A slow and indigestion , for some, may represent normality, but this annoying and, in some cases, disabling disorder, can be combated through small dietary strategies. Let’s see them together!
What is digestion
By ” digestion” we mean the entire physiological process that allows us to break down the foods we introduce into smaller parts.
This process begins in the mouth and ends in the intestine , from which the small molecules thus obtained will be absorbed to enter the bloodstream and be transported to specific areas of the body.
Causes of poor digestion
Digestion is a very laborious process , which involves the involvement of different regions of the gastrointestinal system, organs and enzymes. Not only that, this process can be more or less difficult based on various factors and health conditions.
Among the factors that negatively affect digestion, we find:
- Eat quickly;
- eating excessively large and / or high-fat meals;
- incorrect nutrition;
- food allergies or intolerances;
- overweight and obesity;
- irritable bowel syndrome ;
- gastroesophageal reflux ;
- Helicobacter pylori infection ;
- dysfunction of the liver and / or pancreas ;
- consumption of certain drugs or antibiotics;
- imbalance of the intestinal microbiota ;
- sedentary lifestyle;
- poor hydration ;
- stress, anxiety, agitation and mood disorders .
Foods that promote digestion
Once you have ascertained, thanks to the support of your doctor, that there are no pathologies or specific health disorders at the basis of dyspepsia ( poor digestion ), in case of slow and difficult digestion, you can resort to the regular consumption of some foods that favor the digestive process.
Here are some of them:
- Yogurt or kefir ;
- tempeh and fermented products ;
- fennel ;
- chia seeds ;
- papaya ;
- whole grains ;
- ginger ;
- mint .
Useful supplements for the digestive function
When changing some habits such as nutrition and physical activity is not enough to improve the condition of dyspepsia, you can resort to the help of food supplements that promote digestion .
Enzyformula by Guna is a food supplement formulated with an enzymatic mixture and plant extracts that are conveyed with “ gastro-resistant differentiated release ” technology for an action aimed at the different phases of the digestive process.
Among its active components we find:
- Enzymatic blend of Amylase, Bromelain, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase and Papain ;
- Fumitory : plant extract useful for the digestive and hepatobiliary function and for the purification of the organism;
- Fillanto : plant extract that contributes to the metabolism of carbohydrates, to liver function and to the urinary tract;
- Vitamin PP : useful for the physiological maintenance of mucous membranes;
- Turmeric : plant extract, with antioxidant properties;
- Superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme complex from melon juice , with antioxidant properties.
Enzyformula is gluten-free and naturally lactose-free , therefore, also suitable for celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and lactose intolerance.
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