Need ways to improve digestion?
The digestive tract is a large muscle in which our food travels through in order to be broken down into much needed nutrients that is required by the body . Unfortunately, many people make this process harder than it really needs to be by eating on the run, not chewing properly etc. Which in turn has significant consequences on our overall health.
Therefore we have put together some simple ways to improve your digestion:
1. Hygiene– Make sure that all utensils that are used to prepare your food are clean, aswell as the utensils used for eating. Don’t forget to wash your hands before eating!
It is best to eat food that has not been left in open air for too long.
2. Salt– Start your main meals with a pinch of salt. Salt stimulates the appetite and helps in detoxifying the bowels. Hence, activating the stomachs defence mechanisms.
3. Fruit– Eating Fruits before meals activates the digestive enzymes aswell as acting as an appetiser by promoting salivary excretions to begin the digestive process. On the other hand, eating fruits after meals causes the fruit to ferment in the stomach.
4. Posture– Ensure proper posture while eating, avoid slouching and laying down.
5. Food Combinations– Choose your food combinations wisely e.g Fish and milk in one meal results in protein overload. Rather try to combine foods which compliment each other.
6. Water– Water intake is best before and during meals and not immediately after. Adequate water flushes waste and toxins and helps to regulate bowel movements. However, drinking water immediately after eating disrupts the balance in the viscosity of digestive enzymes.
7. Chewing thoroughly– The more your food is mechanically broken down by your teeth, this will make the digestion and absorption process faster and easier. Savouring your food sends signals to the brain indicating the quantity that has been eaten. Therefore, preventing over indulgence.
8. Walking-Taking at least 40 steps after each meal promotes the stomachs peristalsis, which is the movement of the muscle that moves the food through the intestine. Aswell as activating the flow of any stagnant exogenous factors e.g build up of winds causing bloating after meals.