Poor digestive health can cause uncomfortable symptoms after eating – such as bloating, gas, stomach pain and reflux.
Eating should be an enjoyable experience, nourishing your body with nutritious foods that taste great, and leave your body feeling energised and ready to go! Unfortunately, poor digestion can really interfere with this, and make eating an uncomfortable task. Experiencing painful bloating, gas or reflux after eating is not normal, but it is relatively common in todays world. Poor gut health negatively effects our ability to break down and absorb the nutrients from our food, luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to restore your gut health and improve your digestion as a result!
How Probiotics Can Improve Your Gut Health & Digestion
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are good bacteria that populate inside your gut to restore balance. Having a healthy gut environment is essential for good digestion, since the bacteria in your gut help to breakdown and absorb nutrients. Be careful when choosing a probiotic, as some are much better than others. The probiotic in our Plant Power Protein is temperature and acid resistant, meaning it can be stored at room temperature (not in the fridge), and will not be damaged by your stomach acid during digestion.
How Do Probiotics Improve Digestion?
Probiotics improve gut health via increasing the number of good/beneficial bacteria present inside the gut. Having an abundant and diverse population of good bacteria has many significant health benefits, digestion being one of those. A healthy population of gut bacteria makes it a lot easier for your body to process and digest the food you eat, resulting in less discomfort, bloating and gas production. Probiotic supplements are a very simple way to upgrade your digestion and make eating a much more enjoyable experience!
Plant Protein Is Easier To Digest
Some people find that traditional protein powders (i.e. whey, casein etc) can be tough on their digestion, and leave them feeling heavy or sluggish. This may in part be due to the fact that some people are mildly intolerant to dairy and dairy products, but may also be related to the fact that proteins like whey are very fast digesting – meaning a LOT of protein is being processed by the body in one go, which can be taxing on the digestive system. Plant-based proteins (e.g. pea protein) can often be better tolerated by those people with sensitive digestion. Pea protein is slower digesting than whey protein, allowing your digestive system more time to process the protein effectively. Plant-based proteins are also dairy-free, and free from common allergens such as gluten, soy and lactose – making them the ideal choice for anyone with food allergies or a sensitive stomach!
Other Tips For Great Digestion!
- Eat Lots of Prebiotic Containing Fibres
PRE-bioitcs are the food that the good bacteria inside your gut bacteria feed on! To exert their beneficial effects, the bacteria need these prebiotics to feed them. Prebiotics are types of fibre (found in plants i.e. fruits, veggies, legumes) that humans are unable to digest. While we are unable to break down these fibres, the bacteria in our gut can, making them an important part of our dietary intake! The best sources of prebiotics are legumes (beans, peas), oats, bananas, onions, garlic, leek, berries, and many more high fibre foods. Increasing you intake of foods high in fibre and prebiotics is a great way to improve your gut health and assist the process of digestion!
- Slow Down, and Calm Down!
One of the worst things we can do for our digestion is to consume food too quickly! Mindless eating often results in digestive discomfort, since food is not given enough time to be chewed thoroughly, and to slowly be delivered into the stomach. Take time to sit down and pay attention when you are eating. Try not to be distracted by technology, as this commonly leads to overeating or eating too fast – which results in discomfort and poor digestion. Reducing stress is also key for good digestion. When your body is stressed, you are in ‘fight or flight mode’, where your body directs its focus to areas associated with escaping from dangerous situations. When we are calm and relaxed, our body is in ‘rest and digest mode’, where the focus is on digestion, and other basic tasks that keep our body running! Stress can wreck havoc on our digestion, so take the time to relax before you sit down to eat!