Are You Being Good to Your Gut?
As we get older, we need to trust our gut. Really. There’s a difference between good gut feelings and painful ones, such as heart burn, indigestion and constipation. During this time of life, your body’s need for certain nutrients goes up...but, perhaps you’ve noticed, your tolerance for certain foods goes down. Did you know that the digestive tract is considered our second brain!? 90% of the bodies seratonin and 70% of our immune systems are produced in our gut!
The keys to eating are two words: smaller and slower. But before we can truly understand why we need to eat differently, it helps to know a little bit more about why your gut behaves differently as we age.
1. The stomach shrinks. As we age, there is a decrease in what is called “gastrointestinal reserve.” In other words, our stomach muscle is less stretchable (can’t hold as much food) and the intestines lose strength (food moves more slowly). No more bingeing and gorging like a teenager, your gut just can’t take it.
2. Acid refluxes. The muscular valve that keeps the food in your stomach and prevents it from being regurgitated back into the esophagus becomes weaker. When we eat too much too fast, we get that “burny” sensation and irritate that sensitive lining of the esophagus.
3. Digestion slows. As we grow older, our intestinal function, saliva production, and stomach emptying all slow down.
4. Nutrient absorption slows. The normal folds of the intestine get flatter as we ageand decreases the absorption surface, which may cause the intestines to be less able to absorb nutrients.
5. Garbage disposal weakens. Once your large intestine disposes of waste, any remains toxins from the digestive process head to the backup disposal, your liver. Your liver has a lot of reserve, but as you age its reserve decreases. Too much garbage (junky or excess food) clogs your disposal system.
6. Metabolism slows. As we age, we become calorie storers instead of calorie burners. Less fuel burned means less food needed. A couple of key supplements to support your digestion include a probiotic, PB Assist and Terrazyme digestive enzymes. This dynamic duo helps to support good stomach flora, as well as break down what we do consume.
The key to digestive bliss is small, frequent mini- meals, which will keep your body satisfied—neither hungry, nor uncomfortably full.
Be kind to your gut as you’re making changes to your diet! Add things gradually and make the overall adjustment gentler. Your gut will thank you for it!
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