10 Tips to Improve Digestion

11/23/2020


There are many signs your body may not be properly digesting the food you eat, including bloating, feeling full even if you haven't overeaten, gas, heartburn, and undigested foods in your stool,  to name a few. Here you have some very effective recommendations to improve your digestion and overall digestive health


1. Chewing


Chewing is crucial for proper digestion. The more you break down food in your mouth, the less work your digestive system has to do later.


2. Eat plenty of fiber, herbs, and spices


It is important that you eat enough fiber from fruits and veggies to keep your food moving through your intestines easily. Also, herbs such as cilantro, basil, mint, fennel, and spices like turmeric, ginger, and cumin help to secrete digestive juices and enzymes to aid digestion. 


3. Drink plenty of water


Too little water on your diet will lead to a harder stool that is more difficult to pass through the colon. However, to promote easier digestion, drink water apart from meals. If your stomach is full of water, the stomach acids and digestive enzymes will be more dissolve and your stomach will have a harder time breaking down the food.


4. Exercise


Moving your body keeps food moving through your digestive system. Exercise increases blood flow to your organs and engages muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.


5. Eat warm foods


Too much cold food and drinks can impair our spleen function, The spleen works best with the warmth and dislikes the cold, and our digestive enzymes require warmth to break down food properly. 


6. Reduce stress


Stress can lead to digestive problems from gas and bloating to irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers. Staying relax and calm during and after eating is very helpful in promoting optimal digestion of the food you just ate. Additionally,  incorporating stress-relieving techniques like meditation or yoga into your routine will benefit your digestion and your general health. 


7. Quit smoking

Smoking can have a seriously negative impact on your digestive system because it weakens the valve at the end of the esophagus, and this leads to acid reflux and heartburn; it also increases the risk of gastrointestinal cancers.


8. Reduce alcohol intake


Alcohol interferes with stomach acid secretion, stomach muscles, and nutrient absorption, so if you are having some difficulties with your digestion, you could benefit from reducing or eliminating alcohol from your diet could. 


9. Use probiotics


Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help the gut and immune system, promote the release of natural antibodies in the digestive and can ease irritable bowel syndrome. Add some probiotic foods to your diet like natural organic yogurt, kefir, kimchi, or miso. Additionally, supplementing with probiotics could be very beneficial for healing your gut and improve your digestion. 


10. Add Supplements 


Digestive enzymes supplements can improve digestive health, especially for people with inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria), enzyme insufficiency, pancreatic insufficiency, constipation, diarrhea and bloating. Using a broad-spectrum digestive enzyme, until you heal your digestive system, is a good way to facilitate the ability of your body to break down and absorb the nutrients of the food that you eat.  Additionally, if you have problems digesting proteins, like red meat, this can be due to low stomach acid, in this case, apple cider vinegar or Betaine HCL with Pepsin will help you greatly. 



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