Anoushka Alden is a fashion designer and kombucha maker based in Los Angeles. After suffering from IBS and later being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, she has experimented with foods that keep her in balance. Click here to read her inspiring story.
Anoushka’s Top Health Tips
1. Don’t drink water directly before eating, or during meals. It dilutes your gastric digestive juices that break down your food. This can result in indigestion and food not being absorbed to its fullest potential. If you are going to drink water, stop at least 20 minutes before your meal, and wait one hour after eating before drinking anything. We know this sounds difficult but try it out and see how your body feels.
2. Chew your food! This is so important because it releases digestive enzymes that help your body break down and absorb the food so that it can be used for energy. Undigested food can linger in the body and cause bacteria to grow, which can lead to (easily avoidable) pain. When we chew our food slowly we consume our food more mindfully to get the most bang for our bite.
3. Stay away from refined grains and processed sugar. No matter who you are you can benefit from adhering to this tip, which typically decreases inflammation in the body. If you like grains try cooking with gluten free grains such as quinoa and millet. If you have to sweeten, use a light amount of sugar from nature, such as organic fruit and raw honey.