Poor digestion can often lead to inflammation. When we are experiencing inflammation in the body one of the first areas we should focus on is our digestion.
More often than not, poor digestion is caused by low stomach acid. So increasing stomach acid is important when boosting digestion. And one of the best ways to stimulate stomach acid is the simple act of chewing. So make sure to chew, chew, chew! If you think you’ve chewed enough, chew some more! Liquid foods like smoothies should even be chewed as chewing is a signal to our bodies to get those digestive juices flowing so we have an easier time processing the food we eat, resulting in less inflammation.
Eliminate Food allergens
When our gut health is not great neither is our digestion, and this can greatly impact our overall health! Food allergens and intolerances can irritate the gut and greatly effect digestion. A great way to determine which foods may be causing a reaction is to do an elimination diet, such as the autoimmune protocol (AIP), where you temporarily eliminate common food allergens and then slowly reintroduce each food individually.
Balance gut bacteria
Gut bacteria plays a fundamental role in how well our bodies digest food. So when the gut microbiome is out of whack and not balanced, digestion can suffer. There are many things you can do to help balance gut bacteria, such as avoiding sugar, incorporating fermented foods into your diet, and supplementing with a quality probiotic.
Incorporate gut healing foods
In order to get digestion in top shape you’ve gotta heal that gut! I strongly suggest incorporating nourishing gut healing foods such as healthy fats, leafy greens, collagen, and bone broth! Bone broth is nutrient dense and filled with gut healing properties. You can drink it on its own or incorporate it into soups and stews. I personally love a good veggie bone broth soup – it’s the perfect Canadian fall/winter meal, and easy to digest to boot!
Make delicious Butternut Squash Soup.
- 4 cups chopped butternut squash, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups bone broth
- ½ medium onion
- ½ cup coconut milk, canned
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ginger powder
- pinch of cinnamon
- Add the butternut squash, bone broth, and onion to a pot over medium/
- high heat.
- Once simmering lower heat until butternut squash is tender.
- Carefully transfer the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer
- soup back into the pot.
- Mix in the coconut milk, salt, ginger, and cinnamon.
Rebecca Boucher shares tips to boost digestion, read Rebecca's health journey and find more recipes on her website: Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP.