10 Tips for Improved Digestion
Updated: Jul 9, 2019
The best diet in the world won’t do much good if you’re not digesting and absorbing those wonderful nutrients. Read on to improve your digestive function.
In a previous post, we provided our top 10 tips for a healthy diet. Well done if you’re already doing them! But while a healthy diet is fantastic, and will definitely improve your health outcomes, it can only do half the job if your digestive system isn’t working properly.
Bloating, gas, burping, feeling tired after eating, feeling itchy after eating, skin reactions after food, mood changes after food – these are all signs that if the food itself isn’t to blame, it’s likely that your digestive organs aren’t functioning as well as they should.
Without further ado, here are our top 10 tips for improving your digestion.
1) Stay hydrated.
2) Don’t stress. Or get anxious. (Easily said…)
3) Be mindful when you eat. Sit down and pay attention when you’re eating. Chew your food well. Don’t eat on the run, don’t have the TV on, and don’t be arguing with your family.
4) Take herbal bitters or a digestive tonic before eating.
5) Don’t eat when you’re not hungry. Don’t eat out of boredom, procrastination, or other emotional trigger. (If you “never get hungry” or don’t have an appetite, see point 4).
6) If you are hungry, eat!
7) Don’t overeat. (See point 3).
8) Eat a healthy well-balanced diet, avoiding those foods you know you’re sensitive to.
9) Whatever you do, don’t EVER feel guilty about what you’re eating. If you’re going to eat junk food, you might as well enjoy it! Otherwise it really is a waste, and those guilty emotions will find a way to make you ill.
10) Defecate when you feel the urge. Preferably in the squatting position.
That’s it! 10 simple rules to improve, and maintain, your digestive function. If you’d like to know more, take a look at our nutrition courses.
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