Eating gives us energy to go about our day doing work and the things we love. That’s why we need to make sure we are properly digesting the food that we eat. Let’s take a look at some natural remedies for digestion which you can incorporate into your healthy diet.
Natural remedies for digestion
Here are some simple things you can do to aid digestion:
Drink plenty of water
Water has several benefits for the body, one of which is absorbing and breaking down the food that we eat (1). When we are dehydrated, our digestion slows down and it can lead to stomach upset. Adults should aim to drink around eight glasses of water daily (1).
Avoid lying down after eating
When we lie down, the acids involved in the digestive process can keep going back and forth between the throat and stomach, which may cause heartburn (1). Not only does this cause discomfort, it can also hamper our digestive abilities. Avoiding lying down immediately after eating to help you digest food more easily, and evenly distribute the acids needed to digest food (1).
Add prebiotics to your diet
Adding prebiotics to your diet can help improve digestion as they serve as fuel to stimulate the growth of good bacteria in our gut (2). This, in turn, improves our digestion and overall gastro-intestinal health. Foods high in fibre such as bananas, apples, and leafy greens are great sources of prebiotics (2).
Add probiotics to your diet
Probiotics is an umbrella term for all the good bacteria and microorganisms that can be found inside our gut. Adding more probiotics to your diet helps the body fight off bad bacteria and also improve the quality of our digestion. Look to fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, and tempeh for more probiotics. Foods such as yogurt, sourdough, and buttermilk are also good sources for probiotics (3).
Add zinc to your diet
Zinc supports digestive health by boosting the absorption of nutrients and protects the mucosal linings of our intestines (4). Leafy greens and red meats are great sources of zinc.
Consider adding curcumin to your diet
Curcumin is widely known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (5). This component of turmeric helps in supporting digestion and overall digestive health. You can add turmeric to your meals or drink it as tea.
Consider taking supplements
We aren't always able to get all the nutrients we need from a healthy diet alone. In these cases, we can consider taking supplements to bolster our digestive health. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
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*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Vitamin and/or mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
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