Dr. Kassam 10 great tips for improving your digestion
10 great tips for improving your digestion
Written by: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
As a Naturopath, one of the most common questions we like to ask our patients is, “Do you have any digestive concerns”? Many will say “no issues with digestion!” However, as we delve deeper, it becomes quite apparent that this is actually not the case. Most people become so accustomed to abdominal discomfort that they don't know life without it. Some common symptoms of digestive imbalances include: constipation/diarrhea, bloating, gas, acid reflux and/or nausea. These symptoms are a clear sign that your digestive system is not functioning at its best. Poor digestion can lead to decreased absorption of vitamins/minerals, skin issues and/or weight gain and many more.
My goal for this article is to you educate you on the process of digestion and little things we may be doing to impede the process. The Nervous System is most important when it comes to regulating digestion. It is comprised of two branches: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. The Sympathetic Nervous System is involved with the fight-or-flight response. It diverts blood flow into the extremities and away from the digestive tract. The Parasympathetic Nervous System counteracts this effect and slows the heart rate and increases intestinal activity. Digestion is stimulated by the Parasympathetic system and inhibited by the Sympathetic. This simply shows how important the mind is when it comes to digesting food.
Here are some simple solutions to help digest your meals better and minimize any possible discomfort:
1. Wind down
3. Sit down and eat your meals
4. Maximize your senses
5. Chew more
6. Engage in conversation
7. Be cognizant of the types of food you are eating
8. Relax after a meal
9. Peppermint and chamomile tea
10. If the above suggestions just aren’t doing it for you and you just need a little extra support, try the following digestive aids:
**Disclaimer - The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.
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