When it comes to digestion, there are so many factors at play. Good digestion is not just about the kind of foods you eat, but when and how you eat, too. These tips and tricks can help you on the path to better digestion and help reduce that post-meal bloating.
Chew, Chew, Chew!
It seems simple, but most people do not chew nearly enough before swallowing. Getting your food into smaller particles before it hits your stomach is essential, but often overlooked. Breaking down your food is the first phase of digestion, if you skip this step it means your stomach needs to work twice as hard. When your food hits your stomach, the presence of saliva also triggers the stomach to produce acid and its own digestive enzymes. The more you chew, the more saliva will be present – therefore reducing gas and bloating.
Change your Eating Habits
Do you have the tendency to eat food at your desk or on the run? This can have a big impact on your digestion. Your brain and digestive system are interconnected, so feeling stressed over a deadline or eating your breakfast in morning traffic is going to add to any digestive upsets. Eating in a relaxed environment, free from distraction, will allow you to be more present with the process. This will help you eat more slowly and mindfully. It also means your body will have a chance to prepare for the food that’s on its way.
Consume Natural Foods
Use a whole food diet over one made up of processed foods. Whole foods contain a higher percentage of fiber, which helps your food digest properly. Plus, eating nutrient dense and nourishing foods will give your digestive tract the support it needs. Process foods may contain toxins that can increase the risk of constipation and/or diarrhea, as well as other unfavorable digestive symptoms. Also consider holistic approach to nutrition which has proven to help with digestion.
Water plays a major role in digesting solid food, as well as nutrient absorption. Dehydration can lead to backing up in your gut causing bloating. It is really important to consider your timing when drinking water. Try to avoid liquids half an hour before and after meals. You don’t want to dilute stomach acids that work to break down food, otherwise your digestion will suffer.