Villi are finger like projections that line your small intestine. One of their main functions is that they pluck out the nutrients from your food as it travels through your small intestine and sends the nutrients out to the rest of the cells in your body, via either the blood stream or lymphatic system.
So my first thought for your consideration here is if we are not nourishing our bodies with vitamins, minerals, fibre, quality carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein, amino acids, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, but rather we are consuming predominantly unhealthy fats, excess sugar, white flour, excess salt, preservatives, food coloring then what are our villi extracting from our “foods” to send out to the rest of our body?
Have you ever heard the phrase “rubbish in = rubbish out”? It stands to reason here that if we are choosing to “nourish” our bodies with junk then how can we expect our bodies to do anything other than give us rubbish? Rubbish energy, rubbish immune system, rubbish sleep, rubbish moods etc.
By choosing foods (and I use the word “food” reluctantly) from the latter list, we aren’t providing our bodies what they need to function optimally. We are asking our bodies to digest things they aren’t designed to digest and we are depriving our bodies of what they need.
I think it would be fair to say that a lot of us are in a state of malnourishment. New Zealand ranks third highest in the OECD for obesity and the associated non-communicable diseases that can be largely prevented through our food choices. Just because the supermarkets sell it does not mean we have to choose to eat it.
My second thought for your consideration is what happens to your villi after years of not giving them what they want and need? We are taught that factors like poor diet, medications, stress, smoking, pollution can “clog up” your villi so that they are energetically impaired and don’t work as efficiently as they should.
So even when we start eating healthy we’re still not necessarily absorbing maximum nutrients into our body. Is it any wonder why people don’t feel any different when they start “eating healthy” and if they aren’t getting the results they want (e.g. quite often it’s weight loss) they give up.
This is why the focus needs to be taken off weight loss, and more emphasis put on non-scale wins such as energy, sleep, moods, skin appearance etc while the body does what it needs to in order to get into a state of better health. Remember, we can’t control WHAT our bodies do but we can control what we put in our bodies and how we move our bodies. It could easily take up to 6 months or more before someone sees a shift on the scales, but so many people aren’t patient enough to stay consistent. The focus needs to be long term health.
That’s not to say you can never have your cake or your ice cream or your so called treat foods, but it seems the days where these were a “sometimes” food brought out at birthday parties and special occasions are a thing of the past.
So how can we speed up the process? I use an aloe concentrate which is designed to support intestinal health and nutrient absorption (cleansing those villi so they work more efficiently sending nutrients out to the rest of your body) and it helps soothes the stomach. People have found that by adding the aloe concentrate into their day they lose weight up to 30% faster, and a lot of people experiencing digestive issues have found that these have improved. A healthier digestive system can be reflected in the skin often too.
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