5 Ways to Get Your Digestion on Track
In a perfect world, your body would be firing on all cylinders with every system doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. But it’s not – and life happens!
Whether you are a time-crunched professional or a busy parent wrangling kids, occasional digestive issues can impact your daily routine in a big way. Not only can these issues be inconvenient, but they also can be downright uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Below we’ve gathered five proven ways to get your digestion back on track. Give them a try, and you might just find that your digestive woes are a thing of the past.
(Spoiler alert: they’re easier than you think!)
#1 Boost Hydration
We’ve all heard the adage you are what you eat, but did you know that you’re also what you drink? That’s right, low fluid intake is a common cause of occasional digestive issues.
Experts recommend drinking 1.5 to 2 liters of non-caffeinated fluids daily to keep your digestion up and running. And if you live in a warm climate or exercise strenuously, you’ll want to increase that amount.
If you tire of good old H20, liven things up with herbal teas or sparkling water. You can also boost your daily fluid quota with fruits and veggies that are high in water. Think cucumbers, melons, grapefruit, and tomatoes. Hydration + good gut health can add up to a happier gastrointestinal tract!
#2 Maximize Mindfulness
When was the last time you grabbed a snack or meal on-the-go? Sadly, this grab-and-go mentality can derail your healthy digestive system.
Next time slow your roll and focus on the food. Ditch the devices and actually think about what you’re eating. Pay attention to the food’s taste, texture, and temperature. Your gut will thank you.
And remember when your mom chided you to not gulp down your food and chew it well? Yep, she was right. Chewing food thoroughly breaks it down so everything digests better. Plus, chewing produces saliva, which is needed for proper mixing of food in your digestive tract and stomach.
#3 Get Moving
Exercise has head-to-toe benefits and digestion is no exception. That’s right, regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve digestion.
In a nutshell, exercise and gravity help food travel through your digestive system efficiently. So, it stands to reason that that post-meal stroll may assist your body in moving things quickly along.
One study[i] showed that healthy people who did regular moderate exercise (walking and biking) increased gut transit time by nearly 30%!
Additional research shows that gentle exercise such as yoga, Tai Chi, and even deep breathing can aid digestion, too. Plus, staying active can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which is also useful for digestive health.
#4 Create a Daily Ritual
Try to eat around the same time each day. Your digestive system does best on a schedule.
You see, when you don’t eat at consistent times, your stomach may be overworking, which can result in digestive discomfort.
Also, your night owl tendencies are doing you no favors in the digestion department. Eating late at night and then lying down to sleep can be a recipe for digestion distress. As discussed in #3, your digestive system loves gravity, which helps food move in the right direction.
When you lie down right after a meal (hello post-feast snooze) the contents of your stomach may rebel, causing discomfort. Try waiting three to four hours after eating to go to bed. This will give your body some time to move food from the stomach to the small intestine.
#5 Supplement Wisely
The above tips can be super helpful in addressing digestive health. However, research increasingly shows that digestive enzymes and pre and probiotics can also help with occasional digestive dilemmas.
But it’s crucial to find quality, science-backed dietary supplements that are up to the job at hand.
And speaking of establishing a daily habit, Zenwise® offers a complete line of AVA-certified vegetarian and vegan options to add to your pre-meal routine. The most popular, Digestive Enzymes, supports the digestive system with pre and probiotics and are formulated with DE111® (Bacillus subtilis), a Reliably Alive™ spore-forming probiotic. †
Meanwhile, Digestive Enzymes On-the-Go tins offer all the same gut-loving benefits in convenient portable tins. That means you can maintain a daily ritual to break down the food you need and achieve Digestive Delight no matter where you are. It’s just the boost you’ve been looking for!
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