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May 25, 2021

Can olive oil help improve digestive issues?


Over 60 million people in the United States report dealing with digestive issues. 


Are you one of them? 


If you deal with any digestive issues, you might wonder if olive oil can help. Here’s great news: Yes, it absolutely can!


Two tablespoons of high quality olive oil daily (with food or straight out of the bottle) will decrease some of the symptoms and even the root causes of digestive issues. If you prefer, you can add a squeeze of fresh organic lemon juice and a pinch of authentic sea salt to your daily 2 tablespoon shot.


So, what is the gastro-intestinal system? It is the largest endocrine organ in the body and consists of a series of hollow organs: mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and anus. It also includes solid organs: liver, pancreas and gall bladder. Nice.


Notice how many organs it takes to digest your food? The digestive process turns your food into energy that you can use to move your body, heal injuries and fight pathogens and to think clearly. Amazing!


I’m often surprised by the north american culture’s difficulty in connecting the fact that the quality of what we put in our bodies (food and liquids) is the quality of energy, healing and brain power we get back out. Great food in, great energy out!


Now, back to our wonderful body’s ability to convert food to energy. Once you swallow your food, your body takes over by secreting digestive enzymes and other compounds that help break down the food in your stomach and prepares those nutrients to transport throughout your body via your intestinal tract. According to M. Carmen Ramirez-Tortosa and Parveen Yaqoob, authors of "Olive Oil and Health," ...olive oil encourages the production of peptides, which support healthy digestion and aid in nutrient absorption. Regular consumption of olive oil will keep your gut working efficiently by taking what it needs for good health and eliminating the rest in your waste.”


Olive oil, when digested, coats the protein, carbohydrate and fat molecules and aids your body in breaking down food. When the food hits the intestines, the nutrients from the food you’re eating can be absorbed more efficiently. Olive oil also encourages your intestines to absorb more of the vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, which makes it beneficial for individuals suffering from digestive disorders, reports the 2004 study in "Gracias y Aceites."


One of the most common digestive issues with  IBS is inflammation. By taking olive oil on an empty stomach will soothe and coat the stomach and the lining of the intestines. The absorption of the food and their nutrients through the intestines is also enhanced, all from just a little bit of truly extra virgin olive oil.


Another common digestive issue is acid reflux. When you consume VERITAT EVOO (fat), you are more satiated and consume less overall food. EVOO suppresses gastric acid secretion, decreases the ‘workload’ of the stomach and prevents gastric juices from  traveling back up to the esophagus. This can help prevent acid reflux disorders. 


Okay! The takeaway is EVOO does amazing things for your entire digestive tract, protecting the lining and reducing inflammation, preventing cancers, diabetes, fatty liver disease, weight-loss, acid reflux, ease of bowel movements, enhances absorption of vitamins, and much more!! It also supplies a good bit of vitamins E and K! 


Remember, if your gut microbiome is out of whack (which it is in most of us), replenish with prebiotics (fiber or food for the bacteria) and probiotics (the actual bacteria)!! Fixing your digestion is key to your overall health!


Here’s an easy way to maximize the taste and benefits of olive oil:


Veritat olive oil can be enjoyed with anything, from raw or grilled vegetables, meats/proteins, legumes, eggs, baked goods and even ice cream.


By pouring olive oil over your finished dishes, especially meats a few minutes after it has been cooked, it actually eases the taxation on the body during digestion. This won’t cover up the flavor, it will actually bring out  more of its individual yumminess!


Tip: One tablespoon of EVOO over the meat is sufficient, pour after it has cooled for a few minutes (or not smoking hot). 


Take in the scents, enjoy the flavor and know that your entire body is benefiting. 


Drink/Drizzle/Digest VERITAT EVOO, eat fatty fish, get lots of water and sleep, take some prebiotics and probiotics, exercise your body and mind!! 


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