The reason gut health is so important is because weak digestion could cause a bump (literally so!) on your way to well-being. Good digestion can be key to balanced weight, great energy levels, radiant skin and of course, a flat belly.
How to Improve Digestion Naturally
1. Eat only when you are hungry
If you force food down your system just because it is lunch hour, you are obviously going to gain weight but you will face digestive issues like bloating and discomfort. Your stomach will need to truly empty for your digestive enzymes to be available for processing food.
You must draw a clear line when it comes to eating out of necessity and eating out of habit. Ensure that there is a gap of 3-4 hours between meals so that they are thoroughly digested.
2. Don’t drink cold liquids with your food
Many of us are guilty of drinking a cold, sugary soda or juice as an accompaniment to our meals. However, the cold energy of the drink dampens our digestive fire. Also, cold water takes longer to digest than warm water. The body has to work extra hard to absorb it which will slow down the rate of digestion.
Ideally, you must stay hydrated so that your food passes through your digestive system easily. But pass on the chilled beverage. Instead, sip on warm water throughout your meals to avoid digestive issues and make you feel fuller, faster.
3. Eat fresh
Ayurveda has a simple principle: Fresh food will make you feel fresh too. Stale food is without life force (prana), and it can leave you feeling like you are carrying deadweight. If you regularly eat leftovers or frozen foods, then you are bound to have digestive disorders. Spend a while in cooking fresh meals for yourself and eat warm.
4. Take your time while eating
There is much wisdom behind the belief that you need to chew slowly. Enzymes that are all-important for the chemical conversion of food are present right in your saliva. When saliva mixes with your food, it makes your stomach’s job easier. The simple rule is that your teeth should do the heavy lifting instead of your belly.
Eating should be a sensory delight! You must appreciate the smell, appearance, texture and taste of your food for your body to appreciate it too. When you take the time to really enjoy your food, you will see that you are a whole lot more satisfied.
5. Cleanse your system periodically
Doing a detox or cleanse is one of the most powerful ways to reset your digestive fire. Ayurveda respects the natural intelligence of your body. You could go on a juice fast for a day during the week or eat a mono-diet with nourishing kitchari. A more intense seasonal cleanse could be done by following the cycle of the year or do an Ayurvedic Panchakarma. This could be done as a cleansing routine once or twice a year.