5 Simple Habits for Better Digestion

Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Health with 1 Comment

Selene Vakharia | Elephantjournal

vegetables fruitsEating right is about more than just, well, eating right.

You make all the right choices on your plate.

You eat whole foods, lots of vegetables and stay away from processed junk.

You add superfoods to your smoothie and eat the rainbow. You even spend a little extra when possible to keep your diet free of pesticides.

After all, you are what you eat, right?

It turns out that this old adage is only partly true. Even if you’re eating all the right foods, without proper digestion and absorption, it might be going to waste. Putting the right stuff in is the first step, but we then need to be able to break it down and use it.

Feeling bloated or tired after you eat and experiencing uncomfortable gas are some of the key symptoms letting you know that you might not be getting all the nutrients you need in your food. However, with our fast pace of life and the stress most of experience in the day-to-day, it’s a fair bet that all of us could benefit from a better working digestive system.

Fortunately, optimizing your digestion is a few simple habits away:

1. Don’t drink with your meals

Liquid dilutes stomach acid, making it harder to digest proteins in foods. It’s best to wait an hour before and after meals to consume liquids. If you find that you are very thirsty while eating, decrease the salt in your dishes, add more water-rich fruits and vegetables and chew, chew, chew!

2. Simplify with a B complex

Many of the B vitamins play a key role in our ability to metabolize and use carbohydrates. Adding a B complex to your day is an easy way to ensure you are getting enough of these essential nutrients.

3. Be buddies with your bacteria

Our large intestine is filled with friendly flora that help us digest food, absorb certain vitamins and minerals, fight foreign invaders and more.

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