Saturday, December 10, 2022

Food, one of the keys to well-being

Rethinking our diet while adding food consciously is one step in improving our well-being.

choose how and what we eat; And chewing slowly is key because as what we eat becomes part of our body, it will form our cells, skin, and each of our organs. Many people believe that eating is only to satisfy hunger, ignoring the benefits of proper nutrition.

Some people—whether due to lack of time or habit—generally eat quickly and do not chew food because they want to continue with their activity.

And this is a serious mistake: chewing It is directly linked to the brain, so you have to be more alert because, in addition, poor digestion threatens two basic human needs: good humor and good sleep.

Wellbeing linked to the digestive system

We all want to feel good, be in a good mood, but even if we want to, it is closely related to food.

Diarrhea and constipation should also be given importance. Communities of good and bad bacteria live in our gut, as well as parasites, fungi, viruses and neurons (this is the so-called enteric nervous system of 100 million neurons), while bacteria also live in the brain.

Bacteria and neurons communicate and when there is inflammation in the intestines, they threaten good health. What we used to call the intestinal flora, today with more research and knowledge is called microbiota,

People who suffer from inflammation should consider eating an anti-inflammatory diet.

The most famous are the Mediterranean and the Japanese because they consume a lot of fish and put an emphasis on vegetables by excluding processed and refined foods, as well as consuming less red meat. It is important to avoid raw leafy vegetables.

Some recommendations for good digestion include:

  • It is beneficial to drink two or three glasses of water at natural temperature to start the day and before breakfast. It helps to eliminate the toxins that still remain in the body.
  • Some people drink water with lemon juice, which is also recommended, but it is convenient to drink lemon juice with sorbet so as not to damage the tooth enamel.
  • It is necessary to give twelve hours between the last meal of the day and the first meal in the morning. If they are not used to it, you can start with 8 hours of fasting. This frees the body from daily activities and gives rest to our organs.
  • If we eat raw vegetables, especially with a garnish of leaves, I recommend giving two hours before eating fruits, it also contributes to better digestion.
  • When eating red meat, it’s best to start with a plate of salad, preferably green.
  • People who are suffering from discomfort or bloating in the stomach can start with a light salad without leaves. They should also avoid potatoes as they tend to ferment and cause discomfort later on and they should avoid or reduce their intake of raw leafy vegetables.
  • Avoid starches (potatoes and pasta) with red meat as it is more laborious on the digestive system.
  • Along with leafy vegetables, flax, sesame or any other seed may be better tolerated when mixed and consumed in the form of juice.

Another relevant point is Food allergies and intolerances, We need to know which foods trigger an allergic reaction (itchy eyes or ears, itching, hives, rhinitis, etc.). Feather celiac disease -Gluten Intolerance- We should keep in mind that not consuming so much white flour even though we are not celiac contributes to our good health. Whole grains, corn, cassava, are buckwheat flours that are completely supplanted by wheat flours that contain gluten.

to the extent that these recommendations become a part of our lives, that is, become habitsThe body will find its balance and provide us with a great deal of wellness.

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