Why Food Hygiene is Important (the difference between food hygiene and eating hygiene)
So much has been written about what to eat but in order to benefit from what you eat you need to know why food hygiene is important. You might be asking “what is food hygiene?” Just like health hygiene, the technical definition of food hygiene is “the conditions and measures necessary to ensure the safety of food from production to consumption.” Sounds like something restaurants and slaughterhouses are responsible for, and this is true - however we all need to ensure we don’t cross contaminate our counters, knives and cutting boards when preparing animal raw animal products at home. There have been too many outbreaks of e. coli this year, we don’t want salmonella, campylobacter or the like as a side effect of dinner. This also brings to mind a term that is closely related to food hygiene, known as “eating hygiene”. Eating Hygiene has been interpreted as daily hygiene practices that help you eat properly, and maximize the nutrient absorption of your food while reducing pain and improving your relationship to food. What’s the point of eating good food if you’re not digesting it properly.
They say the road to health is paved with good intestines. The root of all health is in the gut. The gut is a pet word that stands for gastrointestinal tract. The gut includes the mouth, swallowing tube or esophagus, stomach, stomach, pancreas, intestines, and may even include the liver and gallbladder, since both play a big role in digestion. A large component of the immune system is located in our small intestine, and that is also where the majority of nutrients are absorbed.
Here are 4 Eating Hygiene TIPS to Improve Your GUT
Chew your food thoroughly. If you are swallowing large chunks of food then the enzymes in your stomach and intestines won’t be sufficient to break the food into liquid. The food needs to be in very small pieces when it hits the stomach so it can be properly digested, and the nutrients properly absorbed. If you need extra digestive enzymes you can always take them, but it’s better to promote them on your own.
Sit and eat quietly. Eating on the run or when stressed out in not only unappetizing it also promote indigestion. When the fight or flight nervous system is kicked into high gear then the stomach does not secrete digestive juices. The relaxed-state parasympathetic system needs to be in effect in order for proper digestion to occur. Start with a prayer to give thanks and calm your system.
Drink warm beverages - not iced. When we eat cold and iced foods it sends the flood flow in our stomach away so that digestion does not occur. Some cultures have it down pat being much more of an Eastern principle than here in the west we are served a big glass of ice water as soon as we sit down to dinner. This is contrary to eating hygiene which recommends warm or room temperature water, hot tea with lemon and ginger and broths at the start of a meal to prepare your stomach for good digestion. Try it out!
One way to stay ahead of food born illnesses is to have a variety of good bacteria in your intestinal tract. Superbug and other bacterial infections are more likely to occur in people who are compromised with many antiobiotics. We recommend eating live culture foods daily and taking a bottle of multi-strain probiotics at least a few times per year and after any course of antibiotics to repopulate and address gas, bloating, bowel regularity and nutrient absorption.
Health coaches and Naturopathic doctors promote good food hygiene as well as eating hygiene during their sessions as the root of all illness truly is in your digestive tract. Unfortunately modern medicine glosses over the functionality of the digestive system to maintain health, always throwing medications at it effectively weakens its abilities. Of course if you NEED an antibiotic or an antacid they are always there for you but using these medications generally put the gut in more distress than it had to begin with. Try these 4 eating hygiene principles to see how they work for you! And book an appointment with us if you need an integrative or functional coach to get to the root of your problems.
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