Although the foods we consume are crucial for our gut health, our eating habits and routines can directly influence our digestive systems as well. Here are some healthy eating habits to try that will support proper digestion.
Interestingly enough, while the foods we consume are crucial, did you know eating habits like sporadic snacking and quick consumption can influence your digestive health? See how adjusting small aspects of your routine can help support proper digestion:
Stick to a Schedule
Just like our sleep/wake cycle, our bodies like being on a schedule when it comes to meal times. When you snack mindlessly, without paying attention to the amount of food you’re consuming, or the time of day you’re eating it, it can cause your stomach to be overworked, which results in bloating and discomfort. Instead, try consuming meals at consistent times each day to get your digestive system into a routine.
Have you ever heard the saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach?” Well, if you’ve quickly consumed a plate of food and then shortly after felt the repercussions, you understand what that statement means. Eating too quickly can result in bloating, cramping, and fullness, all of which are signs of improper digestion. Instead, take time to chew your food slowly, savoring each bite. Not only will you be able to enjoy your meal more thoroughly, but you’ll also give your body enough time to digest the food. By slowing down, your stomach will be able to send signals to your brain that indicate you’re full, helping to prevent overeating.
Sip Water Prior to Eating:
As you digest, your body is absorbing nutrients from food and passing them into your bloodstream. By drinking an 8oz glass of H2O before a big meal, you’ll start stimulating the digestive process. This may also help you feel fuller, which will prevent you from overeating. Moreover, it also helps to drink water before your meal, rather than with your meal, as to not dilute your stomach acid, which is important for digestion.
Eat Less, More.
Rather than sticking to the average 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), try eating 6 smaller meals to support your digestive health. After consuming larger meals, your blood sugar level will oftentimes rise. However, once the food is completely digested, your blood sugar will drop, leaving you feeling sluggish. Having 6 smaller portioned meals is easier on your digestive system, and still keeps you feeling full. If you decide to stick to this way of eating, try to keep your smaller meal times consistent each day!
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