True Health Starts with Gut Health
Jun 29, 2020 08:00AM
By Bridget Casey
The following are some simple tips that can be used to help improve digestion and gut health.
Before and During Meals:
Carve out time for meals – avoid eating on the run; instead choose to sit down, focus on and enjoy each meal.
Enjoy the entire mealtime experience from the process of preparing to the actual eating of food—the sounds, smells, sight, taste, etc.
Try to get into a relaxed, calm and appreciative state prior to meals. Digestion does not work properly without the body being relaxed. You can try taking 10 deep, belly breaths with long exhales, saying a word of gratitude, or any other activity that is calming.
~Avoid distractions while eating, such as the TV, cell phone or computer.
~Listen to your body and try to eat when truly hungry (i.e. avoid eating out of boredom, etc.).
~Chew food thoroughly; it should be in a liquid state before swallowing.
~Avoid beverages with meals, but drink plenty of water between meals.
~Avoid tight clothing around the waist.
~If you tend to overeat: Stop eating when you start to feel full. Avoid the urge to clean your plate; instead save leftovers for a future meal.
~Most importantly, have fun and enjoy meals. Try sharing recipes with friends or experimenting with new ingredients and spices. Food is meant to be shared and loved.
Depending on one’s symptoms and situation, additional support may be indicated in order to achieve proper digestive function. If this is the case, it is recommended to work with a practitioner, such as a naturopathic doctor, that can help create an individualized plan, which may include herbs, supplements, homeopathics or other natural remedies to help improve digestive function and overall health.
Bridget Casey, ND, is the owner of Rhode Island Natural Medicine, LLC, located at 35 S. Angell St., Ste. #7, Providence. For more information, call 401-642-5855 or visit RINaturalMedicine.com.