by Ashley Koff RD, CEO, TheBetterNutritionProgram
When asked about resilience, how my patients handle life’s challenges, my response is always: they learn resilience begins within. Doing a “gut check,” having “the guts,” feeling “gutted” but moving forward, our expressions remind us that your digestion – your guts – needs to be working better in order for you to have the guts to get up and keep going.
How do I know if my guts are in good shape?
Your body sends you signals all the time, the question is if you are listening. Resilience begins within our bodies where our digestion needs to review, process, absorb, eliminate or send alarms about what it gets. When your digestion shuts down (not going), blows up (bloats), sends things the wrong way (reflux), smells awful (putrification) these signals are like the check engine light going on in your car. The body wants you to prioritize its digestive efforts ASAP.
You should see if your digestion is better using the Better Nutrition Digestive Evaluation – a quick quiz to take quarterly or at least once a year and to share your results with your practitioner(s). It’s the only tool that looks at all areas of digestion and what could be impacting yours, and its an easy quiz!
You can’t be resilient or achieve any better health goal without better digestion! The nutrients your digestion requires to run better help turn off stress, help relax muscles, help support healthy immune function, help optimize neurotransmitters for emotional health, and help remove toxins.
What do I do if my digestion isn’t better?
If it’s ongoing or if it’s severe (blood, coughing, irritation) and interfering with your day to day then you should talk to your practitioner immediately. You can also learn to use certain nutrients to tune-up your digestion. Here’s a good overview of how to fix your digestion.
Is it hard to get better digestion?
It depends on where your system is and what you are handling right now. But it can be deliciously easy to get in key nutrients that help your digestion run better. For example, this better breakfast bowl helps tune up and maintain healthy digestion.
Resilience like digestion isn’t something you get to work towards, achieve, and then not focus on again. It requires daily check-ins with decisions you make, and it requires taking in nutrients that support the body to respond to stress and other outside stimuli better.
Ashley Koff RD is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian and knows the key to resolving our national health crisis is to empower individuals to achieve better health from better nutrition. Koff created The Better Nutrition, Simplified Program, a virtual tool kit of resources including the Better Nutrition Plan, Recipes, Nutrition lessons, Consults, Quick Start Guides, The Ashley Koff Approved (AKA) Personal Shopper and her award-winning blogs to get Better Nutrition for Better Health. www.ashleykoffrd.com