Smoothies for Digestive Health

Digestion is the #1 key to weight loss. The digestion process takes around 80% of your total body energy. You want to make it as easy as possible on your digestive track to break down your foods so you can eliminate excess waste and have more energy throughout the day. The main cause of excess weight gain (and disease) is the fact that extra poop is sitting around in your colon. When you eliminate your body of extra waste on a daily basis, weight loss and maintenance become effortless. The faster the food is digested, the less waste it leaves behind. The less waste left behind, the easier the digestive process. The easier the digestive process, the more you’ll poop. The more you poop the faster you’ll lose weight and feel healthier! It is important to know how your digestive system functions, and what you need to do to keep it working properly in order to be healthy.

Your food goes from your mouth, to your esophagus, to your stomach. Your stomach acts as a blender and breaks down your food into a liquid form. Then it moves on to the small intestine where your nutrients get absorbed through tiny little hairs along the sides of the intestine called villi. If you have excess waste buildup, your villi will get clogged and won’t be able to absorb any nutrients. If you aren’t absorbing nutrients your body will feel deprived and send a signal to your brain that you’re still hungry even though you may have just had a full meal. So you want to prevent any waste buildup so your villi can absorb nutrients.

Light to Heavy Principle:

In order to maximize digestion, we need to eat the fastest digesting foods first, and the slowest digesting foods last, so that the food can pass through as fast as possible. Fruit is the lightest food, passing through the stomach in about 20-30 minutes and should only be eaten on an empty stomach. Bananas take longer to digest because they are a starchy fruit with less water. Starches (potatoes, pasta, breads and rice), remain in the stomach for a couple hours, and proteins (eggs, beef, chicken, fish, nuts and seeds) take even longer because they move the slowest and take the most work to break down. Our bodies are a hot 98.6 degrees. The longer a food stays in our system, the longer it has to ferment and rot. We want food to move as quickly as possible through our bodies, absorbing the nutrients we need and eliminating the rest as quickly and effortlessly as possible.

If you start your meal with some fresh fruit, then a salad or some green vegetables, followed by your choice of protein such as chicken, all your food is speeding along the digestive track as it should. Now if you reverse the order, the chicken is sitting in the stomach blocking the way of the fruit you had for dessert. Your body doesn’t absorb nutrients until it reaches the small intestine. Because it took the fruit so long to reach the intestines, it will already be rotted and your body will be absorbing bacteria instead of nutrients.

What about all the popular beliefs we have been led to believe for so long?

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it should be loaded with protein to keep you focused and keep you full through lunch!”

Now, we’ve already discussed that digestion takes up roughly 80% of your total body energy. If you start your day with a heavy breakfast, your body is immediately going to go to work breaking down the foods, and stealing your energy away. This may cause you to go for an extra cup of coffee, or make it difficult to focus at work. If you start your day with a light meal you won’t be weighed down with heavy digesting processes, and you will be energized, focused and ready to take on the day!

“Lunch should be the heaviest meal of the day so you have adequate time to work off the calories”

After breakfast, lunch is the most important meal of the day because you have the choice to either extend your cleansing or get bogged down by a heavy meal, causing you to feel tired and bloated. You want to avoid eating animal based protein because it is the most difficult to digest which is why you should save protein based meals for dinner, allowing them adequate time to digest properly.

“Dinner should be a smaller meal because you won’t have time to work off your food before bedtime.”

Dinner should be the HEAVIEST meal of your day! Remember we want to eat our lightest meals in the morning and our heaviest meals at night. Since proteins take the longest to digest, this is where you want to incorporate them in your meal. If you have your dinner at 7pm and don’t eat anything until 10a.m. the next morning, your body has had a good 15 hours to move that food out of your stomach before putting anything else on top of it. Generally we want to eat dinner 4 hours after lunch, giving us enough time to fully digest our food, and eat 3-4 hours before you go to bed. Food passes through the digestive track faster when we are awake.

“You should eat lots of smaller meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism up.”

When we eat little meals all day our bodies constantly have to work to break down the food, stealing our energy away. Our bodies do not have time to fully digest one meal before a new one is consumed when we eat this way. Snacking all day long ensures we are constantly packing more food on top of food that hasn’t been fully digested yet creating excess waste build up.

Eating Light to Heavy at each meal will prevent any backup in our system, allowing the elimination process to move smoothly so that you can rid yourself of excess waste. Remember, excess waste is the cause for excess weight. Once you start eating this way you will naturally feel lighter, look slimmer and the pounds will come off!

Smoothies are the perfect way to start your day off right by eating light to heavy.

Try for yourself! What do you have to lose, other than a few extra pounds??

~Lindsay Rehker

Owner, Smooth-ease LLC

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