Digestion, Exercise, Nutrition and how they are all related

Does poor digestion lead to poor absorption of minerals by the body?

The absorption of minerals from our food  takes place in most part within the small intestine. It is here that the nutrients from what we eat are delivered into the bloodstream. They in turn are carried by the blood to the different organs of our body. An unhealthy gut (GI track) can be  symptomatic of an allergic reaction to a food or something as simple as not chewing your food properly which may lay an extra burden on the body’s ability to digest properly.

Does Exercise make Digestion easier?
Exercise has been shown to prevent everything from colon cancer to Irritable bowel syndrome to constipation.  However, depending on the exercise and the food that has been consumed, certain time periods should be followed. After a heavy meal in which a good deal of animal proteins and fats have been consumed something as simple as walking can be done immediately, but anything more strenuous, wait at least two to three hours.  Much less time can be taken when fruits, vegetables and grains have been eaten.  Listen to your body and always consult your physician if you are unsure.


Easy, nutritious green leafy vegetable recipes

                                                                                                                     

Broccoli Rabe with Olives:

  • Saute garlic until tan in a medium size pot

  • add washed broccoli rabe without stems to pot

  • add 1 glass of water and 1/4 teaspoon of hot pepper

  • when vegetable is soft add 1/2 can of pitted olives cut in halves

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Savoy Cabbage with Carrots:

  • saute garlic in a large pot until tan

  • add cut up washed cabbage

  • add 2 large carrots cut in thin small pieces

  • add 15 oz. can of plain tomato sauce, add 1/2 glass of water

  • med flame until soft–approximately 30min

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Collard greens and Mushrooms:

  • saute finely chopped large onion until golden in a large pot

  • add washed collard greens without stems

  • add 1 glass of water

  • when vegetable is almost soft add box of cut white cap mushrooms

  • add a pinch of salt

  • medium flame approximately 30 min.

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Broccoli and Anchovies:

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Healthy Broccoli should have outer leaves present

  • cut broccoli, steam, place in a bowl and keep warm
  • in a separate frying pan saute garlic until tan
  • add 5 anchovies and stir until you have brown sauce
  • pour over broccoli and mix


What the Cat’s nose knows about nutrition…


I want you to meet Thorn. The reason she has been named so is because she has become a thorn in my side. She is a feral cat.  We had her spayed and now she acts as if she owns our property. I cannot touch her but every morning and evening she stares at me through our back door until she is given something to eat. The problem is that if I give her commercial cat food she sniffs it and backs away. I started to think “what exactly is in commercial cat food that a street cat would rather go without eating then ingest it”. It reinforced the idea in me that maybe we should spend a little more time preparing our meals, eating with our family and stop relying so much on processed foods. Maybe we should start using our sense of smell  to enjoy more of what we are eating. By the way the only food Thorn will eat is warm roasted organic chicken. What a life!