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
- 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 enzymes are important for people who fall into one or more of the following groups: 1. No gallbladder 2. Prior use of antacids (prescription, Tums, Rolaids, etc.) 3. Older adults. 4. Chronic illness or high stress.
- Digestive bitters can be helpful as well. Just add to water and drink in-between meals.
For optimal digestion. Say goodbye to gas & bloating after meals or that feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.