Want Better Digestion? Read these Quick Do’s & Don’ts!
Indigestion is a common problem that affects most of us. All of us have suffered from various indigestion problems – gas, bloating, and acidity at least once. It seems like a minor issue, but indigestion is a major health issue and often leads to more severe health problems. Hence, it is important to take care.
Here’s listing out some quick do’s and don’ts that can help you improve your digestive abilities and avoid indigestion:
- Eat smaller, frequent meals and try to chew the food slowly and thoroughly before swallowing.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight puts pressure on the abdomen, pushing up your stomach and causing acid to back up into the oesophagus.
- Manage stress well. Practice relaxation techniques, like deep breathing, meditation or yoga.
- Get plenty of sleep. Less sleep can cause gastric problems.
- Eat foods containing probiotics, which are good bacteria that can be found in some foods as well as in your digestive tract. Curds, buttermilk, coconut water and bananas have probiotics.
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and not too tight, to allow for free movement of gases in the body.
- Regular exercise helps tackle most minor physical ailments. Yoga is a great way to improve the functioning of your digestive system.
- Eat foods rich in dietary fibre, especially whole grain foods.
- Drink plenty of water, at least 3 liters every day to expel impurities and wash off toxins.
- Avoid fatty and spicy foods, processed foods, carbonated beverages, caffeine, alcohol and smoking.
- Do not lie down immediately after eating. Give a gap of at least 2-3 hours. Stand and walk around to encourage the gastric juices to flow in the right direction.
- Avoid smoking and excess gum chewing, as they cause you to swallow more air.
- Avoid high sodium foods, like salty packaged foods — instant noodles, potato chips, fast foods, etc.
- Avoid drinking too much liquid along with food (water, milk, wine or cold drinks) as it dilutes the digestive juices of the stomach, which hinders the digestive process.