Talk about health and the first things that are talked about the most are the heart health, liver, brain and bones and then further other organs of the body. The topic of digestion gets pushed to the far end and it does not get its due attention. In fact, many people start assuming that digestive disorder, if any, is just normal and completely ignore it assuming that the system will repair by itself. Wrong! A poor digestive track hampers with the other body functions as well. Take charge of the health of your digestive system and you will reap the benefits of a healthy body and overall well-being.
Small proactive changes in your lifestyle and diet today that support your digestion will gift you a healthy life tomorrow. Ensure the following
Chew Your Food Well
The process of digestion starts from the mouth. How well do we acknowledge it? We simply give its important role a miss. Saliva is a great amalgam of electrolytes, enzymes and hormones that are fundamental in breaking down and digesting the starches. Unless we chew our food well, our brain will not trigger the salivary amylase. Thus, the undigested starches entering the small intestine welcome unhealthy bacteria.
Up the Probiotics
Maintaining the good bacteria- harmful bacteria balance in the gut is very important for good health. Add probiotics to your platter and usher in good bacteria. Again, fermented foods being the ”pre-digested” ones enhance the beneficial bacteria and aid in digestion to ward off unwanted pathogens in the GI tract. Add foods like kombucha, sauerkraut and coconut keifer to your daily diet. You are sure to find a good change in your overall health.
Even if you eat the healthiest of foods but do not move around much, you are abusing your body by not giving it a chance to digest the food. Sedentary lifestyle one of the root causes of digestive disorders. Dedicate at least 30 minutes daily to activities like walking, dancing, swimming, or aerobics. If you have a super busy schedule, do not miss on simple body movements like climbing the stairs rather than take the elevator or walk to work or take a stroll during your lunch break.
Choose Squatting over Sitting
This traditional method of releasing the body toxins had some logic in it. There is age-old evidence that squatting in the bathroom is not only natural and highly efficient way to avoid the digestive disturbances but also to stay away from hemorrhoids. Unless you are pregnant or have bone issues where you have been advised to not squat, get a squatty potty to enhance bathroom posture.
Consume Bone Broth
Bone broth aids in digestion and helps to heal the gut. Bone broth contains gelatin, which is a hydrophilic colloid. It helps hold digestive juices and seal the gut. Homemade bone broth is a great nutrient dense food. Besides, it is quite inexpensive to prepare. Broth contains minerals, amino acids glycine, proline, and gut-soothing gelatin. Broth’s natural hydrophilic colloid content in gelatin aids in soothing the digestive track and progresses nutrient absorption. The digestive juices are bound well and the gut health remains intact.
Apart from the above simple measures, ensure that you stay well hydrated. Finally, even if you are careful on choosing the right foods ensure the way in which you consume them. Eat in a relaxed environment. Concentrate on what you eat rather than get distracted by reading emails or watching TV when eating.