The digestive system is arguably one of the most important systems in our body, yet we often neglect it. Not only does digestion distribute required nutrients throughout your body, but they also help your body eliminate harmful toxins.
For most young adults, poor eating habits cause numerous digestive issues. Eating large amounts of junk food leads to low energy levels, physical discomfort, increased physical stress, and even weight gain.
In an ideal world, people would closely monitor their eating habits and ensure that they eat a variety of foods. However, busy schedules often prevent us from eating as well as we’d like.
If you struggle to eat healthily, here are 3 other ways you can improve digestion:
1. Take Probiotics and Other Supplements
Probiotics and other supplements can help your digestive system work more efficiently from the first bite all the way to your intestines. Some products, like Digest-It Colon Cleanse, not only help your body build natural probiotics, but also help your digestive system perform an internal cleanse. Other great natural supplements for digestive troubles include: licorice, peppermint oil, chamomile, and ginger.
2. Add Basic Exercise Into Your Day
One of the best ways to get things moving through your digestive system is to break a sweat. Unfortunately, busy schedules and long commutes often prevent us from dedicating large amounts of time to traditional workouts. However, there are some quick exercises you can add into your morning routine, lunch break, or travel home. These include:
- Brisk Walking: 25-30 minutes per day helps your intestines contract, which helps waste move out of your body.
- Cycling: Daily bike riding will also help your intestines, not to mention it’s good for the environment!
- Crunches: Performing crunches not only tones your abs, but it also helps realign your digestive system. Crunches also help prevent gas and bloating. If you get bored easily, you can mix things up with vertical leg crunches, long arm crunches, sit ups, or even reverse crunches.
3. Make Time For Relaxation
Stress naturally causes tension throughout our bodies, including throughout our digestive system. By building small moments of relaxation into your day (especially before or after meals), you can help relax your digestive track and boost digestive health. Experts say that breathing exercises quickly relax our bodies and improve digestion. Proper breathing can also alleviate digestive problems like heartburn and bloating. Daily yoga routines also work your muscles in a way that promotes relaxation and better digestive health. Not to mention, studies show that yoga reduces stress, and less stress means better digestion, too!