How to improve your digestion
Do you ever feel bloated after eating? We all hate it when that happens, but if we follow some steps and take into account several types of food, we can avoid gases, bloating and stomach pain. Here’s how to improve your digestion.
You might feel uncomfortable or embarrassed if you have bad digestion, but you can actually control it! You have to follow some simple steps and incorporate to your daily habits and you’ll see a difference.
Ways to improve your digestion naturally
- Chew food thoroughly: if there’s something all doctors agree for improving digestion, is the importance of chewing slow and several times. Also, taking small bites is very important. By doing this, you produce more digestive enzymes, you get less gas, less bloat, and absorb more nutrients.
- Eat a high-fibre diet: when you increase your fibre (whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits) you can improve your digestive health. However, it is very important to drink water at the same time. If not, that fibre can become really dense in your digestive system and hard to pass, leading to constipation. Also, it is important that you consume both soluble (oat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumes) and insoluble fibre (wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains).
- Skip bad habits: smoking, excessive caffeine, and alcohol can affect your digestive system and lead to stomach ulcers and heartburn.
- Avoid excessive stress: Too much stress or anxiety can cause your digestive system to go into overdrive. Practice stress-reducing activities that you enjoy and practice them on a regular basis.
- Exercise regularly: Regular exercise helps keep foods moving through your digestive system, reducing constipation. Including exercise in a daily routine will also help your physical health.
So, as we see, you can control your own digestion by changing small things in your everyday routine. In addition, other things that have a positive influence over digestion are eating foods low in fat, eating lean meats and staying hydrated.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Although we can control our digestion in order to improve it, there is a chance that if you constantly feel bloated and have diarrhea and severe abdominal pain, that you may suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This can provoke inflammation, chronic fatigue, weight loss and or cramping.