When I first started working, I wanted to lose weight and thought that simply eating more vegetables would help me achieve my goal. However, in reality, I suffered from severe constipation as a result. Later, I learned that dietary fiber is divided into soluble and insoluble types, and if the body does not absorb enough water, constipation can actually be worsened. Eating only vegetables is not enough to meet the body's nutritional needs and can cause an imbalance in nutrient intake, leading to problems such as cold hands and feet and pale complexion. It turns out that I was just using the wrong method.
The difference between water-soluble dietary fiber and insoluble dietary fiber
I've learned that dietary fiber is divided into two types: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber can dissolve in water and form a gel-like substance that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates, reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and increases satiety. Soluble fiber is mainly found in viscous whole grain foods, legumes, and fruits rich in pectin, such as apples and bananas. Step 1, the drink I usually consume, is mainly made of soluble fiber. It can soften stool and help with bowel movements. Since fiber has the characteristic of absorbing water, drinking plenty of water can promote intestinal motility and help with defecation.
In contrast, insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It can help maintain soft and stable stools and promote intestinal motility, reducing constipation. Insoluble fiber is mainly found in wheat bran, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables, such as brown rice and sesame.
Consuming adequate amounts of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber can promote intestinal health, reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and increase satiety.
How Abdominal Massage Helps Defecation
I also do some abdominal massage to help relieve constipation symptoms and promote intestinal motility. The method is very simple:
Clockwise abdominal massage
Apply massage oil to the abdomen and then gently massage in a clockwise direction using both hands. The massage can be done with gentle pressure, but avoid over-stimulating the area. The massage should last 5-10 minutes each time and can be performed in the morning and evening.
The Body and Skin Benefits of Gut Health
Intestinal health is closely related to skin health because constipation can cause toxins and waste in the body to not be eliminated in a timely manner, affecting the health of the skin and causing problems such as dryness, dullness, and roughness. A healthy gut can help eliminate metabolic waste and toxins, preventing them from accumulating in the body. If metabolic waste and toxins are not eliminated in a timely manner, they can affect the health of various organs and systems in the body. Therefore, maintaining intestinal health is an important factor in maintaining healthy skin.
Besides dietary fiber, what else does the gut need to maintain health?
If you experience irregular bowel movements and poor digestion, it can lead to weight gain over time. Therefore, in addition to consuming enough dietary fiber, it is necessary to have good bacteria to help break down food and improve digestion. To promote food breakdown and increase metabolism, I pay attention to detoxification and drink one packet of PRO-ACTIZYME after a meal on the day following Step 1, or drink it one hour after Step 3. This can help promote food breakdown, enhance digestion, and cultivate a lean body while keeping fat away, ultimately leading to an easy-to-lose physique.
What are the benefits of supplementing qi and blood for intestinal health ?
I used the wrong method to lose weight before, which resulted in an imbalanced nutrient intake and caused cold hands and feet and pale complexion. That's why now I not only drink Step 1, but also combine it with Yusaika Organic Drip Chicken Essence. It can enhance immunity and supplement qi and blood. This way, I am not only detoxing but also taking care of my body comprehensively.
Additional little knowledge:
What benefits does Drip Chicken Essence have for intestinal health in addition to supplementing qi and blood?
Insufficient qi and blood often accompany symptoms of qi deficiency, which can lead to constipation. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that constipation is caused by poor intestinal motility. If constipation is severe, under the guidance of a professional doctor, qi and blood tonics can be used. These tonics can help restore normal intestinal function, allowing stool to be smoothly eliminated. In addition, supplementing qi and blood can also enhance the resistance and self-repair ability of the intestines, thereby preventing constipation. Before supplementing your body, it is recommended to consult a doctor to understand your own physique and choose appropriate supplements and medications to avoid reckless supplementation.