You’ve probably heard that you need to eat more fiber but you may not even know where to start. How much do you need? What foods have fiber? What is fiber? There’s so much to know! Let me help clarify things for you:
You’ve grown up eating food your entire life. But chances are you were never taught how to truly eat properly. To get even more benefit from your nutrition, here’s five quick tips you can use to truly eat properly:
Eat until you are comfortably full, not stuffed. Eating slowly allows your normal feedback mechanism to kick in, telling your body to stop eating before it’s overfilled.
This helps to break down into smaller pieces and mix saliva into them to start the breakdown process where it’s meant to start. Chew your food well until it’s in small, soft pieces. Watch your digestion improve with this one simple tip alone.
Even liquid calories need to have saliva mixed into them to break them down properly. Anytime you drink foods such as smoothies, soups or coffee, make sure you chew them or swish them around your mouth. This mixes the important enzymes in your...
By being able to do all the stages of digestion well, you’ll be more likely to have adequate nutrient production. Your GI tract produces all kinds of nutrients and neurotransmitters such as serotonin. We are learning new information every day about what role the gut plays!
Your GI tract is part of building a healthy immune system and is very connected to mental health. Your gut produces between 70-90% of the serotonin in your body, which helps with mood, well-being, and happiness. If you want to have good mental health, improving your digestion is a great place to start.
Dylan is a young 26 year old who has severe bipolar disorder with mixed symptoms of depression and mania. Due to the type of bipolar disorder he has, it has been a challenge to find a medication that works consistently for him. As a result, he often needs medication changes and is rarely able to find a balance between his bipolar symptoms and the medication side effects.
When Dylan is manic, he is super...
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