You Are What You Digest
There is a well-known saying that “You are what you eat.” The reality is that we are what we digest and absorb. Digestion is one of the most vital processes our bodies perform. Without digestion, we would not be able to obtain the nutrients needed by the millions of cells in our bodies. We live in a fast paced world where we are sometimes forced to eat on the run, and gulp down our food. We need to be asking ourselves, are we digesting our food properly?
The first step in the digestion process is chewing. This is one of the most important steps, therefore you do not want to rush through it. Chewing breaks down your food by mincing it into smaller pieces, allowing for an easier digestion. Because this is such a demanding task for your body to perform, make sure that you are chewing properly (Mercola, 2011):
1. Take Small bites, as it is easier to chew smaller pieces of food.
2. Chew slowly, and with a steady rhythm.
3. Chew your food until it has lost all texture.
Enzymes are the next important piece of the digestion process. Enzymes assist in preventing a variety of gastrointestinal issues including: Constipation, Bloating, Cramping, Flatulence and Belching. Enzyme production decreases as we age. Therefore, we need to supplement this deficiency. At least half, and up to 85% of the foods we consume should consist of raw vegetables, fruits, sprouted grains, and raw nuts and seeds (Mercola, 2011). Some examples of these foods are listed below. In addition to these foods, you should also incorporate a broad spectrum enzyme supplement to assist in replenishing this deficiency.
Like Enzymes, Probiotics play an important role in digestion. Probiotics are good for both the overall health and well-being of your body, and in assisting your body with processing the food you eat. Many foods today are high in sugar, chemicals, and antibiotics. These ingredients destroy the healthy microbes in our gut. This increases our chances of becoming sick. Probiotics restore balance and good healthy microbes to our bodies, which in turn fight off sickness and disease (Mercola, 2011).
Try Some Bone Broth
Everyone knows that a cup of hot chicken or beef broth is soothing to sip on when you have a cold, but the benefits of bone broth go much deeper. Bone broth made from grass fed cows, healthy livestock, and chickens are very healthy and healing for a leaky gut. Bone Broth has nutrients that assist in healing and sealing your gut, promoting healthy digestion, reducing joint pain, and promoting strong healthy bones (Mercola, 2013). The best thing you could do is make a batch for yourself. Try our recipe below.
Synergy’s Bone Broth Recipe
2-3 Stalks of Organic Celery
2 Organic Carrots
1 Organic Onion Quartered
2-3 Cloves of Organic Garlic (Optional)
2 TBSP Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (Helps to extract more nutrients from the bones)
3-4 Lbs of Grass fed Beef Bones or a Combination of Beef and Free Range Chicken Bones
1 Bay Leaf or Herbs of Choice
Salt and Pepper1. Put Vegetables in the bottom of a crock pot and put bones on top of the veggies.
2. Pour filtered water in the crock pot to cover the bones and add Apple Cider Vinegar.
3. Cook on low for 24-48 hours, adding more water when necessary to keep the bones covered.
(Remove scum from top of lid once it forms).
4. Remove the bones and enjoy. Keep extra broth in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or freeze.
(You can skim the fat off the broth once in has been chilled)Hint: Pour broth into lightly oiled large muffin cup pan and freeze. Once frozen, remove frozen broth from muffin pan and keep blocks of frozen broth in a zip lock bag. Then when you want a cup of broth just take one out and reheat.* You can roast the bones and veggies before putting into crock pot for a deeper, richer flavor
Mercola. 2011. Problems With Digestion? Processed Foods Might Be To Blame. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/06/what-you-need-to-understand-about-your-digestive-system-to-improve-your-health.aspx
Mercola. 2013. Bone Broth: One of Your Most Healing Diet Staples. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/16/bone-broth-benefits.aspx