Exercise plans and workout schedules all focus on the muscles that we can see. However the muscles and organs that we can’t see are equally important.
As always, prevention is far better than cure, so here are five ideas for getting your digestive tract fitter and healthier.
Dietary fibre doesn’t provide any actual nutrition, but it is nonetheless essential for a healthy digestion. Fibre is found in vegetables (especially root vegetables and leafy greens), cereals and legumes.
We all do it, but eating while glued to a screen or chatting on the phone is not a good idea. Mindful eating gives food the attention it deserves, which is a good way to prevent overeating. Slow down and give your appetite time to catch up – a perfect way for natural portion control.
At the risk of sounding like grandma – chew, don’t inhale! Proper chewing of food kick starts the digestive process. This is because saliva contains enzymes that start to break down food, and the act chewing also alerts your stomach that food is on the way.
We may not have voluntary control over our digestive muscles, but exercise can still help. Movement of any sort, and abdominal exercises in particular can really help to keep digestion moving. Certain yoga poses are thought to assist with stomach troubles, so give those a try too.
We should all eat a wide variety of foods, but for some of us there are foods that need to be off the menu. Allergies and intolerances are a nuisance, but eating things that make you ill is even more so.
Fortunately most of us are the omnivores that we evolved to be, but if you think something is disagreeing with you it is important to take advice. Intolerance testing usually needs you to be eating the suspect food, so test first before cutting anything out – this is particularly important if you suspect issues with gluten.
Look after your digestive system – it is the only one you get!
I think knowing your digestion is a good one. We all have different triggers and it's taken several years for me to figure out exactly how to eat to feel ok (and how to feel bad!)
we don't talk about it - but believe me, stomach troubles are anything but a joke. There's good advice here.