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Did you know that digestion takes 80% of your energy?

Do you sometimes feel down after a meal? Well, it certainly tasted great yet leaves you with a bitter-sweet aftermath, which is called “energy drop”. Why and how does this phenomenon occur? And how can you prevent it going forward? Let’s dive into it the ExperienceZone way.

Your energy balance sheet

Everything in the universe consists of energy. It’s ever expanding since the big-bang. At square one, there was infinite density and temperature. Now, our climate on planet earth is decent and matter is well spread.

All energy is still there. Neither new one can be created nor can it be destroyed. It can only be transformed. Food is energy provided by plants or – worst case – animals. Hence, eating fuels your body with energy. Energy, it needs to function – physically and mentally. There’s one caveat though. The cheer act of digestion requires energy. Your jaws need to chew and produces saliva. Your stomach generates gastric acid. Your intestines host microbes, who dehydrate food and soak out the nutrients.

In order to maximize the plus side of your energy balance sheet, you want to minimize the energy investment in digestion whilst maximizing the nutritional value of the food you consume. This way, you’ve a net surplus of energy through eating and tackle your day effectively.

Be food-smart

I used to eat a lot of carbs, dairy products and processed sugar. Afterwards, I felt into the valley of low energy. It took me many years to find my ideal diet and way of consuming food. Whilst there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all, there’re universal dietary rules you want to bear in mind:

  1. Focus on quality. When it comes to food, you want to buy local and seasonal plant based food. Especially leafy greens combined with fruit are high in energy. Don’t confuse energy with calories though. High energy food can be easily converted by your body without friction or loss. High caloric food is dense in terms of its nutritional value, yet isn’t necessarily easy to digest – think red meat. Strive to become a good processor of food rather than eating tons of stuff. It will only slag your digestive track and thus weaken your digestive power.
  2. Follow the sun. As human beings, we’re aligned to the natural rhythms of our planet. So is your digestive power. It is strongest when the sun in in zenith, i.e. at noon. Hence, you want to have a mid-size meal in the morning, a rather large one at noon and at most a snack in the evening.
  3. Purify your food. Next to what you’re eating in which amounts at which time of the day, the way you consume food is paramount. A year ago, I discovered the advantages of a good blender. If you purify your food with it, your whole digestive track needs to invest significantly less energy to convert the food and extract the nutrients. So, get a good blender and make tasty and healthy green smoothies every day!

Why you need a good blender

Nowadays everyone is running around stressed, trying to keep up and find a place in this faster spinning world. During our daily hustle and bustle, we often don’t take time to eat. In a nutrition-nerd-like mood, I recently stopped the time of a random meal (um, I recollect an Avocado salad for lunch). Yay, a record: 7.35 minutes for a large bowl! I was just about to pat myself on the back, when a truth came to my mind: Mealtime correlates with health. The more time you take for a meal, i.e. the more often you chew, the healthier you are, the better you look and the longer you live. What a great outlook, if I could only slow down anything! I need to tackle this the ExperienceZone way.

The problem: Every chew you don’t make shortens your life

Digestion starts in your mouth. Your teeth are supposed to mash dense food. At the same time, you produce saliva, which already decomposes the porridge. If you do it properly, your subsequent digestion organs, such as the stomach, the small and large intestines have a walk in the park. If you don’t though, they’ll face challenges as undigested food bits cannot be broken up by them (they don’t have teeth). These food bits can cause a lot of issues, such as food intolerances and allergies.

The solution: Make a blender predigest your food

Proper oral predigestion requires you to chew every bite 30-50 times. In case of my super-size salad bowl, that would add up to 30-60 minutes. Almost impossible to carve out so much time for a single meal! Of course it is doable, yet I’m simply not willing to take the time. Reason being, I’m busy. I got stuff to do. I’m not a cow, which has nothing else to do than chewing.

So I needed some external support. A blender. It allows me to throw in my healthy fruit & vegetables, push a button and atomize it. A fast and healthy way to prepare and consume meals! My teeth just cannot compete with my Vitamix. This thing purifies food in lightning speed. It breaks up the plant cells and thus gives my intestines immediate access to the enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Your way to a healthy digestion

I learned it the hard way. For many years, I felt down after a meal. Reasons being, I ate processed food too fast. Meantime, I worked on both bad habits and switched to a plant-based raw diet, which I purify whenever I can. Digestion takes up to 80% of your energy. Hence, you want to optimize your energy balance sheet by a) maximizing the energy value of the food you eat (and I don’t mean the amount of calories here but the quality of food) and b) minimize the effort your body needs to make to digest that food. So, what do you need to do?

  1. Eat high-energy food. First start with the “what”. I found that a raw plant-based diet gives me most energy. I mix vegetables (especially green leaves or wild plants) in a relation of 3:2 with fruit to a) give my body everything it needs and b) accommodate my spoiled palate.
  2. Get a good blender. Now its time for the “how”. Do some research on good blenders. Don’t be pennywise and pound-foolish. Instead of buying an all-in-one kitchen device (“all-in-one” is unavoidably always about compromises), purchase a device, which atomizes your food. The higher the degree of decomposition, the less your intestines have to do. If you don’t want to do it for your health, do it for the vanity. Predigesting your food will enable your body to invest the energy saved, in regeneration and thus rejuvenation.
  3. Blend your food as often as possible. Once you posses a blender a whole new universe of creative recipes unfolds. Become creative. A food artist. Don’t judge a smoothie by its look. Each and everyone will taste different, as this depends on the ratios and composition of food alike. Drink it. Your palate will discover new dimensions of taste, which have been covered during years of processed civilization food intake.

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