By Angela Hartley on 07 October 2021
Why improve your digestion?
If your digestion is working optimally, you could expect to feel great and have a light body, regular bowel movements, positive mood and strong immune system. If your digestion is sluggish, you may feel heavy, gain weight, and experience symptoms like bloating, flatulence, irritation or pain. Certain foods have a positive effect on your digestion and others have a negative effect. A good way to work out which foods make you feel good and which don’t is to keep a 7 day long food and symptom diary.
A healthy gut is a happy gut
Gut bacteria play an important role in human health, such as supplying essential nutrients, synthesizing vitamins, aiding in the digestion of fibre, and promoting angiogenesis and enteric nerve function. However, they can also be potentially harmful due to the change of their composition when the gut ecosystem undergoes abnormal changes in the light of the use of antibiotics, illness, stress, aging, bad dietary habits, and lifestyle. Dysbiosis of the gut bacteria communities can cause many chronic symptoms such as bloating, gas, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Tips To Improve Digestion
Avoid alcohol, aspirin and NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen
They are well-known irritants of the bowel lining. They can damage the seals between cells, allowing some substances to pass through the gaps and into the bloodstream and in some cases, cause ulcers.
Increase your fluid intake
Aim to drink at least 1.5l-2l of water per day. Add in a squeeze of lemon which can help to improve digestion. Other drinks that can help to soothe the digestive tract include peppermint tea, nettle tea and grated ginger in warm water.
It can have a negative impact on your digestion. Have a massage or try yoga or meditation. Get out into nature without your phone or try sitting down in a quiet space and listening to what’s going on around you. Some great Mindfulness Apps include Headspace and Calm.
Regular exercise can help aid digestion
Daily walking is fantastic for helping to improve bowel motility and ‘get things going’. Aim to walk for at least 30 minutes every day.
Make a large delicious salad
Enjoy with a mix of digestion-friendly nutrients. Make it bright with a range of coloured vegetables and fruits!
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