FEELING BLOATED?

By Marnie Macklin

FEELING BLOATED? HERE ARE 3 SIMPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTION .

SIT DOWN, CHEW YOUR FOOD & RELAX DURING MEAL TIMES

Be present and be mindful. Simple, and yet so often forgotten. Did you know digestion starts before you even take your first bite? The sight and smell of food activates your salivary glands in preparation for that delicious homemade meal. Chewing and saliva then break down and mix the food together in your mouth ready for an eagerly awaiting stomach. Eating quickly increases the amount of air and size of the food swallowed & since the stomach is not designed to digest larger pieces of food, you are more likely to experience bloating, indigestion and discomfort.

SIP ON WARM DRINKS

Ice cold water, although beneficial to boost your metabolism first thing in the morning, is not ideal for digestion. The cold slows down the digestive process by constricting blood flow to the stomach and intestines & interferes with stomach acid production. Room temperature and warm water have the opposite effect, increasing circulation and encouraging proper digestion. So, what’s the golden rule? Always stick to smaller amounts during meals as all fluids in large quantities will dilute digestive juices. Filtered water or herbal tea are the best choices rather than caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks.

DON’T EAT LATE AT NIGHT

Your digestive fire is strongest during daylight hours, and becomes weaker as the sun sets. At night your whole body needs time to rest and repair itself. Food interrupts this cycle. When you eat late, your digestive system doesn’t produce enough enzymes and digestive juices to metabolise your food well. The food sits in your stomach and this can disturb your sleep, make you feel fatigued and bloated in the morning. It can also make you foggy in the head and a bit grumpy.

Remember, you are what you ‘digest’ and every meal is an opportunity to nourish your body.

Slow down, take a breath and show your plate some love, you will only benefit. 

Marnie Macklin

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