How To Help Your Digestion
How To Help Your Digestion
If you’ve experienced bloating or discomfort after eating, you might wonder what is going on in your digestive system! Actually, the health of our digestive processes is really important. Digestive issues can be uncomfortable, so it’s good to know what you can do to help things along.
Try out these simple tips to keep your digestive health in check:
Drink more water
Hydration is one of the most important ways we can assist our body, including the digestive process. Water can help your body to digest food and move the nutrients through your digestive system. Not to mention drinking water boosts our natural detoxification process and can reduce the chance of constipation.
Take smaller bites
Before it hits your stomach, the process of breaking down food has already begun. By taking smaller bites, the enzymes in our saliva have more time to break down the food you’re ingesting. You can reduce the amount of work your stomach has to do by taking in smaller portions of food and chewing them thoroughly.
Swap your coffee for tea
As tasty as that second cup of coffee might be, it can have negative effects on your digestion. Drinks high in caffeine can lead to increased levels of stomach acid, which may cause indigestion or an upset stomach. Try swapping coffee for green tea; it can help with digestive problems and is high in antioxidants.
Eat more fibre
Diets that are high in fibre can help your digestion as fibre keeps food moving through the digestive tract. The main role of fibre-rich foods is to keep the digestive system healthy, so not eating foods with sufficient fibre may lead to constipation. Water helps fibre-rich foods to pass through your system easier, as we’ve touched on already. Lots of women are not getting enough fibre in their diet, so make sure your diet includes adequate fruit, vegetables and grains.
Eat real foods
Highly-processed foods can slow down the natural digestive process, which may lead to bloat or constipation. Try to avoid eating foods that are high in refined sugar, salt and processed oils; these provide your body with little nutritional value and may even cause your digestive system to work harder.
Add probiotics or fermented foods to your diet
Probiotics exist naturally in your stomach. Their role is to help balance the level of good bacteria in your gut. For a natural source of probiotics, you can eat plain Greek yoghurt. You can also try eating fermented foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut or kefir.
Stress can affect your body in a range of ways, including messing with your digestion. With increased stress, the digestive system can go into overdrive. Your nervous system can also affect the contractions of your digestive muscles, which may lead to indigestion or nausea. Try to manage your stress levels with gentle exercise, meditation or mindful breathing.
Get regular exercise
Exercise can help to improve digestion and the natural elimination process by stimulating intestinal muscles, which helps food to pass through the digestive system. Other gentle exercises, such as yoga, can also help to reduce any bloating and encourage better digestion.
It’s true what they say — good health really does come from within. An overworked or overloaded digestive system can make you feel really uncomfortable. Try following these tips to give your digestion a helping hand.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.