You might spend a lot of time thinking about nutrition: after all, the message is everywhere from how much salt, fat, and sugar is in your diet to how many nutrients aren’t. Plus, there’s how you feel, and even how you look.
But what about how you eat? Eating patterns can affect how well you absorb nutrients, whether or not digestion is comfortable, and even range to how hard your heart has to work. You can improve your eating habits with a few easy changes, and with the support of good supplements, like enzymes.
In addition to American food often being bad nutritionally, many experts think they’re full of bad habits, too. You’ll notice that most diets come with tips about how and when to eat, not just what. There’s the upside-down pyramid model: eating a large breakfast, then decreasing the size of meals until a small snack before bed. Then there’s the flat and steady eating model: setting a calorie limit, then dividing it up into hourly portions.
Then there are diets based on how you live. You’re probably aware that lunch, dinner, and supper mean different things across the US depending on where you’re from (never mind factoring in Australia and the UK). For instance, lunch can just mean a small meal, while dinner often means a large one. Workers came home for their big meal (dinner) and had only a small meal before bed. Depending on the region, there are a lot of variations of this.
But today, most people (thanks to media) are familiar with breakfast/lunch/dinner as the standard. Often, the meals get bigger as the day goes on ending with a giant meal, a pattern that’s matched with processed foods. It’s a message that has been heavily pushed—but is it the best for our health?
The advantage of some of the suggested diets, like starting with a big meal, is that they support healthy digestion. Getting every food group at breakfast signals what kind of enzymes your body needs to produce for the day. Grazing throughout the day encourages good metabolism.
If you’re stuck in a bad habit (because eating is social!) you can counteract some of what you’re missing out on with good support, like Digest Aid. Digest Aid offers additional enzymes for every food group to help boost digestion (and it’s especially effective before bed—which is a great way to reduce the stress on your body than going to bed with undigested food in your stomach causes).
Even if you’re working on an ideal routine, there’s one more thing working against you: age. It’s common for our digestive tracts to slow down with age. We see it in our metabolism (and weight gain), the comfort of our bowels, and in our overall health (because it can impact nutrient absorption!). Adding in some enzymes for additional support can help improve digestion, and lead to better health overall.
If you aren’t already supporting your digestion with enzymes from Digest Aid, try it and see if you notice a difference in your stomach/bowel comfort and beyond.