by Nicole Boisvert, certified holistic nutritionist, community engagement coordinator, mom
Having great digestion is so incredibly important for your overall health. After all you are what you digest and not just what you eat. Unfortunately poor digestion is very common and can lead to vitamin, mineral deficiency and also to many disease conditions such as allergies, acne, eczema, bloating, weight gain, chronic fatigue, IBS, and candida and much more. Consider the tips below for better digestion. You’ll be glad you did.
Ten areas to consider:
1. Eat more frequent, smaller meals - If good digestion is an issue for you this strategy will take the stress off your system. Eating large meals is more difficult for your body to work through.
2. Ease up on the hard to digest foods - Some foods are more difficult to digest then others, such things as meat, dairy, alcohol, processed foods and bad fats are major culprits.
3. Take small sips of room temperature water while eating – Flooding the food in your stomach dilutes the necessary acid and enzymes for proper digestion. Small sips are okay. Drink the majority of your fluids away from meals.
4. Eat fermented foods – Fermented foods are your friends when it comes to great digestion. The beneficial bacteria and the easier to digest nature of the food will keep your digestion system moving right along.
5. Eat more fiber - Both soluble and insoluble are necessary to create bulk and to hold moisture for proper elimination. Regular elimination ensures anything the body does not need is not sitting around and toxifying your system.
6. Probiotics – Along with fermented foods probiotics are a great way to improve and maintain your digestive health and your health in general. Speak to one of our knowledgeable staff to discover the right type for you.
7. Support your liver - The liver plays a very important role in digestion and will serve you well if you are providing everything is needs to perform well. Warm lemon water in the morning, green leafy vegetables, foods high in antioxidants and herbs such as dandelion, burdock, milk thistle, turmeric and globe artichoke are key to a happy liver.
8. Try out tea - Peppermint and chamomile teas are good choices for digestion as they have been shown to have beneficial effects by helping to relax the stomach, reduce gas, bloating and indigestion.* Check with your health care provider on this one if you have a pre-existing digestive issue as some herbals may not be appropriate.
9. Manage stress – This is a key factor in all manners of health and equally so for digestive issues. Keep meal times peaceful and relaxed for better digestion.
10. Exercise – This is really important especially if your issue is around elimination. Exercise gets all systems moving more quickly. Remember to stay well hydrated during exercise.
And finally, pay attention to the cues your body is giving you. Consult your healthcare provider if your issues persists.