When your digestion is not as good as it should be, your body sends you clear signals, such as excessive gas, bloating, high acidity, frequent lose motions, or bowel irregularity. We often assume that these conditions are beyond our control. But the good news is that they don’t have to be. Through a few simple lifestyle changes in diet and physical activity, you can help your digestive system do the job it is meant to do more efficiently: fully deliver and absorb nutrients for overall health and smoothly rid the body of its unwanted waste.
Here are few tips to improve digestion :
- 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 expend 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 pause and reflect, either with blessings or gratitude, you are activating the cephalic phase of digestion. Your brain signals saliva to release and stokes 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 metabolise, 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).