5 Steps to Good Health - Digestion

5 Steps to Good Health - Digestion

Author -  Good Health

Research has revealed that two thirds of Kiwis experience gut-related issues, but most don’t recognise these as symptoms of poor gut health (48.7%). What’s more alarming is that instead of seeking professional advice, the majority of Kiwis will opt to wait for their symptoms to pass (61.7%)*.

The digestive system is a strong yet delicate ecosystem. Every day it fights off harmful invaders, eliminates toxins and plays host to influential gut bacteria. Hippocrates famously quoted “all disease begins in the gut” and research is proving this quote to be true.

Why does digestion matter?

The gut, otherwise known as your digestive system, is such an important part of your body. It’s here that your body digests and breaks down the foods you eat and absorbs key nutrients to fuel and maintain your body — but this basic process is only possible with a healthy digestive system offering good gut flora and healthy supportive immune cells.

It’s truer than you might think: the way to your heart is through your stomach. Studies suggest a healthy gut may help support healthy cholesterol balance and cardiovascular health. On top of the obvious effects on our mood, a lack of sleep puts your body into a state where it increases the production of stress hormones, particularly cortisol. These hormones exacerbate health concerns like cardiovascular disease.

A healthy gut also communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, which supports general health and well-being. So yes, your mood may very well be linked to the bacteria, or lack of, in your gut.

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How we break down our food, absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins, has an impact on how our body stores fat and ultimately on our health and wellbeing.

 

Want to support a healthy immune system?

 

Try Good Health’s 5 Steps to better digestion:

1. Hydrate
Drink pure filtered water, green tea and/or lemon water first thing in the morning. Staying hydrated can help cleanse your body of toxins, support metabolism, clear skin, and so much more. Additional tip - hot lemon water taken each morning can help to release toxins as well as bacteria from your skin, whilst kickstarting your metabolism for the day.

2. Practice slow eating, and eating without distractions
Eating slowly - chewing your food properly without distractions will give your body time to register that you’re eating, will prepare you for proper digestion and will allow your body to hone its natural hunger cues. This will teach you to eat what your body needs, and to stop when you’re full. Put the fork down between bites, savour your food, and limit distractions when you’re eating.

3. Consider a cleanse 
Every now and then we need to kick start our digestive system, so that it can function better. A liver and bowel cleanse gives the digestive system a new platform to work from. At times when digestion may not feel comfortable or our digestive system is experiencing a lot of churning, bloating and irregularity, it is also a good idea to follow a liver and bowel cleanse with a gut rebuilding product. This is important to nourish the digestive tract with nutrients that soothe, protect and support. Once a liver and bowel cleanse are completed and this is followed up with a gut rebalance product, it is also important to maintain ongoing liver health and function, as this is a key part in the overall digestive process. For a three-step programme to support a healthier digestive system, try following our Good Gut Guide.

4. Consume whole foods as close to their natural state as possible 
Detoxifying the body doesn’t have to mean a crazy restrictive diet. By choosing whole foods, your body will be able to digest and metabolize them with ease, leaving more time for natural detoxifying to take place. Think fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season, naturally gluten-free whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, wild-caught fish, tofu, and free range and organic eggs.

In addition, consider eliminating trigger foods such as caffeine, alcohol, processed sugar, and gluten as these can wreak havoc on your digestive system, zap your body of energy, and become addictive over time. By easing up on these choices, your body will naturally improve digestion and energy levels, and will learn to crave natural whole foods instead.

5. Eat for health, not for comfort
Foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt are comforting, but that doesn’t mean you should give into your cravings just because it’s cold outside. It’s easy to let comfort take priority when it’s dark and miserable, but maintaining your healthy eating habits will not only give you a head start come summertime, it’ll give your immune system the support it needs too. That means more healthy carbohydrates (sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables), protein (tofu and fish) and less processed foods containing fat and sugar.

 

If you need additional support for gut healing and healthy bowel movements, try incorporating one of the following Good Health products into your supplement routine:

Gut Guard
At times when digestion may not feel comfortable or our digestive system is experiencing a lot of churning, bloating and irregularity, it is also a good idea to follow a liver and bowel cleanse with a gut rebuilding product. This is important to nourish the digestive tract with nutrients that soothe, protect and support. Gut Guard supports your digestive system to rebalance, protecting the gastrointestinal lining, supporting digestive function and uses a prebiotic to nourish good bacteria.

Multi Fibre
Fibre has always been synonymous with ‘being regular’ but it is also protective against bowel disorders and heart disease. To support regular bowel function and digestive discomfort, try Multi Fibre for a gentle yet effective formula that works naturally to support the body’s cleansing process.

Liver Tonic 17500
It is important to support ongoing liver health and function, as this is a key part in the overall digestive process. Liver support herbs support continual gentle detox and digestion, making the digestive function of the body a whole lot easier, while ensuring that nutrients from our food are processed properly. Continue to protect and support your liver health with Good Health Liver Tonic 17500, combining the potent liver protecting and traditionally cleansing herb Milk Thistle with a comprehensive blend of herbs and nutrients to create an effective herbal liver tonic.

 

To learn more about supporting your gut health, here are some additional helpful resources from the health and wellness experts at Good Health: 

Managing Mood through Digestive Support
The Good Health Good Gut Guide
Tips to Reduce Bloating
Gut Health – Top Three Influences

 

 

Click below to view full PDF

 

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*In a nationally representative survey conducted by Pureprofile from 6 – 10 September 2021, 1,005 New Zealanders aged eighteen and over reflected on the state of their gut health.

