Welcome to Part 3 of Calming the Digestive Storm!
Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at how a few simple dietary and lifestyle changes can have a BIG impact on improving digestion. Small steps like getting more whole foods, chewing properly, including probiotics, boosting stomach acid, increasing fiber, and getting plenty of water can work to improve undesirable digestive issues. If you missed out on the previous weeks’ content, you can read Part 1 here and you can read Part 2 here.
I see so many people with digestive issues in my coaching practice. Things like diarrhea, constipation, pain, gas, bloating, colitis, heartburn, and acid reflux don’t have to be the norm!
Let’s take a moment and look at three more tips to help improve digestion.
Move your body! Food moves through our digestive system as a result of muscular contractions called peristalsis. In order for our food to digest properly, our abdominal muscles need to be toned and fit. We can support optimal digestion by getting regular exercise because exercise stimulates peristalsis and helps our food move through our digestive system smoothly. Even just taking a 15 minute walk a couple times a day can help the digestive system work optimally.
Eat smaller meals. Have you ever been exhausted because you’ve worked too hard for too long? I bet we all know what that feels like! The digestive system gets exhausted when it’s overworked, too. When we eat too much, then our digestive system is stressed because our bodies are using up so much energy, trying to utilize all those nutrients all at once. To avoid overeating, try slowing down and paying more attention to when you feel satisfied, not full. See if you can stop eating when you are 3/4 full to help your digestive system work more efficiently.
Consider using digestive enzymes. Did you know we need certain enzymes to break down the protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our food? Enzymes are found in our saliva (which is why it’s important to chew food well) and also in foods that are raw, live, or sprouted. As we age, our bodies produce fewer enzymes, resulting in issues like bloating, constipation, cramping, gas, and heartburn. Getting more fresh vegetables is one way to get more digestive enzymes into our systems and experience digestive relief. Some people even supplement with digestive enzymes in capsule form, which can be found at most health food stores.
Which of these tips would you like to try out? Which ones do you already follow? We are all unique in our bio-individuality, meaning some of these tips will work beautifully for you and some of them won’t.
Support = Success.
I want to help you figure it out. I want to help you put into practice the steps that will support your success with digestion. This year I’ve been working with clients who have found relief from bloating, constipation, chronic diarrhea, acid reflux, and more. These clients now feel more energetic, less tired, and more mentally alert.
If you’d like personal support with improving your digestion, then please reach out. I invite you to contact me for a complimentary one on one Discovery Session where we will talk about your challenges, get clear on your goals, and identify your next steps.
Calming the Digestive Storms (Part 3)