good health. After all, if you don’t digest food properly, you aren’t going to get nutrients to all the organs and functions in your body that rely on them. And when that happens, you’re sure to feel unwell.
Enzymes are key players in a healthy digestive system. They break down foods so that they can be absorbed and utilized by your body. It is in your best interests to give your enzymes all the help you can so that you stay healthy, strong, and resilient to disease.
You can give your enzymes a boost by making sure they can digest all different kinds of foods efficiently. Keeping in mind some basic suggestions can help you with the digestion of your food — even if you already have problems.
- Remember to chew your food well. Chewing helps to break down your food. In this way, your digestive enzymes can work more efficiently when it is time for them to go into action.
- Remember to eat your meals slowly. This gives your digestive enzymes time to do their job. When you eat slowly, food proceeds along your digestive tract in an orderly and continuous way.
- Relax after you eat. When you relax after you eat, you store a little energy. This energy can then be used for the digestive process.
- Eat small, frequent meals. Eat smaller more frequent meals during the day to help your digestion, and to promote better metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fat.
- Avoid eating large meals before bedtime. Ideally, you don’t want to eat a heavy meal within three hours of bedtime. When you sleep, it is your body’s chance to do all sorts of repair work and replenish dying cells with new ones. If you eat a big meal, your body has to use all of its resources for digestion, instead of healing the rest of you while you sleep.
- Drink lots of water. Water flushes toxins from your system, softens stools so that they can be eliminated more efficiently, and keeps you and your digestive system hydrated.
- Eat lots of raw fruits and veggies. Raw fruits and vegetables contain enzymes. So if you want to keep up your enzyme levels — especially as you age — then you’ve got to eat apples and pears, carrots, broccoli, green beans, papaya, pineapple, and all the other delicious fruits and veggies available at the grocery store.