5 Tips to Improve Your Digestion
You have likely already heard of popular recommendations to improve your digestion: stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet, use a probiotic if needed. But did you know there are other ways also to improve your digestion? Read on to learn more!
Keep a Food Diary
This is the gold standard recommendation for improving your digestion. Track the types of food you are eating and document any symptoms you feel within a four-hour window of completing your meal.
This data is invaluable. It will provide you with greater insight into any foods that may be affecting your digestion. This allows you to make meaningful changes to your diet instead of blindly making changes and being frustrated by the lack of results.
2. Decrease Intake of Gut Stimulating Food
You may be thinking that all food stimulates the gut, but right now, we are talking about foods that excite the gut, and make it work faster. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol are everyday food items that can hurt your digestion. If you consume these products regularly, consider weaning down your intake and observe how you feel.
A caffeinated tea contains significantly less caffeine than a coffee-based product. It is unlikely any tea is overstimulating your gut, but if you are curious, try to stop drinking for a week and see how you feel.
3. Including whole foods as much as possible
Eating foods prepared at home makes a significant impact on your health and your budget too! Even when we try to pick healthy choices on the road, there will always be unnecessary ingredients that can affect your digestion.
The most common culprits are salt, sugar, and fat, everything that tastes good! But remember that too much of anything is not great for our health, and all three of these ingredients can impact your gut health.
Eating more whole foods also translates to eating whole fruits and vegetables instead of smoothies. After fruits are blended, they lose a significant amount of fibre. Fibre is critical for our gut health, and many Canadians inadvertently follow low-fibre diets.
4. Managing your stress
The functionality of your gut is directly linked to your level of stress. When we are stressed, the gut suffers, and it can not perform at its best.
Too often, people manage the symptoms (bloating, gas, change in bowel movements) but forget to pay attention to the root cause of the problem.
Using physical activity, like pilates, can significantly lower your stress levels and improve your overall digestion.
5. Follow a Regular Eating Schedule
The body likes routine. Eating meals at a similar time every day allows our digestion to remain healthy and efficient.
When there are significant gaps between our meals, we risk arriving at our next meal starving. Then, we overeat, and our digestion suffers.
Try to keep snacks on hand if you know there will be a large gap between your meals for the day. Something small like a handful of unsalted nuts will go a long way! Improving your digestion can have a huge impact on the quality of your life. It is important to know that there are many different ways you can help improve it, and not just by changing what you eat or drink. Here are some other things you might be able to do in order to get relief from digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, gas, indigestion etc. For example; try drinking peppermint tea after meals for relief from stomach discomfort. Eat more probiotic rich foods like yogurt with live cultures which promote healthy gut bacteria growth (probiotics). Keep hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water and avoid carbonated beverages like soda because they often cause bloating due to their high sugar
If you’re looking for a way to improve your digestion, there are many different ways to do so. In this blog post, we have outlined some of the best tips and tricks that will help you get on track with healthier living. We hope these ideas will be helpful in establishing better routines! What advice has helped make your digestive system more efficient? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @HoneywellHeating !