Kelly Cullen, ND
1. Eat Slowly
60% of your amylase is located in your mouth. Amylase is the enzyme that helps to digest carbohydrates. Eating slowly and chewing your food well assists your body in the digestion, assimilation and absorption of food.
2. Make Sure You're Regular
Being "regular" means having between 2 and 4 bowel movements a day. Every bowel movement is expelling toxins, which is extremely important for overall health. If you're constipated, try eating around 30 grams of fiber a day, drinking half of your weight in ounces of water a day, and move your body every day. Walking is a great way to get things moving!
3. Consume Probiotics
Whether you're taking a probiotic supplement, or consuming probiotic-rich foods like fermented vegetables or yogurt, balancing the "good bacteria" in the gut is essential for overall digestive health.
4. Digestive Enzymes
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