Losing Weight Through the Digestive System

 Our digestive system has a direct role in our health. Whatever we put in our mouth has to go through the digestive system. The digestive system, through a complicated process, breaks down what we’ve consumed and distributes it where our body needs or doesn’t need it. This is the place our vitamins and minerals emerge from the food we ate. If there is a functional problem in the digestive system, then no matter what is being eaten, it will not be properly absorbed and deficiency will be experienced.

One of the important activities of the digestive system is elimination. Not all the food you eat is absorbed. Some of it is not digestible and needs to be disposed of. The body also produces waste of its own that it needs to eliminate and does so partly through the digestive system.

If you’re not properly digesting then your body won’t get the nutrients and can’t get rid of the things it doesn’t need. It just kind of sits there and rots. The rot produces toxins and bad bacteria. This will lead to disease. Most problems with health and obesity are from improper digestion. We eat and drink foods that “get stuck” in the complicated system.

Sometimes our digestive system doesn’t know what to do with certain substances and sends it to the liver or other organ to figure out. When those organs don’t know what to do with it, they store it, usually in our fat cells, but also in the organ itself. Sometimes we eat more of these things that none of the organs know what to with so they become overworked which leads to sluggishness that leads to a breakdown which leads to disease. By the time we have noticed symptoms we’ve overworked our organs so much that we need drug interference. The drugs put more stuff in our body, the body that can’t get rid of things it doesn’t need because our digestive system isn’t working properly.

There are many diseases that stem from improper digestive function but most commonly you can tell how your digestive system is working or not working by it’s elimination. Constipation is not normal and neither is diarrhea. Heartburn is not something you should get used to.

One of the easiest ways to clean out all the gunk sitting in the digestive tract is by eating fiber. Fiber acts as sort of a scrub brush for the digestive system. It also absorbs stuff sitting around because none of the organs knows what to do with it. Fiber just sweeps it up and sends it out. Fiber doesn’t work alone, it needs it counterpart- water. Fiber is so busy scrubbing away it forgets to move down the line. The water reminds it to keep moving and rinses everything clean.

If you have been trying to lose weight but don’t have proper elimination you will see a huge difference on the scale once you increase your fiber and water intake. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, do your body a favor and increase your fiber and water intake. Your organs will thank you.

You must introduce fiber into your diet slowly because taking too much too soon will cause excess gas and pain. Some good sources of fiber include wheat bran, beans, fresh coconut, cornflakes, wholemeal flour, wholemeal bread, muesli, dried fruit, spinach, lentils, bananas, carrots, apples, oranges, and oatmeal. Bran and ground flaxseed (I use a coffee grinder for my flaxseed) is the best choice for your diet because they have many other health benefits along with the fiber. You can sprinkle it on cereal, salads, or whatever else you’d like. Fiber is also filling so you’ll find that you feel full but are actually eating less.

 

I have a favorite muffin recipe that I eat every morning with a cup of tea.

 

A Muffin A Day ….

 

1 cup wheat bran

½ cup oat bran

1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup chopped prune pieces

2 egg whites or 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1 banana

½ cup molasses

2 tablespoons safflower oil

¾ cup soy or almond milk

Walnut halves (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a bowl, combine the wheat bran, oat bran, flour, and baking soda. Add the prune pieces. In a food processor or blender, mix together the egg whites (or flaxseed), banana, molasses, oil, and milk. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Fold together until moist (don’t overstir).

Spray muffin tins with cooking spray or use paper cups. Fill tins ¾ full and top with walnuts if desired. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Do not overbake or they will turn out dry. Makes one dozen. Enjoy one every day.

These muffins freeze well, so you can make a batch or two and store them seven per bag for a week supply.

 

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. A good rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses of water a day but this usually leaves people short of how much water their body really needs.. The more precise way to figure out how much water your body needs daily is to take you weight, divide it in half, change the lbs into ounces and drink that amount in water.

 

Example:

 

Weight= 200 lbs

Divide in half= 200 lbs ÷ 2 = 100 lbs

Change lbs to ounces = 100 lbs is changed to 100 ounces (nothing mathematical just a word change)

Amount of water that should be consumed daily = 100 ounces

 

I’d love to hear how you fit fiber into your diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Losing Weight Through the Digestive System”
  1. Carrie says:

    I’ve been trying to buy more things with wholegrain. The soluble-insoluble is very confusing. This recipe sounds interesting and I’m going to give it a try.

  2. lose weight says:

    This article is very useful and informative. I’ve realized over the last year that poor digestion is a huge problem in our society and could be the main reason why so many of us develop hypertension, heart disease and malnutrition even though we are eating more than ever.

    Flaxseed meal made from ground seeds is one of my major sources of fiber. I add it to soups, stews, breakfast oat bran and even add it to wholewheat flour to coat fish when I fry. Eating without digesting, cleansing and eliminating is like running a car without ever getting an oil change.

    Starting the morning with a glass of warm water and lemon juice is a good way to prepare your stomach to receive its first meal of the day. Also, lots of dark green leafy vegetables, such as dandelion greens, kale, romaine lettuce, broccoli and steamed artichokes make good roughage.

    I enjoyed reading this and have decided to add your blog to my blogroll so I can read and learn more everyday.

  3. LaTonia Powell says:

    I ran across this page doing research for school. I found a lot of tips really useful. I have always been thin,but have recently packed on the “age” pounds. I drink plenty of water,only eat whole wheat or whole grain bread and love oatmeal, am allergic to a lot of green veggies. Do anyone have any advise for me?

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