For years I wondered how to get good digestion naturally. After a digestive overhaul in the spring of ’99, I felt like I had my wholeagus in my mouth all the time! It was so much easier to digest the food I ate. And now I’m having one of those days off and the rest of my food is sticking to my stomach.
Unfortunately most of us don’t give our bodies adequate time to digest the foods we eat. So when we eat, we literally chew our food all the way down to where it goes in our stomach. Then we expel that food into our colons. Although that sounds good for our mouths (no more bleeding), for our digestion, that’s not what happens.
I’ve always wondered how to get good digestion naturally since I didn’t have it as a kid. All I could eat were fruit and vegetables. When I was a kid, it was all I could think about. Nowadays, I can tolerate some cooked foods but nothing turns my stomach. My diet has changed dramatically. Here are some tips to help you change your eating habits and eliminate bad habits like overeating, which causes gas and bloating.
First, you need to increase the amount of fiber in your diet. This means eating plenty of leafy green vegetables and whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat bread and oats. You can also get fiber supplements from your local pharmacy or drugstore. Just make sure the food you buy is high in fiber.
Second, watch what you eat. Instead of eating a big meal high in fat and sugar, eat a couple of smaller meals throughout the day. These will help you keep your blood sugar more balanced and help relieve some of the stress of digestion. Eat at a normal pace and don’t eat for two hours after you are finished with your meal. Eat frequent, small meals.
Third, stop consuming processed food. It’s easy to say you’re going to cleanse your digestive system with juice or water but you have to make the commitment to do it. Processed foods are laden with bad fats, sodium, preservatives and sugar that lead to more gas and bloating. Eat more fresh produce, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
Fourth, get rid of food allergies. Some people are allergic to peanuts, eggs and fish. If you’re one of them, avoid these foods until you know you’re clear. If you’re unsure, see a doctor.
Lastly, eliminate bad habits like drinking. Cut out all alcoholic beverages and replace them with filtered water. Eat more fiber to help detoxify and give you a feeling of fullness. Exercise regularly. Doing these four things will lead you on a good track toward getting healthier and eating better again.
Here’s how to get started. First, get rid of the carbonated beverages, coffee and soft drinks in your diet. Instead, drink water. If you can’t get rid of them entirely, try drinking them decaffeinated or with lower caffeine. You’ll be amazed at how this affects your entire body.
Next, change your eating habits. Instead of eating lots of fatty, fried foods, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes (yep, they’re healthy) and grains that are high in fiber. Focus most of your eating on whole grains, bran and other foods rich in nutrients. These kinds of foods are high in antioxidants, which means they fight free radicals that attack your body.
Finally, don’t add any salt to your diet. This can lead to diarrhea and other stomach complications, so keep salt intake to a minimum. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, raw nuts, garlic, seeds and poultry. Stick mostly with organic foods as well, since chemicals can lead to allergic reactions. Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly, and avoid eating too fast. If you must eat fast, do so in small quantities.
As you can see, learning how to get good digestion naturally starts with eliminating bad habits. These are the main culprits when it comes to irritating your digestive system. After you’ve done that, take some time to drink plenty of water, chew your food thoroughly, and exercise. Drinking water is good for your overall health, and exercising will make sure that your digestive system works properly.