Good Gut Health. How to Deal with Indigestion and Bloating.
Questions that get thrown around a lot within the fitness community are:
- What's kind of protein should I take?
- What's a good pre workout?
- Should I take a multivatimin?
- Do I need to take creatine?
- Should I take a fat burner?
And of course so many other questions related to muscular development, performance, and losing weight. But while so many people are worried about what can help them aesthetically, it seems like people don't care much about what's going on internally. Very much like how people are worried just about the macronutrients protein, carbs, and fat, without thinking much about the micronutrients from plant based sources that help digest and process those nutrients effectively.
Which leads me to my main point. Digestion, gastrointestinal issues, and overall good gut health. From a general standpoint, maintaining and fine tuning a healthy digestive process is key to of course, longevity due to lowering the risk of disease from the toxins we take in, but from even a day to day standpoint- good levels of energy, performance and recovery, weight management, and just well being and comfort because the digestive process is one that takes a toll on the body.
As I've written in a previous blog, I've been intermittent fasting for more than 3 years and only have good things to say about it from the perspective of performance, body composition, and quality of life. But after 12, 16, 20, or sometimes a full day without eating, i want to make sure that when I do break my fast and eat for the first time, I want to ensure everything I'm eating is being processed and I'm taking in all the available nutrients. I eat A LOT of vegetables every day (both raw and cooked), along with a good amount of protein and healthy fats. Nutrition is the most important thing to a healthy lifestyle. Food for fuel. But The engine has to be running efficiently and clean as well.
With all that I eat--and i eat a lot--I used to deal with a lot of gastrointestinal issues both related to intermittent fasting and not intermittent fasting. Of course, it can be hard on the stomach as much overall food as I eat at one time (some people who fast recommend breaking up meals into smaller meals), but whether you intermittent fast or not, some people get bloated, gassy, stomach pains, or other issues from just eating a lot of fibrous vegetables, especially raw vegetables.
This is something I used to experience but no longer experience once I incorporated the following 3 things into my daily nutrition:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Digestive Enzymes containing Prebiotics and Probiotics
- Collagen Peptides
Hear more about these "supplements" and why I take them in the video below: