Digestion plays a major role in the absorption of nutrients. It is very important for all kinds of fitness goals; muscle building, weight gain, weight loss, etc. A weak digestive system can cause major health issues If not treated at right time. This article would help you know better about how you can improve your digestive health.
Digestion is a very complex process. Digestion is not only about the stomach, many other body parts are responsible for the digestion process like rectum, small intestine, large intestine, liver, esophagus, salivary gland, and even your teeth. This means the digestion process starts immediately when you chew your food.
Worst Habits that Affect the Digestive System
Here are some worst habits that are destroying your digestive system.
1. Not Chewing Properly
Most of the time, people try to eat food very quickly because of their busy schedules. But they don’t know, this is one of the major reasons for the week digestive system. Because when we eat food without chewing properly, our digestive system gets confused and does not produce the right amount of enzymes to digest food.
Your digestive system has to do more work to digest food because of the low amount of enzymes. And if you continue this habit for a long time, your digestive system gets weaker day by day.
Even your body cannot able to absorb nutrients and minerals of food if you do not chew the food properly. So next time when you are eating food try to chew food 32 times before you swallow.
2. Taking Bath Immediately After the Meal
Our body needs more energy and more blood flow near the stomach area to digest food, and our body temperature increases when our body digests food.
But when we take bath immediately after the meal, our body temperature decreases, and the blood flow in the stomach area also decreases. this is not good for your digestive system.
So next time, either take bath before meals or wait for at least 1 hour after meals.
3. Drinking Chilled Water
Chilled water contracts our blood vessels, and contracted vessels lead to improper blood flow.
Proper blood flow is very important for our digestive system. Improper blood flow leads to a bad digestive system.
So next time, avoid chilled water and drink room temperature water.
4. Irregular Timing and Skipping Meals
Irregular timing of meals leads to slow metabolic rate and many digestive problems.
And if you skip meals, then your cortisol levels start increasing. High cortisol levels lead to stress in your body.
High-stress levels negatively affect your health and also makes your digestive system weak.
So, do not skip your meals and plan a proper schedule for your meals.
And manage your stress levels. Try meditation, because it is one of the best way to manage your stress levels.
5. Drinking Water Immediately After Meals
Do not drink water immediately after meals. Because water dilutes your digestive juices. Dilute digestive juices make your digestion process slow.
Digestive juices play an important role in the digestion process. Without digestive juices, food does not digest properly.
So, drink water at least after 30-45 minutes of having food. Or drink water before meals.
6. Wrong Eating
Wrong eating means having spic, oily, junk and stored food on daily bases.
If you have this habit, I highly recommend you replace this habit with healthy foods. Because wrong eating can badly damage your digestive system.
So, have fresh food and choose healthy food options.
Symptoms of a Weak Digestive System
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the belly
- Swallowing problems
Home Remedies to Improve Digestion
Here are some home remedies to improve your digestion. Pick 1 or 2 remedies and add them to your diet.
Triphala Powder (three fruits) with Lukewarm Water
If you follow this remedy for 30 days, you will feel improvement in your digestive system. This remedy also improves your eye and brain health.
Jeera (Cumin seeds) Water
Mix Jeera (Cumin seeds) in water and boil it. And take it in the morning. This remedy will help you to improve your digestion.
Haldi (turmeric) Milk
Haldi (turmeric) milk is very beneficial for your digestive system.
Add some turmeric in boiled milk, and mix it properly. Then drink it
Ajwain or Sauf (Fennel) After Meals
Make a habit of taking ajwain or sauf after the meal. Because ajwain and sauf help your digestive system to digest food.
Try to add coconut to your diet. You can drink coconut water or eat raw coconut or add coconut oil to meals. Because coconut is very good for your digestion.
Amla and Aloe Vera Juice
Amla and aloe vera juice help to extract toxins from your body and make the digestion process smooth.
Mix amla and aloe vera juice in lukewarm water. And take it in the morning.
Small Changes in Lifestyle
Here are some good habits, that will help you to achieve a healthy digestive system
Drink Enough Water
Drink At least 8-12 glasses of water in a day. because water helps to breakdown food, and it is very important for digestion. Your body can not digest food if food is not broken properly.
Physical activities are also very important for your digestion. You can choose any physical activity, this can be any thing like gym, yoga, walk, dance.
Good Quality Sleep
Many people do not take enough sleep because of their busy lifestyle, but sleep is one of the major factors that affect your overall health.
Good and quality sleep helps to lower your stress levels and maintain a healthy metabolic rate. And it improves your digestion.