This post is a part of the Transit Time Series:

Bowel Transit Time & What it’s Telling You

Improving Transit Time: Part One

Improving Transit Time: Part Two

 

When trying to improve transit time from a nutritional prospective there are many, many options. You can add certain foods and supplements to your diet or you can remove certain foods. In my experience it’s a combination of both elimination and supplementation that produce the most noticeable benefits. Let’s dive right into it and start with foods that could be eliminated.
Avoid the top eight food allergens. You may not have a full-blown allergy to any of these foods, but you could have a sensitivity.

  • Wheat/Gluten
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Soy
  • Peanut
  • Shellfish
  • Tree Nut
  • Fish

A sensitivity can lead to inflammation inside of your digestive tract and cause numerous problems beyond a slow transit time. I would recommend eliminating any suspect food for the span of at least one month and observe the changes in your digestion. Most likely you will see results well beyond digestive relief. When your digestive tract is continually inflamed your body will start to develop a host of possible autoimmune disease from rheumatoid arthritis to psoriasis. There is also the gut-brain connection. A poorly functioning digestive tract can be responsible for your brain fog and feelings of depression. The effects of your digestive health on your overall wellbeing go beyond the scope of this post. However, I want to encourage each of you to evaluate your current state of health and to consider taking aggressive dietary actions to defeat any health challenges you might be facing.
Since most of us dislike being told what not to eat… I’ll move on to foods and supplements you can add to your diet to help improve transit time.

  • Organic whole foods – no explanation needed… I hope.
  • Foods high in fiber – not processed foods with added fiber. Whole foods!
  • Fermented foods – Kim chi and sauerkraut are packed full of beneficial bacteria
  • Water – Many of today’s health challenges are caused by chronic dehydration.
  • Herbal Teas – There are herbal tea blends made specifically to soothe and heal the digestive tract
  • A whole food based B-Vitamin supplement – B-vitamins are so very important to the entire digestive process (and overall health). Even a slight deficiency can cause many ills.
  • Prebiotics/Probiotics – These are going to help the beneficial bacteria regain a stronghold in our digestive tract and will not only boost your mood, but improve your immune system.
  • Green leafy vegetables – High in fiber, and B-vitamins
  • Aloe Vera juice – very soothing to the digestive tract
  • Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds – These will add bulk to your stool and are very high in essential fatty acids.

Neither of these lists are exhaustive, but instead will lay a good foundation to start you on your path to digestive healing and improved transit time. I was trying to keep this post short and to the point! I hope it worked and I hope you are reaching for a pen to make out your store list. Until next time, please be encouraged that your body is a work of art and has miraculous abilities to heal itself if you will give it a fighting chance. Everything you place into your mouth is either going to nourish or deplete your body of vital nutrients. Are you filling your body with life or death? God wants us to live strong, healthy, blessed lives and He provided all the foods we need in order to accomplish that. I pray you open your heart to that truth and enjoy everything the Lord has intended for us.

 

 

This post is a part of the Transit Time Series:

Bowel Transit Time & What it’s Telling You

Improving Transit Time: Part One

Improving Transit Time: Part Two

Amanda-Jo was born, bred, and raised in the great state of Texas where she currently resides, on her own little piece of country, with her husband. She has a strong faith in the Lord, a passion for nutrition, fitness, alternative healing, and ministry. If she’s not studying nutrition, tending the house and property, advising clients, or volunteering…. you’ll find her on her dirt bike.

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