Do you often feel bloated, uneasy or just uncomfortable especially after a heavy meal? Are you looking for ways to improve digestion naturally at home while getting rid of that icky feeling?
Look no further, here are 5 natural and effective ways to speed up digestion that will leave you and your gut feeling lighter and happier.
You know how you’ve been told growing up, chew 32 times for each of your teeth? Well there is some merit to that. The first step in improving your digestion is to chew food properly, this not only helps break down food into smaller pieces, but also helps mix it with saliva, which contains enzymes that break down the carbohydrates and sugars. So, slow down, enjoy your meal and chew your food well, before swallowing.
Fibre- your gut’s BFF
Fibre is a superhero when it comes to digestion. Helping regulate bowel movements and relieves and prevents constipation.
Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are excellent sources of fibre and should absolutely not be skipped from your daily diet. However, remember to start with smaller portions to avoid bloating or discomfort.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Drinking enough water is of utmost importance when it comes to digestion as it keeps the food moving smoothly through your digestive tract and prevents constipation. You can also add some lemon or lime to your water for a tangy surprise and an extra boost to your digestion.
Exercising on a regular basis helps keep your body fit and in shape, and it also improves digestion. Exercising or any sort of movement/physical activity increases blood flow to your digestive system, which stimulates the intestinal muscles to move food through your system more quickly and efficiently. Even a quick walk after a meal can help boost your digestive system.
Stress can wreak havoc in your life and on your digestive system. When stressed, the body goes into "fight or flight" mode, which slows down digestion leading to constipation or other indigestion issues. Try to eat in a calm, stress-free environment and take a few deep, relaxing breaths before and after each meal.
Incorporate these tips into your daily routine, and you'll be on the way to a happier, healthier gut.
Bonus Tip! Incorporating digestive supplements into your diet will help balance the good bacteria in your gut microbiome and promote healthy digestion. You can find probiotics in fermented foods like yoghurt, kimchi, or take supplements.