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Mindfulness Is the Underrated Secret to Healthier Digestion

A few years ago, I was struggling with what felt like constant bloating and fatigue. I could tell my digestion was suffering, and after weeks of trying to take Google’s advice on how to fix it—cutting caffeine, adding probiotics, avoiding all carbohydrates ever—I finally decided to consult an expert. Enter: Jennie Miremadi, MS, CNS, LDN, a licensed functional medicine nutritionist and the person who gave me a path to “beat the bloat” without forcing me to forgo all the foods I love.

Her first suggestion was mindfulness in the form of mindful eating, and the concept blew the doors off of my understanding of nutrition. Yes, of course, nutrients matter. Microbiome health matters, too.

But there’s another piece to the puzzle, and it’s largely absent in most conversations about gut health: our state of mind. I reached out to Miremadi for her expert take on how mindfulness can impact the way our bodies process food. Prepare to see your next meal in a whole new light.  At its core, mindful eating reconnects us to our hunger cues.

Our bodies have excellent built-in mechanisms to let us know when we need fuel, but many of us learn to overthink and override these systems at some point in our lives because of ingrained food rules or emotional eating. “I see this frequently with new clients who are completely disconnected from their innate hunger signals,” Miremadi explained. “They can’t tell when they are hungry or physically full.” Mindless eating is more common than you may think.

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A few years ago, I was struggling with what felt like constant bloating and fatigue. I could tell my digestion was suffering, and after weeks of trying to take Google’s advice on how to fix it—cutting caffeine, adding probiotics, avoiding all carbohydrates ever—I finally decided to consult an expert. Enter: Jennie Miremadi, MS, CNS, LDN, a licensed functional medicine nutritionist and the person who gave me a path to “beat the bloat” without forcing me to forgo all the foods I love.
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