Tips to Improve Digestion

Increasing epidemiological evidence has linked the prevalence of diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type II diabetes mellitus, and even cancer, to dietary factors. Besides, overweight and obesity are major risk factors to the prevalence of the mentioned diet-related diseases. In the world of adulterated food, the incidence of digestive problems has increased.

Here are certain easy tips to improve your digestion thereby protecting your gut in a long haul :

  • Exercise : It takes healthy muscle tone all around the abdomen for food to digest properly. Muscle tone to help move food through our digestive tract. Increasing exercise can improve digestion, even if you don’t change what you eat.
  • Don’t Overeat : Overeating of any food is taxing on the digestive system and can affect the rate of digestion. It requires the body to expand a lot of energy, adds stress on the system and forces the body to try to use too many nutrients at once. Practice moderation and only eat until you are three quarters full.
  • Take Time For Gratitude : When you take a few moments before you eat to pursue and reflect, either with blessings or gratitude, you are activating the cephalic phase of digestion. Your brain signals saliva to release and strokes your digestion fires. Both are key to proper digestion.
  • Reduce or Eliminate Processed Foods : These so called foods are challenging for the digestive system. The body has to supply its own energy and nutrients in order for these products to metabolize, robbing the body of nutrients rather than supplying any. Stick to whole foods as much as possible.
  • Chew Your Food : Chewing thoroughly will help any food digest. We complicate digestion whenever we eat on the run or gulp down our food. Slow down, savor your food and chew it up. Saliva contains lots of enzymes that aid digestion.
  • Eat More Fibre : Fibre helps keep your colon healthy. It makes stool soft and bulky speeds transit time through the colon, dilutes the effects of any toxic compounds and helps to remove bad bacteria from the colon. Make sure you get both soluble fibre, which absorbs toxins and unneeded cholesterol, and insoluble fibre, which hastens elimination.
  • Boost Stomach Acid : Many people have low stomach acid. Heartburn, belching or gas, fatigue, headaches and much more can all be a result of low stomach acid. Gently boost stomach acid by adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water or by drinking one tablespoon of raw fermented apple cider vinegar in water each morning.
  • Drink Water : It’s one of the top nutrients for digestion. The stomach needs water for digestion, especially for the health of the mucosal lining, which supports the small intestine bacteria for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, Lack of water in the digestive system can result in ulcers, indigestion, heartburn, fatigue, brain fog, memory loss and constipation.
  • Add in Probiotics : We need good bacteria to strengthen the immune system, reduce chronic inflammation, help remedy leaky gut and more. You can introduce probiotics with supplements or with raw fermented food like coconut kefir.
  • Bring in Digestive Enzymes : You need three categories of enzymes: lipase for fat breakdown, amylases for protein breakdown, and protease for protein breakdown. The best source of enzymes are from foods that are in their live, raw or sprouted form, Supplementing with digestive enzymes is also an option if digestion is impaired.

If you make healthy lifestyle choices, such as watching your weight, exercising, and not smoking, your digestive system will serve you better through the years. But if you experience intestinal problems that persist, be sure to talk to your doctor and seek treatment to return you to healthy digestion.

35 Comments Add yours

  1. Arun Arpan says:

    Thanks for this article 😊

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    1. Garima says:

      Very welcome Sir.

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  2. Betul Erbasi says:

    Nice points! I find yogurt especially helpful with digestion and stomach acid.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Betul. 70 percent of a person’s immune system is in the gut; β€œHealthy bacteria, such as the probiotics found in healthy yogurt, are the gut’s first line of defense,” she said. The American Gastrointestinal Association recommends yogurt for digestive health and to ease constipation, diarrhea, and other intestinal problems.

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      1. Betul Erbasi says:

        Good to know that! Thanks!

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  3. Frank LaManna says:

    don’t we all desire a flatter, tighter waistline..health, sexappeal..πŸ’•πŸ’ͺ

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    1. Garima says:

      Hahahah yes we all have our reasons.

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  4. Frank LaManna says:

    i was doing the lemons in the water for a while that was working good

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Frank, it does help. It’s scientifically proven. Ayurvedic medicine says the sour lemon taste helps stimulate your β€œagni.” In ayurvedic medicine, a strong agni jump-starts the digestive system, allowing you to digest food more easily and helping to prevent the buildup of toxins.

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  5. Aj Ignacio says:

    Chewing the food thoroughly has been one of my priorities πŸ˜…

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    1. Garima says:

      Hahaha yes for most of us. Chewing and saliva break down and mix food together in your mouth. From there, food goes into your esophagus when you swallow. Your stomach holds food while it mixes with enzymes that continue breaking down the food so you can use it for energy.

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      1. Aj Ignacio says:

        Yeah they said that chewing food more enables our body to receive more of its nutrients πŸ˜ƒ

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  6. Overeating is a mistakes that almost all of us do..

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes we are all guilty of that πŸ™‚

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  7. Fuji Rahma says:

    Thanks for the tips information. It’s really helpfull. πŸ™‚

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you found it useful. Thank you.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for the reblog.

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  8. Georganna says:

    Great Read. Very informative.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. I am glad you liked it.

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  9. Alfiano Fong says:

    Thank you!

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it Fong. Hope you found it useful as well and might use some of the suggestions. Good Luck.

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    1. Garima says:

      Some of the Indian dishes are very good when it comes to it’s digestion, and it is tasty and healthier too. Naturally fermented food items like curd and buttermilk are rich in probiotics that aid in digestion, making them the most widely consumed accompaniments to heavy Indian meals across the country. In Bihar, mattha or buttermilk spiced with ginger, rock salt

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      1. RPR says:

        Yeah, we do have curd rice in our food in down south. But it is also a fact that few have issues with curd. My niece hates all milk product, she has phobia with white colored dishes. Even I don’t prefer kheer, sewai I eat though. ,,,:D

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      2. Garima says:

        Alright then. I am sure you can find something in your kitchen to help digestion. Mothers can help πŸ™‚

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      3. RPR says:

        Yeah, u r right,

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  10. Great post with a lot of good advice. I need to drink more water, but I have a difficult time working it into my schedule. Any suggestions?

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      1. Awesome. I just added an app to my phone to help.

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