Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Part Against Obesity

Know your digestion dos and don’ts.

Hopefully, by now it has become clear to you that however healthy your diet is, if your digestion is poor you won’t be getting the nutrients you need to boost your metabolism and shift excess weight.

If you’re drinking a glass of lemon juice water every morning and following the principles of the Lemon Juice Diet, your digestion will have already improved, but to give it that final push incorporate the following tips into your diet and lifestyle:

Chew it over: If you don’t chew your food properly you give more work to the rest of the system, which puts it under stress.

How you eat: Put your knife and fork down between mouthfuls and take your time. How you eat is as important as what you eat for a healthy digestion.

Don’t sweat the small stuff: Your stomach and intestines are very sensitive to stress, and when you feel anxious your digestion shuts down to help your body focus on preparing the flight-and-fight response.

Never eat when you’re angry: It is also important to eat in a relaxed and calm state. A happy and calm vibe improves digestion. Don’t eat when you are tired: Never eat when very tired or mentally or physically fatigued.

Never eat within three hours of bedtime. Your body needs to be resting not digesting.Turn off the TV: You won’t be concentrating on your food and you are likely to eat way too much. Overeating will make your heart pump harder and your stomach will be overworked in attempting to digest the excess food.

Give it 20 minutes: If you have finished your meal and still feel hungry, wait 20 minutes before eating more. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to catch up with your stomach and recognize that you are full.

Be active: Regular aerobic activity -- at least 30 minutes of any activity that makes you feel slightly breathless and sweaty, five or six days a week -- helps stimulate the muscles of the digestive system, enabling you to digest food better and expel waste more efficiently.

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