Do you know?
According to Ayurveda, 80% of human illness is related to digestion. As the saying goes
“It is not what we eat but what we digest makes us strong”
Well, if you are facing any of the following digestive problems:
- Chronic Constipation
- Stomach Aches
- Irritable Bowel
- Heartburn, etc…
then, this article is especially for you.
Here are the 7 most effective ways to improve your digestion naturally at home.
Chew Your Food
This is the most important, yet most ignored thing.
In today’s hectic life, people hardly chew their food. Our body is designed in such a way that almost 50% of digestion takes place in our mouth. This is where saliva plays an important role. Saliva contains special digestive enzymes which when mixed with food improve your digestion.
Pro Tip: Ideally one should chew at least 25-30 times in one bite. This may feel huge in numbers, but this simple habit can relieve all your digestion problems.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of Water
Drinking water is the most effective way to cleanse the colon and remove toxins from your body. Experts recommend drinking 1.5 to 2 liters of non-caffeinated fluids in a day to prevent constipation.
Also, one should eat fruits and vegetables like, cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon, and muskmelon, which is very high in water content which will help you to fulfill your daily need for fluid.
Pro Tip: According to Ayurveda, water should be consumed in between meals and not with the meals. This is because, if we drink water along with a meal and just after a meal will dilute stomach acid and slow down your digestion process.
Manage Your Stress
There is a famous saying
The gut and brain are closely connected to each other. What hampers your brain may also hamper your digestive system.
Stress can cause many digestion-related problems like chronic constipation, stomach ulcer, and diarrhea. Simple stress management techniques like Yoga and Meditation can help you to reduce your stress.
So, it is very important to manage your stress first. I'll not dig deeper into how to manage your stress naturally. For this, you can refer to this article:
Eat Freshly Cooked Food
Food that we eat makes a huge impact on the digestive system.
According to Ayurveda, one should eat freshly cooked food, because the soon you eat the more nutritious food is.
Also, regular consumption of processed, fried, and refined foods have a tendency to stick on the inner wall of our intestine, making the digestion process very difficult. These are the foods that slow digestion. Instead, choose fiber-rich whole grains like oats, millets, whole wheat, brown rice, and nuts.
It is also recommended to include probiotic food like curd, buttermilk (Lassi) in your daily diet as they increase the good bacteria in your gut, which will improve your digestion.
Seasonal fruits should also be a part of your daily diet to reduce gas, constipation, bloating, and other digestive problems. Apple, Papaya, and Guava are considered to be the best fruits that will help you to digest faster. It will also improve and strengthen your digestive system as they are rich in digestive enzymes and antioxidants.
So, next time when you are in dilemma to choose what to eat, then, choose mindfully.
Regular exercise has a greater impact on your digestive system than any other thing. This simple habit can improve your digestion naturally in an effective way.
Any form of exercise and body movement help the food travel through the digestive tract faster due to gravity. That is why it is recommended by doctors and health experts to go for a wake after your meal.
Exercise also increases the blood flow in the intestine, tones their muscle, and improves the contraction of Intestinal walls when passing stool. Any low-level activity like walking, climbing up the stairs will also have the same result.
Pro Tip: Vajrasana is the most effective yoga posture to get rid of all stomach related problems. It is recommended to sit in Vajrasana for 3 to 5 minutes after meals.
Take Plenty of Fiber
A fiber-rich diet is good for your digestive system. This will enhance the movement of the bowel and help us to release stool easier.
If you are looking for quick relief from constipation and diarrhea, Psyllium Husk is what you need. It is a good source of fiber. Psyllium husk or isabgol is one of the most effective ways to clear the waste from your digestive tract. Have one teaspoon of isabgol mixed in one glass of warm milk, 30 minutes before going to bed at night.
Listen to your Body
Listening to your body is very important if you want to improve your digestion naturally at home. You have to understand your eating behaviors.
Eat only when you are hungry. Also, according to Ayurveda, one should eat mindfully, and less than their hunger. This simple habit can work in your favor.
The Bottom Line
Change in your lifestyle and diet can improve your digestion naturally.
Simple habits like mindful eating, stress management, chewing your food properly, and regular yoga and meditation can improve digestion.
Additionally, you have to quit some bad habits like smoking, drinking too much alcohol, eating junk - can benefit your digestion and your health too.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Ankit Singh
Ankit Singh (author) from New Delhi on February 22, 2021:
Thanks for your compliment, E Randall. I am glad to hear from you.
E Randall from United States on February 22, 2021:
Fantastic article. There are so many other factors that contribute to digestion. It's more than just trying to eat healthy. Thanks for writing this, good job.