5 Ways to Support Digestion

Coming from a history of IBS, I spent a lot of time and energy figuring out ways to correct my daily nagging symptoms.

That meant not only healing my gut, but supporting proper digestion so I could better breakdown food and therefore absorb more nutrients and avoid inflammatory responses caused by a leaky gut.

Here are a few ways that I support my digestive system daily. I recommend giving all of these a try or at the very least starting with one and adding to your digestive support routine in time. These simple tips go a long way especially when practiced regularly.

5 Ways to Support Digestion

1. GINGER

  • Helps to relax the smooth muscles of the digestive tract.
  • Add a 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp. ginger powder to your smoothie or incorporate it into your other meals.
  • Drink ginger tea in-between meals.

2. EAT/DRINK SLOWLY & CHEW THOROUGHLY 

  • Digestion begins in the mouth.
  • Chew your food 20-30 times before swallowing.
  • Sip (don’t gulp) your smoothie. Take at least 20 minutes to consume it.

3. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 

  • Helps prepare the gut for incoming food by releasing enzymes that breakdown food.
  • Add 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar to water and consume 15-20 minutes before your meals.

4. AVOID EATING WHEN STRESSED 

  • Stress compromises your bodies ability to digest food properly.
  • Here are some tips to help: 1. Eat sitting, not standing. 2. Take a few deep breaths before eating. 3. Avoid eating when emotions are strong (sad, angry, excited) and 1-hour before or after a workout. These tips apply to drinking your smoothies as well.

5. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES & BITTERS

  • Try the above suggestions first. If you continue to deal with digestive issues I recommend trying a digestive enzyme like Digestzymes.
  • Digestive bitters can be helpful as well. Just add to water and drink in-between meals.
  • Digestive enzymes are important for the following groups of people: 1. No gallbladder 2. Prior use of antacids (prescription, Tums, Rolaids, etc.) 3. Older adults. 4. Chronic illness or high stress.

Feel free to reach out to me in the comment section below for additional support with your digestive health.

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