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10 WAYS TO IMPROVE DIGESTION

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

It seems like everyone these days is looking for ways to improve their digestive health. Between the processed food we consume, the stress we carry, and other poor habits we don't realize are affecting our digestion, it is understandable why. If you are looking to find ways to improve your digestive health then read on to get 10 easy-to-implement tips.


EXERCISE


It takes healthy muscle tone all around the abdomen for food to digest properly. This muscle tone helps move food through your digestive tract. This means that increasing exercise can help improve digestion, even if you don't change what you eat.


DON'T OVEREAT


Overeating 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 to 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 digestive 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 because saliva contains lots of enzymes that aid digestion.


EAT MORE FIBER


Fiber 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 fiber, which absorbs toxins and unneeded cholesterol, and insoluble fiber, 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 foods like sauerkraut or coconut kefir.


BRING IN DIGESTIVE ENZYMES


You need three categories of enzymes: lipase for fat break- down, amylases for carbohydrate breakdown, and protease for protein breakdown. The best source of enzymes is from foods that are in their live, raw, or sprouted form. Supplementing with digestive enzymes is also an option if digestion is impaired.


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