Six Tips To Improve Digestion And Shift Weight
Modern lifestyles can slowly kill us. The strains and increasing momentum of daily life means meals are being snatched on the run and rushed down. We are racing through our meals in a desperate attempt to fit everything into our day and the knock on effects on our digestion can be storing up health problems for the future.
In the short term, digestive problems can lead to low energy, concentration and weight problems and in the longer term can be the cause of many abdominal problems like acid reflux, abdominal pain and inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infections, hyper sensitivity- allergies and colon and bowel disease.
If you want to avoid illness and keep yourself in tip top condition then you need to take a look at your digestion and take steps to improve it. There are some simple steps you can take to help.
First off, concentrate on what you are eating and chew your food. This has long been known to help digestion and weight issues. Take smaller bites and chew slowly. If you eat in front of the TV, switch it off and concentrate. It won’t take up much more of your time but keeping an eye on what you eat and eating it slowly will mean that you digest the food properly, as your saliva gets the chance to produce enzymes which act on the food and chewing slowly gives the signal that you are starting to feel full so the knock on effect on your waistline will be significant.
Next, examine the amount of fiber in your diet and take steps to increase it. You may well already know that fiber is good for you but haven’t really taken active steps to eat more of it. It isn’t hard. Fiber is an essential tool in the digestive process, it helps to cleanse the gut by keeping food moving through it. Most of us just don’t get enough and you can help yourself by increasing the levels by eating fiber rich foods like apples, strawberries, dates prunes figs, brown rice, and chick peas to give just a few examples.
Fiber makes you feel fuller for longer so aids in healthy eating and weight loss and cleanses the internals enabling you to minimize the risk of colon and bowel diseases.
On the same lines increase the levels of beans and legumes in your diet. These are an easy way to introduce healthy fiber and vitamin rich additions to your eating regime and canned beans are fine.
Flaxseeds are another food type to consider bringing into your diet. It is a gentle laxative and can thus aid your digestion. It has also been found to help with some symptoms of the menopause in women so again it is a multi-functional item with great health properties. Its not the most tasty of foodstuffs but ground up and sprinkled on your foods gives you all help you need without actually having to taste it! If you have a tendency to constipation then flaxseeds will assist that and other intestinal problems like irritable bowel, and will also soothe any associated inflammation
You can increase the levels of good gut bacteria that is the probiotic bacteria which help to maintain intestinal health. Some levels of good bacteria can be found in good quality yoghurt and there are many supplements available to increase these and those containing acidophilus and bifidobacteria are particularly widely available. These can help with the following types of conditions like
- IBS or irritable bowel syndrome
- Constipation and diarrhoea
- Yeast infections
- Stomach bloating
Other supplements like digestive enzymes can help to boost the body’s digestive enzyme supply and alleviate digestive disorders.
As we age, stomach acid levels naturally decline which can cause vitamin deficiency so you may want to think about vitamin b12 supplement to restore those.
Age related problems like arthritis and many digestive issues can be helped by drinking more water. If we keep hydrated many health problems can be avoided and the additional benefits of drinking cold water in particular which acts as an appetite suppressant can also aid in keeping the weight down which in turn can help you avoid illnesses like type 2 diabetes.
If you start to take care of your digestive system now, it will take care of you in the longer term.