Taking control of your digestive health can help you improve your overall health, well-being and happiness. You can start making simple, proactive changes to your diet and lifestyle today that can benefit your digestive health now, and all throughout your life. Beth Schupanitz, of Inspiring Health Solutions has 10 great ways to improve your digestion!
1. Exercise: It takes healthy muscle tone to help move food through the digestive tract. Increasing exercise can improve digestion, regardless of the food you eat.
2. Show Gratitude: Giving thanks before your meal, will activate the cephalic phase of digestion. Saliva will begin to release and signal your digestive juices to be prepared for incoming food.
3. Don’t Overeat: Too much stress is put on the body when the digestive tract has to process too much food all at once. Overeating uses too many nutrients and expands unnecessary energy.
4. Crowd Out Fake Foods: (processed foods): The body needs to use up it’s own energy in order to metabolize the processed foods, without it being supplied any energy. Eat real whole foods instead.
5. Eat Colorful Fiber: Fiber is necessary to keep your colon healthy. Fiber speeds transit time, dilutes toxins, removes excess cholesterol and removes bad bacteria from the colon.
6. Feed Your Stomach Acid: Low stomach acid is the cause of discomforts such as heart burn, belching or gas, fatigue, headaches and so much more. Gently boost your stomach acid with warm water and fresh squeezed lemon juice or adding in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water each morning.
7. Drink Water: Water is the elixir of life and especially important for the digestion process. Water is needed in the stomach for proper function and for the health of mucosal lining, which supports small intestine bacteria in order to break down and absorb nutrients.
8. Chew Your Food: Digestion begins in the mouth. Gulping or eating too fast doesn’t allow for proper break down of our foods. Saliva produces a lot of enzymes to assist the beginning stages of digestion.
9. Add Probiotics: Adding in raw fermented foods will naturally add in probiotics to help support the digestion system. Probiotics strengthen the immune system, clean up leaky gut, reduce inflammation and so much more.
10: Add Digestive Enzymes: When digestion is impaired adding in digestive enzymes through raw fermented foods and/ or supplemental forms is necessary. For daily preventative measures add in through your foods.
Beth also provides a 7- Day Sugar & Whole Foods Cleanse to give your digestive tract and liver a break, so your body can repair and restore.