Today I want to talk to you about Digestion, and the significant role it plays in not only weight loss, but in so many illnesses and disease.
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Our digestive system is where our nutrients get assimilated and absorbed (or not.) And I say ‘or not’ because if our digestive system isn’t functioning well, then we’re not absorbing all of the nutrients we’re taking in. This is where you often see someone deficient in a nutrient, even though they consume plenty of it.
Some signs that you may have an imbalance in your digestive system include: headaches, bowel issues like constipation or diarrhea or a combination of both, bloating & gas, especially after eating, depression, being overweight, bad breath and low energy. It can also cause you to feel unwell and uncomfortable after eating. You may also have been diagnosed as having IBS by a doctor.
An underactive digestive system can also promote weight gain and inhibits fat loss. When the body becomes over-toxic, it works inefficiently, slowing down the elimination process.
The immune system and other vital functions also begin to slow down.
I suffered for years with digestive issues like bloating and not feeling well after eating, and every doctor I saw chalked it up to IBS. It wasn’t until I started studying nutrition that I recognized that what I had was an underactive stomach and I needed to work on supporting my digestive system, so I could be free from the discomfort and bloating every time I ate.
The good news is, there are ways to support your digestive system, which will help with weight loss and help you to feel better.
I’m going to share a few of the tips that helped me the most:
Digestive system issues are one of the most common underlying problems that people have, and are a common reason why women are unable to lose weight easily.
When I do individual assessments with clients, digestive issues are often easily uncovered.
In light of Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve decided to offer a Thanksgiving special on my 3-month wellness plan until Thanksgiving Monday. I’ve included the link at the bottom of this page.
One of my favourite ways to work with clients is 1:1, where I can sit down with them either in person or via Skype and do a complete assessment with them. Since everyone one of us is unique with our own specific needs, health status and comfort level, a complete assessment allows me to make more personalized recommendations, and I can detect any system imbalances that may be present while working at the clients’ pace, with their goals, likes and dislikes in mind.
We can then work on supporting those system imbalances, so that they will no longer be in the way of them achieving their goals.
If you’re wondering if a personalized assessment might be right for you, but you’re not sure, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat about it and see if it’s right for you.
I hope you have a fabulous and healthy day.
May Anne xo
A healthy digestive system is the key to overall health, and participating in regular exercise will help improve digestion and elimination.
Different types of exercise can play different roles in the body. While cardiovascular exercise strengthens the muscles of the abdomen and stimulates the intestinal muscles to move contents through the digestive system, extreme exercise like running can actually cause negative effects on the body.
So, to help support Digestion, choose light to moderate exercise that increases heart rate and breathing, which will also help produce more efficient bowel movements.
Today's challenge - if you have the option, why not take the stairs up and down a few times today instead of the elevator or park the car extra far away from the store? Every little step counts - literally :)
May Anne xo
May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.