Beating the bloat this time of year isn’t easy – with the holidays fast approaching we begin eating stuff that isn’t normally in our day-to-day diet.
Cakes, cookies, and other Christmas treats. I would never tell you to skip out on those! But I do want to pass on to you 3 totally free ways to improve your digestion, so you can maintain better gut health no matter what time of year it is.
Before I get going I just want to say that these three strategies have made such a difference for me personally, and I practice what I preach. I’ve been working on my gut health for at least the last year so you guys know I wouldn’t lead you astray!
What is surprising about these three tips is their simplicity. If I can do it, you can do it. Best of all they cost: nothing 😊
- Chew your food – thoroughly! Did you guys know that carbohydrates begin their breakdown process in your mouth? There is an enzyme in your saliva that works to break them down. So the more you get that food mixed around in your mouth, the better! Plus, the more you mechanically break down your food with your teeth, the less work your stomach has to do.
- Chill while you fill.So many of us are used to eating “on the go” in a hurried state. When you eat under stress, all of the blood in your body is sent to your extremities (arms and legs). So of course, the blood isn’t circulating at that time where it should be, which is to your gut! So stop the working, or the running, or the 9 thousand other things you are trying to accomplish during your meal and take the time to simply eat. Relaxing while eating can also help you be mindful about what you are putting in your body, and how much.
- Drink more water. I know I know, you’ve heard this a thousand times before! But have you ever actually done anything about it? So many of us are walking around chronically dehydrated with either no idea, or no will to try. But as a heavy duty coffee consumer I have to say that this change has been paramount for me.Your body needs water to properly eliminate AKA poop. If you aren’t going number two, then food isn’t moving through your intestines and eventually your stomach efficiently. I have been chronically dehydrated for years (YES YEARS) and drinking more water has completely changed the game for me.
*Side note: don’t be drinking water with your meals! I know it is a common thing in this society, but this actually dilutes the hydrochloric acid produced by your stomach, and this acid works so much better concentrated.
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