Earlier it was a saying that “you are what you eat but now it’s changed to “you are what you eat, digest and absorb”.
You know what a complete waste of time, money, health, energy is???
Eating food which will not even give you nutrition that it actually contains. It doesn’t matter whether you are eating a properly balanced diet, mostly organic food, all your vitamins, minerals, protein supplements and everything that your body needs daily for nourishment, if the food that you are eating is not getting digested properly then it’s a total waste. Your digestion should not be poor at all for the proper bodily functions.
How to know whether your digestive system is good or not?
If after eating the food you start feeling bloating or facing problem in the bowel movements in the morning then it is something you need to check where you are lacking in the diet and how to fix it otherwise down the line you will have to face serious health problems.
Consequences of poor digestion:
Poor digestion may lead several dysfunctions in a healthy person’s body like
- Inflammation in the digestive tract.
- Weaken the immune system.
How to fix such a problem?
Chewing the food properly
The process of digestion starts from the moment food enters our mouth. The saliva helps to breakdown the food, this is also called pre-digestion. But the mistake that people often do is they do not chew down the food properly, leading to improper digestion.
Drinking enough water
That’s right people drinking enough water helps to dissolve the fats and soluble fibre that allows food to pass through the intestine more easily, it also softens the stool and prevents the problem of constipation. Make sure that you are drinking enough water in a day.
Eating enough fiber in the diet
This is something very important for us to keep a check on fiber intake in our diet. The fibre helps the food move along the large intestine more easily and adds bulk to the stool. Keeping a check on soluble and non-soluble fibre (keep the topic for some other day) in the diet can help a person to fix the problem of poor digestion and to get rid of constipation
Sources of soluble fiber and insoluble fiber are oats, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruits, etc. Adding vegetables and fruits to your diet provide you with all the micronutrients which further helps in the breakdown of food and your body absorbs the nutrients in a better way.
Avoid processed food
A diet which consists of more processed food such as bread, fruit juice, Maggi, etc. generally contain a very less amount of fiber and high in sugar which causes a spike in your insulin levels also. Lack of fiber in processed food create many digestive problems such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, etc.
We know that doing exercises regularly is good for our health but more than that it also helps to improve our digestive issues. A walk of just 10 minutes after a meal help food travel through your digestive system and ease in bowel movements which prevents constipation.
Quit smoking and alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption on a regular basis creates a direct conflict in your body, it messes-up with the acid secretion inside the stomach and thus leads to poor digestion. Quitting alcohol and smoking can have a positive effect on your gut.
You can easily fix your poor digestion by making simple modifications in your lifestyle and eating habits.
As we always talk about investing today in our health will reap tons of benefits down the line