For instance, think of your digestive system (aka. the gut). It’s where you break down and absorb food. And if you’re not breaking down the food properly, then you’re not absorbing it and your body won’t get the nutrients (the energy) it needs. Now, if this cycle of poor digestion continues for a period of time, your body will lack the nutrition it needs and it won’t operate at its optimal level. In other words, it will lack the energy and fuel required for all chemical processes. Think about a car without fuel … without it the car doesn’t run.
So when you’re thinking about “fueling” your body, what foods you take in definitely matters.
Now, you might ask, “Okay, but how do I know what foods I should be eating?”
It’s a great question, and with all of the conflicting data out there, it can be overwhelming. So let me break it down for you.
1. Read nutritional labels. A good rule of thumb with this is if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. For instance, Monosodium glutamate. Anyone?
2. Consume probiotics – the happy gut food. For me, this one is so important because in 2012, I had three recurrences with H-Pylori and told that if I didn’t address it, I could develop into stomach cancer. Terrified, I turned to the benefits of probiotics. I learned which natural herbs and botanicals to use to support my body while replenishing the good bacteria, and the probiotics were crucial in repairing and supporting my gut and immune system.
3. Stop overeating. Whether you’re up late, wake up in the middle of the night, or are stressed out from a project you need to finish, don’t eat just to eat. Because oftentimes, we snack when the body isn’t even hungry and that doesn’t help the gut at all.