Optimizing your digestion

Optimizing your digestion

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We have previously talked about the importance of digestion. If you have not yet read this article, you will find it here.. In the article you are reading now I would like to elaborate on this topic. Because, as I mentioned in the previous article, digestion is much more important than many people realize. When your body cannot properly break down and absorb the food you consume, you can do much less with it than it could potentially. Then it may also mess up a few things for you, because undigested food can put a lot of stress on the intestines.

Digestion is not an isolated thing either. Few people are aware of it, but the intestines greatly influence our body, both physically and mentally. In addition, our intestines are in turn greatly influenced by lifestyle and body. It is clear that this can lead to a downward spiral in which it is no longer clear what influences what, but in which it is clear that the complaints are very annoying!

In this article I want to show you more about this complex, but interesting story. You will also learn how to optimize your digestion!

Problems with your digestion: the causes

Problems with digestion can of course be because you are allergic or intolerant to certain foods or because you simply eat too much. For example, I often see myself and customers at the end of a bulk that there are more problems with digestion of food. Think of a bloated stomach, a lot of gas, an uncomfortable feeling and constipation.

In addition, we sometimes see such problems recur with women regularly depending on their period. These inconveniences are not 'just like that'. There is really a lot to do in terms of optimization. In the near future, the ladies can expect a lot about this and from this angle. I can advise you to keep an eye on this when you encounter these inconveniences, because there is a very nice collaboration coming up.

However, the list doesn't end there. The factors that I want to talk to you about in this article may not seem to have anything to do with these complaints at first, but they can definitely solve them!

Training and unloading

The first important factor to keep an eye on is, yes, training. We've talked about it in so many articles, but training is stress and if you just do something, there is a chance that you will do the same thing for too long at some point. When the body does not recover from this, purely because the stimulus is no longer trainable, or due to other preconditions, inflammation can develop. This can have consequences for your physical, but certainly also your digestion.

Did the problems you experience start recently and if so, did you happen to make recent changes to your training program or was the previous program extreme? Perhaps it is good to have one deload to set up.

Perhaps you pack too much volume, or your diet is not well adapted to the stimulus you want or intend to train.


Always that stress and sleep

From this follows the following point: stress. We discussed training stress, but life itself also consists of stress. As you know from previous articles is stress not bad, but uncontrolled and long-term stress. Not only physical, but also mental stress can, among other things, make your hormone balance quite upset.

There are supplements that can help manage stress, but it can also be very wise to prioritize this in terms of lifestyle. Both for absorption and digestion of food, as well as for recovery, as for your physical and mental progression and condition. In recent months I have started to focus more on the mental aspect with my clients and I literally see more results with less. I regularly post information about this on my Instagram.

Find out what gives you stress and what you can do about it, or find someone who can help you optimize it! Sleep is also perfectly in line with this. It is not for nothing that I have already spent many words dirty on sleep and sleep deprivation;

Sleep. Affects. Everything. From recovery, to muscle growth, to your life expectancy, to your chance of Alzheimer's, to the chance of injuries, to even how well food is digested. So if your sleep is not optimal, your first priority should be to improve it.

You don't guess ... nutrition

Hell yes. One of the things that can affect the digestion of food is food itself.

We've been talking about allergies or intolerances for a while, but it goes further than that. The more additives there are in food, the more ingredients that can potentially affect your stomach, intestines and bacteria in your intestines. An imbalance of the different bacterial colonies in your intestines (you may remember the effects of antibiotics) can have very unpleasant consequences. Each type of bacteria has its own preference for food.

Apart from all the other reasons we can come up with for going for fresh, unprocessed food, this is certainly one. And no, I'm not saying that you should only eat unprocessed food. However, it is wise to give your body what it needs and that goes beyond just proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Incidentally, research even suggests that the bacteria in your gut somehow communicate with your brain and affect your cravings. Do you eat a lot of junk food? Then bacteria that go well here will indirectly increase your appetite for junk food. Do you eat a lot of vegetables, fruit and good quality food? Then you will find these foods better. Choose yourself!

Dear Diary…

If the problems persist, it may be wise to keep a diary in which you record which complaints you have and what you eat when. In this way it can be quite easy to discover a pattern of which foods seem to trigger certain complaints.

When this is not enough, an elimination diet is an option. However, this takes a lot of time, but you should never just accept permanent inconveniences or complaints in your life.

You change your diet completely and then check how the complaints are after a certain period of time. If they are less, you slowly start to implement 'old' foods again in a logical way. This way you discover what causes the complaints.

Of course it is also possible to have an extensive test with regard to intolerances and allergies. However, this is not 100% accurate and costs considerably more money.


Supplements and digestion

In addition to nutrition, it is also wise to look at the quality of your supplements. Choose a brand that guarantees quality and don't always think only about your wallet. As with many things in life, cheap is often expensive.

Adding fiber (supplements) in your diet can certainly be of added value. In addition to the fact that fiber binds certain toxins and bile and thus helps with its excretion, some fibers are also perfect food for the good bacteria in your intestines.

Health (and digestion) above all else

As I explained at the beginning, this can be a pretty complex topic to sort out, but there is potentially extremely much to be gained. In addition, no one has ever achieved lesser results by putting health first.

Take your time for this and in the longer term this investment will pay off multiple times.

If you can't figure it out, feel free to send me a DM on Instagram. I would be happy to help you!

This blog is written by

Jan Willem van der Klis

"My focus is on obtaining and disseminating the best possible knowledge to optimize training and nutrition"

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