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Our digestive system is SO important for the health and functioning of our entire body. We like to think of it as the hub of our health, organising what nutrients enter our bodies to give us energy, protecting us from harmful pathogens, and communicating with our other body systems to carry out essential functions.

Here are some little things we can begin to bring our attention to, to support this vital system.

๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™ฃ'๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™  ๐™˜๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ข๐™–๐™˜๐™. โ˜•๏ธHave it after a balanced breakfast.

๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ ๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ฃ. ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ข๐™š๐™–๐™ก. ๐Ÿ™Practice mindfulness and gratitude when you eat. Take a few deep breaths before eating and give thanks to your food. When we are busy or stressed, our bodies simply do not prioritise digestion.

๐™‹๐™ง๐™ž๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™จ๐™š ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™—๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ข๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š. ๐ŸŒžEspecially after a meal, this helps with digestion.

๐˜พ๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ก ๐™—๐™ž๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ก ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™™๐™จ. โค๏ธContraceptive pills contain synthetic estrogen, which can be the cause of weight gain but also of a bloated belly.

๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ ๐™จ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ข๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™จ. ๐ŸฑWhen we don't regularly eat our blood sugar levels drop, and our body perceives this as a physical threat to our survival. More stress = worse digestion.

๐™Ž๐™ก๐™š๐™š๐™ฅ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก. ๐Ÿ˜ดWhen you are well-rested, it stimulates a more diverse microbiome and releases neurotransmitters that improve your mood. Win-win.

๐™‚๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ž๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฎ. ๐Ÿฆ This philosophy builds up beneficial gut bacteria. Super sterile tendencies aren't helpful to our gut health.

๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™œ๐™ช๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™ก๐™ฎ. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸปExercise promotes an increase in the diversity of healthy bacteria in the gut.

๐˜ผ๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ž๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ก๐™™/๐™ง๐™–๐™ฌ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ค๐™™๐™จ. ๐Ÿฅ—Our digestive system needs to work harder to break down the fibres and nutrient components of raw foods. Eating more warm, cooked foods help with our digestion.