There are a lot of pharmaceuticals and aggressive drugs or products that can seemingly help with your digestion. The problem is that they tend to rely on unnatural components, and can mess up your body’s ability to regulate its own digestion. You don’t want too much help from chemicals or pharmaceuticals, because then your body can forget how to do things on its own. Then you get deeper into the cycle of poor digestion. Ideally, you want to fix things in a natural, sustainable way. You want the steps you take to better digestion to be ones that you can repeat regularly, without concern of side effects, right? Of course. That’s why it’s important to know these holistic steps to better digestion.
Are you chewing your food entirely? Don’t be in such a hurry to tell your friend that story that you inhale your food without chewing it. The process of chewing creates more saliva, which delivers digestive enzymes down your digestive tract. Your body also just can’t really break down food that hasn’t been properly chewed.
Eat liver-healthy foods
Your liver works in tandem with your digestive system, so you need to take care of one if you’re going to take care of the other. The liver processes nutrients absorbed by the small intestine, so you need to keep it in working order by consuming liver-healthy foods like garlic, grapefruit, beets, watermelon, papaya, berries, and oatmeal.
You can buy glutamine as a supplement at most pharmacies and health food stores. Glutamine is an amino acid that’s responsible for healing and repairing the intestinal lining. Our bodies produce it, and you can find it in certain foods like beans, eggs, and yogurt, but many of us are a bit deficient in the stuff.
Stick to a regular sleep schedule
A regular sleep schedule is so important to good digestion. Your intestines begin to rely on certain windows of time to do what they need to do, like rest, process food, and move food along. If those windows are missed due to an irregular sleep schedule, your digestion can get all out of whack.
Eat little meals, all day
While intermittent fasting has become all the rage, there are some risks that can come with it, including poor digestion. If you don’t eat for a long time, your intestines become sluggish, almost freezing up, and then, the sudden task of moving food along when you do eat can overwhelm them. It’s best to eat little meals, often, to keep your intestines in working order.
Drink aloe vera juice
Aloe vera juice does many wonderful things for your digestion. It lubricates the intestines, so things can move through them smoothly. It can ease stomach irritation. It can even ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other inflammatory digestive disorders.
Cut the booze
Alcohol is, as we know, not great for your liver, which we now know is an important teammate for your digestive tract. Alcohol also increases acid in the stomach, which can interfere with proper digestion and cause acid reflux. It also tends to make you do other unfortunate things, like eat late at night and eat bad foods.