How Can I Improve My Digestion?


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Foods To Support And Boost Your Digestive Processes

Black Pepper: Stimulates the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid necessary for the digestion of proteins and other food components in the stomach. It’s also a carminitive that helps prevent the formation of intestinal gas.

Avoid water before meals: Do not drink water, half an hour before eating food. If needed sip some water in between meals.

Bitters: Often called ‘Swedish bitters’ is a traditional digestive tonic consisting of an alcohol base and the extracts of bitters herbs and spices. Bitters stimulate the digestive system to produce digestive enzymes, secrete bile, and balance acid levels in the stomach. You can make your own bitters by using herbs like dandelion, burdock root, fennel, yellow dock, angelica and gentian.

Exercise: Aids in proper digestion. Even frequent low-level activity like walking is an excellent aid to digestion,

Good fats: Include good fats like coconut oil, grass fed butter, ghee, fermented cod liver oil and unheated olive oil in your diet.

Eat probiotics like yogurt, kefir, kombucha, tempeh, coconut water and miso. These foods are filled with similar bacteria to your body’s own microorganisms that are needed for digestion such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.

Eat soluble fiber foods like carrots, psyllium, cucumbers, lentils and oats, strawberries, pears and oranges. They attract water and form a gel that increases satiety.

Eat Insoluble fiber foods which includes nuts, seeds, chia, whole wheat, other whole grains, brown rice, celery, bulgar, onions, vegetable skins and dark, leafy vegetables. These types of fiber do not absorb water and improve movement of food through the GI tract.

Hydrate: The combination of high-fiber and water will increase efficiency of digestion and waste disposal.

Ginger can treat many digestive issues as it relaxes the smooth muscle of the intestines, relieving symptoms of gas and cramping. You can sip ginger tea throughout the day and with meals to reduce digestive issues.

Smaller meals: If 3 large meals a day give you acid reflux or heart burn, try eating several small meals per day. Your body is better at digesting smaller quantities at a time.

Eat at regular intervals and keep a schedule. Abrupt timings cause disturbance in the body’s functioning in addition to disrupting the digestive cycle.

Eat lean proteins (fish and lean cuts in meat) as they are less likely to cause heartburn and quicker to digest than high fat food.

Avoid cigarettes and alcohol as these substances can cause nausea and disrupt digestive cycles.

Avoid caffeine as it increases acidity in the stomach which can lead to high levels of heart burn and acid reflux.

Lower Stress levels: Stress causes weight gain, constipation, diarrhea and a lowered immune system. It will leave you prone to the h.pylori bacteria that causes ulcers.

Magnesium has been found to improve digestion. Eat Magnesium rich foods or take a supplement like Magnesium skin oil.

Control your intake: According to Ayurveda, one-third to one-quarter of our stomach must be left empty to allow space for our body to easily digest our meal. A simple way to gauge an ideal portion of food for a meal based on your body size is to cup your hands together with your fingertips touching, forming the shape of a bowl. The recommended amount of food for a meal is the equivalent of two of these handfuls of food.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Add a tsp of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink them before meals.

Try a gluten free diet for a few weeks and see if symptoms improve. You can follow the same elimination diet with other foods like pasteurized dairy or nightshades, if you feel those could be a problem for your digestive system.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Ria Aggarwal
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Ria Aggarwal
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Himanshu Vishwakarma
Himanshu Vishwakarma 5pts

I hope that it will work but some medicine which is good for liver works against of pancreas which is very important to release digestive juices

Ria Aggarwal
Ria Aggarwal 5pts

Hi sir good work god blessing. :) Sir mere ek per m dard rehta h 10-minute se jyada na chal sakti na khadi reh skti ghutne k niche ki tarf dard rehta h kitne dawai li kuch ni hota फिज़ोठेरेपी. Batai h pr pta ni us se bhi thi hongi ki ni 1-saal se ho raha h.

Yogesh Vyas
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Casey Tyler
Casey Tyler 5pts

Well I have to drink water my throat doesn't work right

CL Moses
CL Moses 5pts

No, that's not true. Chew slowly and let your saliva mix with your food to release digestive enzymes. When you drink water during the meal you are diluting the enzymes and nutritional value of the food. Thus, taking the process longer to digest your food.

Humairah Shaikh
Humairah Shaikh 5pts

don't eat specie food have good amnt of protien avaoid high sodium food also but 1st avoid spiece food

Yogesh Vyas
Yogesh Vyas 5pts

Ria ji: Aapke hubby ko paani her ghante me pine ki aadat dalwaye 2nd raat ko sone se phele 2 spoon gulkand Kha k, 1 glass garam milk pina for 1 week or btana relief mila Ya nahi 3rd nashpati ka juice pilaye 4th khane k baad vjrasan kare..

Khuzaima Nabeel
Khuzaima Nabeel 5pts

Thanx for information but plz tell me the treatment of dudinal ulcer

Gregorio Garcia
Gregorio Garcia 5pts

Drink the juice of small potatoe before meals. No skin

Julie Youmans
Julie Youmans 5pts

Casey Tyler take sips of water, maybe not drinking the whole glass. Our bodies need our stomach acids to naturally digest the food being eaten. I hope this helps

Ria Aggarwal
Ria Aggarwal 5pts

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Casey Tyler
Casey Tyler 5pts

But you're supposed to drink water with meals...

Suraj Khanna
Suraj Khanna 5pts

Suitable food at proper time...and...after lunch rest a while..after dinner walk a mile

Yogesh Vyas
Yogesh Vyas 5pts

1st control of your food don't eat anything in anytime. Always take heavy breakfast then less lunch then less dinner. Do walk or vjrasan after meal. Don't drink water before, between and after meal. Maintain gap at least 1 hr, if need take 2-3 sip. For more, how to improve digestion system and other things, you can ping me. :)

Afia Bhalli
Afia Bhalli 5pts

Show these to khala if she can try few of them. Really effective

Miki Notenboom
Miki Notenboom 5pts

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Murugiah Logesh
Murugiah Logesh 5pts

For good digestion, Have a good deep sleep for 8 hours. You will see the Magic :-)

Linda Rhiner
Linda Rhiner 5pts

I think the money would be better spent building cheap housing for the homeless. With indoor bathrooms.

Harjeet Singh
Harjeet Singh 5pts

kelly u willme surprised i eat one kg ginger daily wife says are u crazy?ha ha';;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Chanda Bluemoon
Chanda Bluemoon 5pts

despite using ayurvedic natural remedies,i suffer lots from gas prb. plz advice...thk u

Ayurveda 5pts

Thank You Laveena Jashnani