 

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Good Health, Auckland. TAPS PP8904

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5 Steps to Good Health - Digestion

Research has revealed that two thirds of Kiwis experience gut-related issues, but most don’t recognise these as symptoms of poor gut health (48.7%). What’s more alarming is that instead of seeking professional advice, the majority of Kiwis will opt to wait for their symptoms to pass (61.7%)*. The digestive system is a strong yet delicate ecosystem. Every day it fights off harmful invaders, eliminates toxins and plays host to influential gut bacteria. Hippocrates famously quoted “all disease begins in the gut” and research is proving this quote to be true.

Why does digestion matter?

The gut, otherwise known as your digestive system, is such an important part of your body. It’s here that your body digests and breaks down the foods you eat and absorbs key nutrients to fuel and maintain your body — but this basic process is only possible with a healthy digestive system offering good gut flora and healthy supportive immune cells.

It’s truer than you might think: the way to your heart is through your stomach. Studies suggest a healthy gut may help support healthy cholesterol balance and cardiovascular health. On top of the obvious effects on our mood, a lack of sleep puts your body into a state where it increases the production of stress hormones, particularly cortisol. These hormones exacerbate health concerns like cardiovascular disease.

A healthy gut also communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, which supports general health and well-being. So yes, your mood may very well be linked to the bacteria, or lack of, in your gut.

5-Steps-All-Digestion.jpg


How we break down our food, absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins, has an impact on how our body stores fat and ultimately on our health and wellbeing.

 

Want to support a healthy immune system?

 

Try Good Health’s 5 Steps to better digestion:

1. Hydrate
Drink pure filtered water, green tea and/or lemon water first thing in the morning. Staying hydrated can help cleanse your body of toxins, support metabolism, clear skin, and so much more. Additional tip - hot lemon water taken each morning can help to release toxins as well as bacteria from your skin, whilst kickstarting your metabolism for the day.

2. Practice slow eating, and eating without distractions
Eating slowly - chewing your food properly without distractions will give your body time to register that you’re eating, will prepare you for proper digestion and will allow your body to hone its natural hunger cues. This will teach you to eat what your body needs, and to stop when you’re full. Put the fork down between bites, savour your food, and limit distractions when you’re eating.

3. Consider a cleanse 
Every now and then we need to kick start our digestive system, so that it can function better. A liver and bowel cleanse gives the digestive system a new platform to work from. At times when digestion may not feel comfortable or our digestive system is experiencing a lot of churning, bloating and irregularity, it is also a good idea to follow a liver and bowel cleanse with a gut rebuilding product. This is important to nourish the digestive tract with nutrients that soothe, protect and support. Once a liver and bowel cleanse are completed and this is followed up with a gut rebalance product, it is also important to maintain ongoing liver health and function, as this is a key part in the overall digestive process. For a three-step programme to support a healthier digestive system, try following our Good Gut Guide.

4. Consume whole foods as close to their natural state as possible 
Detoxifying the body doesn’t have to mean a crazy restrictive diet. By choosing whole foods, your body will be able to digest and metabolize them with ease, leaving more time for natural detoxifying to take place. Think fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season, naturally gluten-free whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, wild-caught fish, tofu, and free range and organic eggs.

In addition, consider eliminating trigger foods such as caffeine, alcohol, processed sugar, and gluten as these can wreak havoc on your digestive system, zap your body of energy, and become addictive over time. By easing up on these choices, your body will naturally improve digestion and energy levels, and will learn to crave natural whole foods instead.

5. Eat for health, not for comfort
Foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt are comforting, but that doesn’t mean you should give into your cravings just because it’s cold outside. It’s easy to let comfort take priority when it’s dark and miserable, but maintaining your healthy eating habits will not only give you a head start come summertime, it’ll give your immune system the support it needs too. That means more healthy carbohydrates (sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables), protein (tofu and fish) and less processed foods containing fat and sugar.

 

If you need additional support for gut healing and healthy bowel movements, try incorporating one of the following Good Health products into your supplement routine:

Gut Guard
At times when digestion may not feel comfortable or our digestive system is experiencing a lot of churning, bloating and irregularity, it is also a good idea to follow a liver and bowel cleanse with a gut rebuilding product. This is important to nourish the digestive tract with nutrients that soothe, protect and support. Gut Guard supports your digestive system to rebalance, protecting the gastrointestinal lining, supporting digestive function and uses a prebiotic to nourish good bacteria.

Multi Fibre
Fibre has always been synonymous with ‘being regular’ but it is also protective against bowel disorders and heart disease. To support regular bowel function and digestive discomfort, try Multi Fibre for a gentle yet effective formula that works naturally to support the body’s cleansing process.

Liver Tonic 17500
It is important to support ongoing liver health and function, as this is a key part in the overall digestive process. Liver support herbs support continual gentle detox and digestion, making the digestive function of the body a whole lot easier, while ensuring that nutrients from our food are processed properly. Continue to protect and support your liver health with Good Health Liver Tonic 17500, combining the potent liver protecting and traditionally cleansing herb Milk Thistle with a comprehensive blend of herbs and nutrients to create an effective herbal liver tonic.

 

To learn more about supporting your gut health, here are some additional helpful resources from the health and wellness experts at Good Health: 

Managing Mood through Digestive Support
The Good Health Good Gut Guide
Tips to Reduce Bloating
Gut Health – Top Three Influences

 

 

Click below to view full PDF

 

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*In a nationally representative survey conducted by Pureprofile from 6 – 10 September 2021, 1,005 New Zealanders aged eighteen and over reflected on the state of their gut health.

 

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Good Health, Auckland. TAPS PP8904

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