Digestion isn’t the most glamorous of subjects, but by god its an important one. Digestion determines how your food makes it into the body. How efficient this process is will dictate how well your food is assimilated and used.
Having good or bad digestion may not seem that important at face value, but it could be having subtle effects that fly under the radar. Mood and energy are just a couple of factors affected by how well you are able to draw nourishment from that meal you have just eaten.
Isn’t it great when you have abundant energy and are feeling fly? Being happy, motivated and energetic makes it so much easier to tackle your goals and pursue your ambitions. You wake up every morning hungry to push yourself forwards, floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. Interactions are energising and you can almost reach out and grab that version of yourself that you envision. You are honing in on that goal of making more money, of travelling to far away lands, of securing that next set of clients.
Why cant everyday be like this?
You cant always guarantee amazing days. But, You can ensure that you wake up feeling MORE energised and MORE motivated by taking a look at your digestion.
Greens are some of the most powerful and nutrient DANK foods around. Their deep green colours signify a rich bounty of supportive nutrients to get you tanked for the day. Get these allies on board daily and you’re winning.
Greens support digestion in many ways. Here are a few:
Magnesium a plenty lies in leafy greens. It is an essential mineral which provides a smooth flowing nature to the body. It acts to relax the muscles of the body, such as those of the digestive system. This creates better flows in digestion and prevents against stagnation.
No food overstays its welcome when magnesium is around. This allows an open road for the next meal to be properly absorbed.
Greens are a great source of fibre. It helps keep the digestive tract clear and assists in the absorption of other nutrients to maximise nourishment. Fibre is also a prebiotic, which promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria are like builders. Keep them productive with plenty of fibre and they will maximise the use of the nutrients to promote great energy and a good mood.
Without enough fibre, you bet you can become bogged down from slow flowing traffic and clogged pipes. Having fibre around ensures you are getting your monies worth from every bite.
Watch your fibre intake if you have particularly sensitive digestion. Too much can actually hinder your digestion.
Polyphenols are micronutrients that support healthy digestion as antioxidants and bacterial allies. Some foods, toxicity and stress can have an inflammatory effect on the digestive tract. This means that your digestive system is not able to draw optimal nourishment from the meal you eat when inflamed.
Antioxidants act as anti-inflamatories to calm things down in the digestive tract. Polyphenols also have a supportive effect on the bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. These bacteria act to enhance gut barrier function, and prevent diarrhea and allergies.
Greens like Spinach and Broccoli pack more Vitamin C that citrus fruit, thats right! Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, keeping inflammation at bay. Vitamin C also helps keep the tissues of your digestive tract healthy. It does this by supporting the action of collagen, a protein which is part of the connective tissue in the digestive tract. Solid digestive foundations enables a healthy surface for the exchange of nutrients.
A great way to get your greens on the go, and is also handy for when you want to give the digestive system a break. Juices also keep a good deal of soluble fibre within the water content of the greens.
Quick and foolproof a salad can be an easy way to fill your body with supportive nutrients. Use a variety of leafy greens in a salad to mix things up. The insoluble fibre found in leafy greens supports healthy digestion and keeps the pipes clean for a light and energised feeling.
A great breakfast option, a smoothie is a light yet fulfilling way to start the day. Easily assimilated, a smoothie saves that digestive energy to keep you charged throughout the morning. A banana or avocado with your choice of milk serves as a great base and makes drinking greens a lot more palatable. Add in a little fruit, maybe a little protein powder and you’re ready to go attack the day.
A great side option for a meal is to Sauté your greens. This makes greens super tasty as they are often fried in butter or coconut oil. Throw in a little garlic and you have some decadent greens as a mean side dish for your meal. This option accompanies meats well and compliments their digestion by providing alkalinity to the mix.
Steaming is one of the most effective means of cooking, preserving much of the original nutrient content. Place your greens in a steamer, leave and return 5-10 minutes later. This is a great option for when you have had a rough day and don’t want to sweat it in the kitchen. Add some fresh herbs, a little ginger, maybe some olive oil and you’re golden.
A stir fry is a time friendly and delicious way to consume greens. Throw in any additional vegetables and meats to accompany your greens, maybe a few spices with a little ginger. Enjoy in 15 minutes or less start to finish.
Varying the way you consume your greens will mean that you are getting an even spread of nutrients. Its healthy to mix up the consumption of raw veg with a little cooked to get a full nutrient profile in your diet.
Popular Sources of Greens
- Romaine Lettuce
- Pak Choi