The longer food takes to pass through gut, the more harmful bacterial
Foods that help digestion are unprocessed foods, rich in fiber and healthy fat.
Why do we have problems digesting?
Assuming you are healthy and do not suffer from any disease linked to digesting, the most common problem is unbalanced or poor diet.
” Food has to travel through eight meters of intestinefrom the time it enters the mouth of an adult personuntil it comes out the other end.”
Unbalanced and poor diet is often the result of food processing.
Food industry processes original, natural occurring food in ways our body does not understand or need.
This is not what our body was made for. Foods that promote digestion are found in the garden.
Why is good digestion important?
The following paragraph is a summary of a Technical University of Denmark (DTU) study.
” “The time it takes for ingested food to travel through the human gut – also called transit time – affects the amount of harmful degradation products produced along the way. This means that transit time is a key factor in a healthy digestive system.”
“When the transit time is shorter, we find a higher amount of the substances that are produced when the colon renews its inner surface, which may be a sign of a healthier intestinal wall,” Henrik’s supervisor and professor at the National Food Institute, Tine Rask Licht, explains. “
In other words, your gut bacteria prefer to digest carbohydrates. They are easier and faster to digest.
But when there is not enough of carbohydrates, the bacteria start to break down other nutrients such as proteins.
It takes bacteria much longer to digest protein than carbohydrates.
“The longer food takes to pass through the colon,the more harmful bacterial degradationproducts are produced.”
There is connection between some of the bacterial protein by-products and the development of various diseases including colorectal cancer, chronic renal disease and autism.
Better understanding of constipation as a risk factor
Transit time and the health of gut bacterial goes hand in hand.
Repetitive or chronic constipation, can mean poor gut bacterial, which may have an impact on health.
The National Food Institute’s findings can help researchers better understand diseases where constipation is considered a risk factor, such as colorectal cancer and Parkinson’s disease as well as afflictions where constipation often occurs such as ADHD and autism.
What you can do today
The first step you should take to help your digestion is eat healthy and balanced diet. You will hear this over and over but it’s true – healthy body comes from healthy food.
Our body is an organic, natural organism.
Put in it only food you understand.
Does your food come from natural environment?
Yes? Good, keep eating it.
No? Chips does’t grow on a bush. Put it back.
Avoid processed food – empty carbohydrates, sugar, food additives, trans fats, zero fat products, zero sugar products, etc. are linked to many modern-man health problems as well as ADHD, autism, colorectal cancer and Parkinson’s.
Take time and chew your food – did you know you should chew 26-times before swallowing? Chewing food is the first step of digestion. The better you chew the easier it is to digest it in following stages.
Limit the intake of meat – I’m not suggesting you should become vegetarian. I’m asking to limit your bbq feast to two patties instead of five.
Foods to help you digest – unprocessed nuts and seeds, bran, green leafy legumes, complex carbohydrates (wholegrain pasta and bread, brown rice, etc.). Eat more water in-soluble foods, they tend to go through gut faster.
# Tip to think about – each and everyone of us has a food or two that makes them need to go. Mine, for example, are grapes and figs. I suggest you find your “poop whisperer foods” and pay attention if they help you do the job.
Healthy diet mean healthy gut.
“Read product labels.If your child or grandma does not understand it, put it back.”
Once you start reading labels you find out there are so many ingredients you have no idea how it got in you yogurt or bread or cookies. You find out you understand unprocessed food. This is what you should eat.