5 Tips to Optimize Digestion

I really do believe digestion is key to good health and a good mood!

You just feel more comfortable and have a lot more energy!

Top nutritionist and health and wellness experts say that the digestive system is at the centre of our health and well-being. This could be because better digestion can lead to a stronger immune system, stronger tissues and an improved clarity of perception.  Also, your body is more able to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste, which helps you to glow from the inside out.

So without further ado, here are some of my tips to improve and maintain healthy digestion:

Tip 1) Drink Herbal Tea

One of my favourite herbal teas for digestion (and indigestion) is peppermint tea. The volatile oils in peppermint stimulate the gallbladder to release bile that your body uses to digest food, especially fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach more quickly and is digested through the intestines. I drink it pretty much everyday and like to use loose peppermint tea leaves with a strainer, as well as peppermint tea bags. The teabags are so easy to carry around in your handbag (or manbag), so that your able to have a nice soothing cuppa at work, your friends house or if you’re away from home for a few days.

I also love ginger tea! Ginger can relax the smooth muscle of the intestines, thereby relieving symptoms of bloating and cramping. I like to use fresh ginger because it is so much more beneficial and tastes stronger. I normally grate about an inch, and put it in a tea strainer with some hot water. For a real ginger party, I add some honey and lemon!

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Tip 2) Drink a big glass of water as soon as you wake up 

Drinking water first thing in the morning awakens your organs, fires up your metabolism and helps your body to flush out toxins. Drinking 2 litres of water throughout the day is also really important, as it helps to move things along and assist with detoxification 😉

Tip 3) Do some yoga or simple stretches

Yoga is such a therapeutic way to aid digestion and beat bloating. Yoga combines deep breathing, with stretches that target the abdominal area, and twists that massage out intestinal toxins that may be stuck. So don’t worry if you pass wind in yoga, it’s actually quite positive!

Tip 4) Cut down on wheat, dairy and meat

Wheat, diary and meat are classed as acidic foods and can be hard for our bodies to digest. Our stomachs contain acid already and by eating these foods toxicity can build up in our digestive systems, which can cause heartburn, discomfort and digestive issues.

If you try and focus on natural, whole and plant based foods you will be consuming a more alkaline rich diet, that is a lot easier to digest and is full of fibre. Fibre is an important nutrient for your digestive system, as it creates dynamic movement to help remove waste and acids .

If you love your pasta and noodles like me, try brown rice and buckwheat versions (they taste the same, if not better). You can read more on healthier alternatives in this post > Cupboard Essentials.

Tip 5) Step away from distractions and chew chew chew

Find time to eat without distractions: whether it be stepping away from your computer at work, putting your phone away when your out or turning the telly off at home. It is so important to focus on what your eating and to not eat too quickly. Remember to chew your food and use the enzymes in your saliva to break down what your eating so that it is easier to digest.

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🙂 I hope these tips help and you are able to incorporate them into your life on a daily basis. If you have anymore you would like to share, comment in the box below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much L O V E

 

 

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